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Legal Intern at Army JAG, Virginia My internship was extremely fast-paced. I assisted with the Sexual Assault Trial Advocacy Course, helped...

Upcoming Events

Open Door Speaker Series

Open Door Speaker Series

Exploring Your Options: Private Sector
FEB
09
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
2nd Floor Atrium
Clinic & Externship Info Session
FEB
10
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 262
February Open House
FEB
17
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Washington, D.C. Area Info Session for Prospective Students
FEB
22
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Marzen Room, 900 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Washington, D.C. Law Alumni Networking Reception
FEB
22
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Marzen Room, 900 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004


Simulation Courses

Hands-On Learning in the Classroom

RWU Law is deeply committed to the philosophy of learning by doing.  Each student is required to take at least one course from a menu of courses designated as Upper Level Legal Practice courses because, rather than focus on teaching a doctrinal area of the law, these courses aim to teach particular sets of legal skills required for the practice of law.  They are taught in very small sections, providing an environment for extensive simulation, role play, and feedback from the faculty member.  Offerings include courses in litigation skills, communication skills, transactional practice skills, and legal drafting skills.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Federal Practice/Federal Litigation
    In this upper-level course, students handle a simulated federal case through all stages of litigation, starting from the filing of a complaint and proceeding all the way through to trial. The course, which involves significant role-playing exercises and extensive critique, is co-taught by a seasoned federal litigator, a full-time member of the faculty, and United States District Court Judge William E. Smith.
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy: Complex Personal Injury
    In this upper level course, a seasoned personal injury lawyer who has handled much of the highest-profile litigation in Rhode Island leads the students through an exploration of the litigation of a complex civil case. The course involves significant role-playing exercises and extensive critique.
  • Mental Health Law: A Multidisciplinary Approach
    This upper level course includes both law students and graduate students from Brown University who are studying forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology. Students in the course explore the boundaries between law and behavioral health. Through a series of role playing exercises, students get to experience various hearings related to mental health law, including a competency hearing, a civil commitment hearing, and a dangerousness hearing.