Upcoming Events

marine law symposium


marine law symposium


The People's Fight for Water, Power & Light
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One Empire Plaza, Providence, RI - Room 434
Professor Robert B. Kent '01H Law Library Student Lounge Dedication
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
RWU Law Library - Bristol Campus
Jeopardy! | RWU Law
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
School of Law | Appellate Courtroom 283
Marine Law Symposium
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
LSAT Free Practice Test
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
RWU Law Experiential Campus, 1 Empire Street, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02903


By Brittani Mulholland, 3L
Women in Robes is an annual event sponsored by RWU Law's Women’s Law Society, and dedicated to saluting the achievement of women judges and justices in the Rhode Island judiciary. The event is truly...

Fast Facts

RWU Law provides students a broad range of marine resource and maritime courses taught by full professors as well as expert practitioners.  The curriculum includes courses in admiralty, fisheries, piracy, ocean and coastal law, ocean policy, and climate change.

Affordable Excellence at RWU LAW



  • May 13, 2016 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 13, 2016 – A cool, partly sunny day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as United States Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez delivered a rousing address to the 86 graduates of the Class of 2016 during Commencement exercises here Friday. Perez, former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has pioneered efforts to create a living wage for...
  • June 16, 2014 | In the Media
    From the NEWPORT MERCURY: "Law and Attraction" by Antonia N. Farzan   Michael J. Yelnosky, 53 | Dean designate It’s a challenging time to be a law school dean. Enrollment is dropping, and graduates are no longer guaranteed a high-paying job after they pass the bar. But the number of applications to Roger Williams Law School has increased, thanks in part to the fact that the law school is lowering its tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. On July 1, Michael J. Yelnosky will become...
  • January 25, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., Jan. 15, 2014 – As part of a comprehensive strategy for confronting the most pressing challenges facing America’s law schools – the cost to earn a law degree; rising student debt; and the job readiness of graduates – Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish announced today that the University has expanded its signature Affordable Excellence initiative to its School of Law. Simultaneously, Farish named Michael J. Yelnosky – a founding faculty member, former associate...
  • May 16, 2013 |
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 1, 2013 – As Roger Williams University School of Law prepares to kick off its 20th Anniversary year,  Morris Dees – a preeminent civil rights attorney and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center – will address the Class of 2013 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises on Friday, May 17. The law school ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17, on the University’s main athletic field. The School of Law will also present an honorary degree to...
  • May 03, 2013 |
    Bristol, R.I., May 3, 2013 – In a year of milestone anniversary celebrations and an ever-expanding focus on serving individuals and communities across the State of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University and the Roger Williams University School of Law have signed on to sponsor a full lighting of WaterFire Providence on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 28. WaterFire Providence – artist Barnaby Evans’s unique flame-inspired cultural installation, which has attracted more than 10 million visitors...
  • May 18, 2012 |
    RWU Law Celebrates Commencement 2012!   See photos here! (More to come soon!)   Bristol, R.I. May 18, 2012: Roger Williams University School of Law’s 17th Commencement took place Friday under clear blue skies, as 183 new law school graduates were awarded juris doctor degrees before a crowd of nearly 2,000. Some highlights of the day: •    Renowned jurist and judicial reformer, the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, delivered the keynote and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of...