Upcoming Events

Commencement

RWU Law 20th-anniversary

Commencement

RWU Law 20th-anniversary

Boston Alumni Networking Reception
APR
30
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA
Accepted Students Day
MAY
12
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
RWU Law Ten Metacom Avenue Bristol, RI 02809
RWU School of Law Commencement
MAY
16
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bristol, Rhode Island
Law Alumni Association Annual Breakfast Meeting
JUN
19
7:45 am - 9:15 am
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence

Fast Facts

RWU Law offers a joint JD and master’s degree in marine affairs with the University of Rhode Island. Only 3 law schools in the U.S. offer such a joint degree.



Melanie Shapiro '12

photo of Melanie ShapiroMelanie Shapiro ’12, co-founder and co-director of Citizens Against Trafficking, played a key role in the 2009 passage of a law closing a loophole that allowed indoor prostitution in Rhode Island. To convince legislators, she spent hours staking out illicit “spa-brothels,” creating a meticulous database that demonstrated the immense human cost of the earlier status quo. “When you legalize something, you legitimize it,” Melanie says. “And I could never stand behind legitimizing something so inherently dangerous to women and children. Rhode Island was part of an international legislative debate about prostitution. The whole world was watching, and this change will have policy implications throughout the world.”