Dean’s Blog

04/23/2014
RWU Law was an active participant in the RI Urban League’s annual Community Debate. This terrific event, hosted by Brown University, brings urban youth from around the state, pairs them with...

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For 2011 graduates, RWU Law had 11.1% of graduates entering public interest law, higher than the national average (7.5%).



Class Actions

Course Number: 
LSM.730
Credits: 
2

When class actions became a feature of the American civil litigation landscape in the 1960’s, few people anticipated how pervasive and powerful they would become. However, as loudly as supporters have applauded the ability of courageous plaintiffs and their innovative attorneys to use class actions to seek redress for social and economic wrongs, critics have just as vocally attacked what they perceive as unaccountable, attorney-driven litigation. This seminar is designed to provide a basic introduction to the fascinating world of class action litigation. Topics to be covered include: the purpose of class actions; class certification; notice and opt-out rights; litigation strategy and settlement. Throughout the course, students will also explore the thorny academic and practical questions raised by class actions.