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The Marine Affairs Institute holds a major symposium every other year. These events draw national and international experts in their various fields to RWU Law. Students can attend these symposia for free. Past topics range from fisheries law, climate change and the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Facility

  • Square feet:   30,203
  • Seating:  397
  • Shelving:  26,774 linear feet
  • Hours open each week when classes are in session:  100 hours
  • Group study rooms: 13 rooms, several with A/V playback.  

Technology

  • Student computing:  25 lab computers (2 labs), 12 open computers  
  • Wireless network:  802.11n, including Guest access
  • Printing/Copying/Scanning: 3 print stations, 2 copiers, 1 copy card vending machine, and 1 book scanner with sheet feeder.   Lexis printing for current law affiliates only.  Wireless printing available for law students.

Collection 

  • Volumes and volume equivalents: over 295,000   
  • Licensed databases and owned electronic titles: over 170,000

The library collection focuses on Rhode Island and Maritime Law and the library serves as a State Justice Institute depository.  By arrangement with the University Library (a Selective Depository Library), the Law Library also maintains a number of federal government documents titles.   The library collection is comprehensive for current and historical federal law materials:  legislative, judicial, and administrative.  The library also collects current and historical state law materials for the New England states and selected major states: legislative and judicial materials, secondary source materials, and treatises.  The library also maintains a core international law collection.

Library Staff

  • Full-time library employees: 9 (includes director)
  • Librarians: 6 with Masters degrees in library & information science, 3 also hold a law degree.
  • Paraprofessionals: 3 library paraprofessional staff