One of the highlights of fall semesters at RWU Law is the annual visit of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The Court comes to campus to preside over the final round of our flagship internal Moot Court Competition, named after a deeply respected member of our faculty, the late Esther Clark. The case involved a sweeping youth curfew in a hypothetical town, which was challenged on the grounds that it violated both substantive due process (the right to travel) and the equal protection clause (unduly burdening a suspect class—minors).
Our fledgling Immigration Law Clinic has hit the ground running, winning the freedom of a 27-year old Liberian college student who suffered the horrors of the Liberian civil wars, who came to the U.S. as a refugee, then became a permanent resident. The Department of Homeland Security sought to deport him because of two offenses in RI for which he received no jail time (a receipt of stolen property and assault). He had spent 10 months in jail before the RWUSOL Immigration Clinic got involved in his case.
In addition to the opportunity to network at the 6th Annual Legal Career Options Day sponsored by the Office of Career Services, check out publications in the Law Library’s Career Collection for tips on improving your networking skills. The Career Collection is located adjacent to the Library Print Center. The publications can be checked out for three weeks. Some publications are:
One major difference between 1L and 2L year is that you can really get a jump start on investigating internship opportunities. It’s strange, but already there is rush to upload resumes, cover letters, and begin the application process for internships for the summer. It’s only September!!!
Well, I’m guilty of it too. I figure there’s no better way to get starting that
The results from the July bar exam in our home state have come in, and the news is very good. RWU grads beat the pass rate of all takers (RWU grads:83%; all takers:82%) and tied the rate for first-time takers (85%). Especially impressive is the rate racked up by the folks who graduated in May: 87%!
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The Law Library has several books on internships in various subject areas. They are published by the Career Education Institutes and are shelved in the Law Library’s Career Collection. Even if you are not interested in an internship, these are helpful to consult as to potential employers.
Among the recent titles are The Human Rights Internship Book (KF266 .H86 2010), Internships in International Law (KF266. I58 2010) and The Women’s Rights Internship Book (KF266 .W66 2010).
The School of Law recently hosted an important symposium on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people in Rhode Island. The program, "A Gay and Lesbian User Guide to Rhode Island", focused on six key areas facing LGBT citizens - estate planning, marriage, healthcare navigation, eldercare and Medicaid law, anti-discrimination...
In addition to the services offered by the Office of Career Services for career exploration such as the Annual Legal Career Options Day, the Law Library also has resources for information on career options within the legal profession and alternatives to traditional law firm practice. These books and others on job searching are shelved in the Law Library’s Career Collection located next to the Law Library Print Center. All books in the Law Library’s Career Collection can be checked out of the Law Library for twenty-one days.