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Respected scholar, teacher and administrator Michael J. Yelnosky became the fifth dean of Roger Williams University School of Law on July 1, 2014.

A founding member of RWU Law’s faculty, Dean Yelnosky has grown up with the law school. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for...



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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
11/17/2014 at 09:33 AM
As the shortest day of the year approaches, it can be uplifting to recall the long, bright days of summer. Just months ago, across practice settings and across the country, many of our students used the summer months to gain valuable experience, make connections, and experiment – to look for that space in the vast network of legal careers that will provide them professional and personal satisfaction. Here, three of our students share their experiences from the past summer: CHRISTINE K. CASTRO, 2L Women’s Law Project (Pittsburgh, PA) “This summer I had the opportunity to intern at the Women’...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/29/2014 at 09:11 AM
RWU Law has always been more affordable than most of our peer schools.  Last year we took a bold step and widened that gap considerably by reducing our tuition by 18% and freezing tuition for each year of a law student’s course of study.  We recognized what too many schools want to deny - that the job market for lawyers has softened and that reducing graduates’ debt makes it easier for them to find their way in that market. The Wall Street Journal and other national publications noticed our leadership on affordability. But there is no quick fix to the debt problem.  Thus, we...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/17/2014 at 12:33 PM
On September 18th, Gerry Riskin delivered the 3rd Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture. Riskin directed the attention of the lawyers in the packed house to the disruptive changes in law practice taking place all around them, and he made provocative predictions about truly revolutionary changes on the horizon. The Providence Business News described our decision to make disruption in the market for legal services the subject of the lecture as evidence that we are “acutely aware of the changes afoot.” In this, as in so many other ways, we are preparing our students for the future, not for...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/02/2014 at 02:53 PM
Last weekend, a group of law school alumni returned to Bristol and Providence to visit old friends and meet new ones. I attended each of the four events that made up the weekend, and at each I came away convinced that our alumni are not just great lawyers. They are great people. They are warm, kind, and generous. I am proud to be the dean of their law school. Here are some pictures from a weekend full of great moments. Aidan’s Pub, Bristol, RI – Friday evening September 26th Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Providence, RI – Saturday evening September 27th G Pub Rooftop,...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
08/25/2014 at 08:12 AM
Roger Williams University is a leader in preparing law students for today's legal marketplace. In this video, the new Dean, Michael J. Yelnosky, talks about what makes RWU Law different.
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
08/18/2014 at 07:01 AM
In this space, which we have named trending@rwulaw, you will be able to hear the many voices that make up the RWU Law community. Beginning soon, you will find here posts from members of the faculty, staff, and student body. You will also find posts from alumni, members of our boards, and other friends and supporters of the law school. If you read these posts you will conclude, as I have, that RWU Law is not like every other law school. We are a leader in experiential education. We are a leader in training lawyers who are socially responsible. We are a leader in controlling the spiraling cost...