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.
Clinical legal education is law school training in which students participate in actual cases under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor. RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.
Through the RWU Clinical Programs, students are given the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of programs, to gain an abundant array of practical and professional legal skills, to work in a professional environment that provides extensive supervision and support, and to contribute to a variety of causes and advocate for a variety of client populations.
Clinical Programs at RWU Law
- In-House Clinics - All of our in-house clinics are supervised by full-time faculty members. The professionally staffed full-service law office is located in Historic Downtown Providence, RI and houses the Business Start-up Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic and the Immigration Clinic.
- Field Clinic - Our field clinic is supervised by highly experienced attorneys in a nationally regarded law firm who are employed as members of our adjunct faculty.
- Clinical Externships - All clinical externships are administered by permanent directors who provide personalized supervision, classroom teaching, and training.
RWU Clinical Programs are diverse and are always strengthening and growing. RWU Law students are given the opportunity to represent real clients, work for judges, connect with community organizations and leaders, and to collaborate with practicing attorneys.
Through such work and service, students develop practical and professional skills and directly and substantially contribute to the legal community in Rhode Island and beyond while serving various populations in need of legal service.