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RWU Law partners with the Alpert Medical School of Brown Medical School and the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy in the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership for Children.  This unique collaboration offers legal services to low-income families at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

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Facility

  • Square feet:   31,224
  • Seating:  408
  • Shelving:  27,279 linear feet
  • Hours open each week when classes are in session:  110 hours
  • Group study rooms: 18 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 2 scanners.   Lexis printing for current law affiliates only.  Wireless printing available for law students.

Collection 

  • Volumes and volume equivalents: over 310,000   
  • Licensed databases and owned electronic titles: over 25,000

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