Our Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students and community organizations to provide desperately needed legal assistance for the underserved residents of the state. The unique program includes 10 major law firms, over 20 community-based organizations and several dozen law students.
Programs & Initiatives
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
The School of Law celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of activities to highlight his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Diversity Symposium Dinner
This annual event brings together Rhode Island attorneys and judges with high school, college, and law students to discuss issues of interest to members of populations traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession and the justice system.
Street Law Program
Street Law is practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights where Roger Williams Law students teach in local inner-city high schools.
Thurgood Marshall Lecture Series
The Thurgood Marshall Lecture Series is held biennially and is sponsored by the School of Law, a local law firm and the Marshall family.
Bridge to Success Law Day
Each year the School of Law invites local high school students to campus to hear more about pursuing a legal career. These campus visits provide an opportunity for current law students to advise and guide students from nearby high schools as they consider becoming lawyers. One group of students who visits annually is from the Bridge to Success Program, a college readiness program facilitated by Roger Williams University. It serves inner-city high school students from Providence and Newport, RI.
Jump Start Summer Program
This program, co-sponsored by the Academic Success Program and the Office of Diversity & Outreach, is held every year in the week leading up to new student orientation. It is designed to provide additional academic and social support for select students as they transition into law school and to help them reach their full potential to achieve success.
Latino Policy Institute
Housed at Roger Williams, the Latino Policy Institute is an independent research organization committed to generating and communicating non-partisan data of Latinos in Rhode Island. The LPI stimulates public policy discourse and enhances the public’s understanding of the Rhode Island Latino experience. With this information, Latinos’ social, economic and civic contributions to the state can be better documented and understood.
This clinical program provides students with hands-on opportunities to represent immigrant clients. Students enrolled in the immigration clinic represent noncitizens in their applications for relief from removal before the Immigration Court in Boston.