Summer Stipend Recipients

Jennifer Roth
My experience at this internship has been incredible and unforgettable.  I assisted an attorney with research for her oral argument in front of...

Upcoming Events

Happy Holidays

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Happy Holidays

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Admissions Info Session
JAN
16
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Keynote Address by Paulette Brown
JAN
20
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
School of Law Appellate Courtroom 283
Champions for Justice Dinner and Public Interest Auction
JAN
30
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Providence Biltmore Hotel
Behind Closed Doors
FEB
11
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Appellate Courtroom - Room 283
Washington, DC Law Alumni Reception
FEB
24
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Marriott Washington at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC


Clinical Externships

Our Clinical Externship Programs enable second and third-year students to earn academic credit while training under the supervision of public interest lawyers, corporate counsel, or judges through our five different programs: Corporate Counsel, Environmental & Land Use Law, Judicial, Prosecution, and Public Interest (including public defenders, legal services lawyers, government attorneys, and many others.) Because RWU Law is the only law school in the state, our students have access to plum opportunities in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, both state and federal. Students must apply in advance, and should seek advice from the Feinstein Center to maximize their ability to be part of these programs.  An information session will be held in advance of the deadline each semester for the following semester’s program.  All programs are offered each fall and spring but the Public Interest Program is also offered in the summer.

What is the difference between a Clinical Externship and a Clinic?

In a Clinical Externship, a student trains outside of the law school under the supervision of attorneys or judges. Generally, the law student is assigned projects that deepen the students’ substantive knowledge and skill base. Students make valuable connections and learn lessons about the real-world of practice in a busy public interest law office, corporation, or judicial chambers. For students looking for an immersive experience, we offer the Semester-in-Practice which enables a student to train outside of the law school full-time under the supervision of attorneys or judges.  The Semester-in-Practice Program allows a student to work either locally or in a remote location chosen by the student and approved by the Clinical Externship Director. .

In an In-House Clinic, a student works in Providence under the supervision of a full-time faculty member whose sole purpose is to teach students and direct the clinic.  Students are certified as student attorneys and handle a small number of their own cases often from start to finish. Each student at RWU Law is allowed to take advantage of these opportunities in the following combinations, or, of course, by taking just one:

  • 1 Clinical Externship and 1 In-house Clinic;
  • 2 Clinical Externships;
  • 2 In-House Clinics; or
  • 1 Semester-in-Practice and 1 In-House Clinic. Each Clinical Externship requires students to register for a 2-credit graded seminar and 4, 6, or 12 credits of ungraded field work credit.  Students must be selected by the director of each program.

For more information or to schedule a counseling session with the Feinstein Center, please contact lquinn@rwu.edu.