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27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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JUL
28
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
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09
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AUG
19
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Swansea Country Club, Swansea, MA

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07/10/2017
By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
When I talk to prospective students about RWU Law I have lots to say, but I don’t spend too much time talking about our faculty’s teaching because all law schools say they have great teachers, and...

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For the Class of 2017 the average entering age was 25.  Students ages ranged from 20 to 65.



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  • March 15, 2017 | In the Media
    From WPRO 630: The Gene Valicenti Show, "Gene talks with RWU Law Dean Michael Yelnosky about the LSAT exam."For 70 years, the LSAT has been a rite of passage to legal education, a test designed to gauge students’ ability to learn the law. But its dominance could change. Beginning this fall, Harvard Law School will allow applicants to submit their scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Law School Admission Test. Dean Michael J. Yelnosky speaks with WPRO's Gene Valicenti about...
  • December 09, 2016 | In the Media
    From GoLocalProv: “Rhode Island Courts Could Soon Have Only One Minority Judge” by Kate Nagle December 08, 2016: Could Rhode Island — a state whose population is more than 25% minority — soon have just one judge of color on the state’s roster of 85 judges and magistrates? [See RWU Law Magazine coverage of this question.] [...] “I think you start off with the recognition that the justice system ought to reflect the people subjected to it,” said Roger Williams University Professor of Law David...
  • August 15, 2016 | News & Features
    One hallmark of an education at RWU Law is instruction in lawyering skills.  We teach students both how to think like lawyers and how to act like lawyers.  We have been recognized for our innovative curriculum, and last year we joined a small group of law schools that now require a third semester of instruction in legal writing, one of the most important lawyering skills. This year we welcome two new members of the faculty who will help us continue to deliver the best legal...
  • February 24, 2016 | In the Media
    From WPRO AM 630: "John Loughlin talks with Dean Yelnosky about the passing of Justice Scalia." 
  • December 17, 2015 | In the Media
    From The Providence Journal: "Looking for greater diversity in R.I.'s judicial pipeline" by Edward Fitzpatrick December 17. 2015: In an interview for The Providence Journal’s “Race in Rhode Island” series, Governor Raimondo vowed to appoint people of color to state judgeships during her four-year term, but noted that all 15 finalists for three current judicial vacancies are white, and she called for more “diversity in the pipeline.” Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams University...
  • August 24, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., August 24, 2015 – Judge Edward C. Clifton has joined the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law, where he will collaborate with students to conduct research on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts. Judge Clifton, who retired from the Rhode Island Superior Court in June after more than two decades on the bench, has also served as a judge on the Providence Municipal Court and the Rhode Island District Court. At RWU Law, his title is Distinguished Jurist in Residence...
  • May 27, 2015 | News & Features
    A young person’s passage from the sheltered years of childhood to the independence of adulthood can be traumatic for any parent. But when the child reaching 18 is mentally or physically unable to handle adult responsibilities and demands, establishing an appropriate form of guardianship can carry emotional and financial burdens of its own. One of dozens of programs coordinated through the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law, the Bradley Hospital Guardianship...
  • May 15, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 15, 2015 – A cool, sunny and breezy day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland – recently retired as Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice, and the first African-American to serve on the court in its 305-year history – addressed the 115 graduates of the Class of 2015 during Commencement exercises Friday. Judge Ireland notably voted in favor of same-sex marriage as his state became the first in the nation to legalize it in 2003...
  • April 08, 2015 | News & Features
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 9, 2015 – To help address the growing volume of unmet legal needs among vulnerable individuals, families and communities in Rhode Island, representatives from the Rhode Island Center for Justice and the Roger Williams University School of Law gathered with elected officials, members of the bench and bar, and allied community organizations today to formally launch the Center for Justice, a new nonprofit public interest law center. The Center for Justice’s Board of...
  • March 16, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:  "Roger Williams University law school students swap R&R for public service: Alternative Spring Break provides hands-on legal experience," by Tracee M. Herbaugh, Journal Staff Writer [...] Alternative Spring Break has now become a tradition at the Roger Williams [University] School of Law. In its eight years of existence, the program has grown in size and scope, offering 17 service projects that range from working in a solicitor’s office to...
  • January 09, 2015 | News & Features
    January 9, 2015: Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to announce that alumna Katie A. Ahern ’07, an associate at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP in Providence, will be directing the school’s Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) this semester. RWU Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic focuses on teaching students to represent clients in business-related transactions, by providing legal services to nonprofit and community-based businesses in Rhode Island. Under full...
  • October 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyer Weekly: "A Quick Word With ... Michael J. Yelnosky: Law school dean aims to give young lawyers leg up" by Pat Murphy October 16, 2014: On Oct. 2, Roger Williams University School of Law announced that it will extend its Affordable Excellence program — an 18-percent tuition reduction first implemented for the current academic year — through 2015-2016, translating to a savings of approximately $30,426 over the course of three years. The school also will maintain this year...
  • October 02, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., Oct. 2, 2014 – With the number of first-year students up 24 percent since last fall – despite an admissions climate characterized by sharply shrinking enrollments at law schools across the country – Roger Williams University School of Law has pledged to continue its Affordable Excellence initiative to confront increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing legal education today. For RWU Law students, the continuation of...
  • September 08, 2014 | In the Media
    From the New York Post: "College costs 101," by Post Editorial Board September 7, 2014: It’s a man-bites-dog headline: “College Gets Cheaper.” But for law students at three American universities, that’s just what’s happened to their tuition bills. The University of Iowa College of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law have all cut their prices for tuition. And all say they’re already seeing a return on that...
  • June 10, 2014 | In the Media
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Students value transactional skills" by Patricia Daddona, PBN Staff Writer June 14, 2014: Law school is a heady experience, and by that, recent Roger Williams University Law School graduate John Clarke, of North Kingstown, means “theoretical.” Law school coursework “doesn’t necessarily translate into real-world skills,” said Clarke, after participating in the spring semester of the RWU Law School Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program run by Cecily Banks,...