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RWU Law study abroad opportunities are offered in Tianjin, China; Buenos Aries, Argentina; Granada, Spain; and at The Hague in the Netherlands.



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Course Number Descriptionsort icon Credits
LAW.798

Public Interest Internship Program

Students are assigned to state or federal government agencies or to non-profit legal services organizations. The student clerks conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe administrative, trial or appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with public officials, and perform the duties of a law clerk under the supervision of a supervising attorney and a faculty member. Students in their final year of school may also appear in court on behalf of the state or clients in limited types of proceedings. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the assigned office and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Public Interest Lawyering and Ethics.

3 Credit(s)
LSM.856.W

Racial Privilege and Post-Racial Politics

The course will examine the reality of continued race discrimination and racial privilege against the backdrop of a legal regime and political system that claim to foster a color blind meritocracy. The readings will be from several sources including the work of Tim Wise in Between Barack and A Hard Place:  Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama.

 

1 Credit(s)
LAW.746

Real Estate Transactions

This course is designed to introduce students to the complexities of land development and redevelopment, the financing of these transactions, and the tax planning required. It will also more lightly note the environmental and land use issues in these areas. Various documents will be prepared by the students during the course. Several classes will focus on negotiation and mediation strategies as issues arise among the various parties to these transactions.

3 Credit(s)
LSM.869

Refugee and Asylum Law

This seminar explores US asylum law and practice employing a comparative and international approach. After establishing the international context within which refugee law has developed, the seminar focuses on U.S. practice, procedure, and doctrine. Through case law and comparative analysis, the substantive elements of refugee status are covered in greater detail. Specific topics to be addressed include the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, the Refugee Act of 1980, Convention Against Torture and other related policies and statutes. To expose students to the practical aspects of asylum advocacy, the class will watch a video about the asylum process, and observe an asylum hearing in immigration court.

2 Credit(s)
LAW.831

Regulatory Compliance

This course is intended to introduce students to the growing field of corporate compliance.   Students will learn the fundamental elements of an effective corporate compliance program and will analyze the practical and legal issues involved in designing, implementing and operating such a program.  A compliance program is an organization’s policies, procedures, and practices designed to create an ethical corporate culture and to prevent and detect wrongdoing. 

3 Credit(s)
LAW.823

Religion, Law and Lawyering

This course considers how religious perspectives might illuminate various issues of secular law and lawyering.  Topics that will be addressed include: parallels between law and religion; religious language in public and legal discourse; religious perspectives on civil liability, criminal law and punishment, and reconciliation with injustice;  interpretation of secular and sacred text; and spiritual dimensions of lawyering.  The course will consider a variety of religious perspectives, including Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Islamic.

3 Credit(s)
LAW.738

Remedies

The remedies course surveys what a court can do for a claimant who has been, or might be, wronged by the defendant. We will address the principal remedies: damages; injunctions (orders to do or refrain from doing certain conduct); restitution (including the possibility of recovering the defendant's gains from a wrongful act, even if those gains exceed the amount of the plaintiff's loss); remedies that simply declare the rights of the parties; pre-judgment remedies before a determination of liability; and the various means of enforcing remedies (including contempt and seizure of property). Throughout the course, we will discuss which of the several remedies are best for the plaintiff, and how to determine the extent of the remedy that the plaintiff may obtain.

3 Credit(s)
LAW.810

Residential Real Estate Transactions

This course is designed to introduce students to the complexities of land development and redevelopment, the financing of these transactions, and the tax planning required. It will also more lightly note the environmental and land use issues in these areas. Various documents will be prepared by the students during the course. Several classes will focus on negotiation and mediation strategies as issues arise among the various parties to these transactions.

3 Credit(s)
LAW.739

Rhode Island Civil Practice

A study of Civil Procedure in Rhode Island, its transition in 1966 from a common law and equity system to a procedure patterned upon the Federal Procedure and its substantial revision in 1995.  In depth consideration of the progression of a civil action from its commencement in the Superior Court to appellate review in the Supreme Court.

3 Credit(s)
LAW.652

Sales

This course focuses primarily on Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. A study of the law governing the sale of goods and financing thereof is covered including the law governing the formation and interpretation of commercial contracts, perfection of security interests and available remedies upon breach of contract. Implied and express warranties, risk of loss allocation and default are discussed.

3 Credit(s)