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

Commencement

Commencement

Open Door Speaker Series: Brand Protection as a Coordinated IP Strategy
MAR
02
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bay View Room | Bristol Campus
New York City Info Session for Prospective Students
MAR
09
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Ainsworth Midtown, 45 E 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016
New York City Law Alumni Reception
MAR
09
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ainsworth Midtown
Accepted Students Day
MAR
25
10:00 am - 11:00 am
RWU Law Main Campus, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
School of Law Commencement
MAY
19
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI


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.  The Public Interest and Prosecution Programs are 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 the Providence Law Clinic under the supervision of a full-time faculty member whose sole purpose is to teach students and direct the clinic.  Students handle a small number of their own cases from start to finish and, when the student practice rule permits it, are certified as student attorneys. 
 

In a Field Clinic, a student works outside of the law school under the supervision of an attorney who also serves as a member of our adjunct faculty.  Students are certified as student attorneys and handle a small number of their own cases from start to finish.

Each student at RWU Law is allowed to take advantage of these opportunities in the following program combinations, or, of course, by taking just one:

  • 1 Clinical Externship and 1 In-House or Field Clinic;
  • 2 Clinical Externships (neither can be Semester-In-Practice);
  • 2 In-House or Field Clinics; or
  • 1 Semester-In-Practice and 1 In-House or Field Clinic.

Note: Each Clinical Externship requires students to register for a 2-credit graded seminar and 4, 6, or 12 credits of ungraded fieldwork credits.  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.