Student Spotlight

For many students, the first year of law school is one of the toughest challenges they’ve ever encountered. Older, nontraditional law students – such...

Upcoming Events

Law Alumni Holiday Reception
DEC
05
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Citizens Plaza Rotunda
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote Address
JAN
18
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
RWU Law | Bristol Campus
Champions for Justice
JAN
26
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Omni Providence Hotel
25th Annual Barrister's Ball
FEB
24
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island
Law Alumni United States Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony
FEB
28
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC


In-House and Field Clinics

Through the School of Law’s In-House Clinics, students in their last three semesters of law school will handle their own clients and cases from start to finish under the supervision of full-time faculty members in the Providence Law Clinic.  With a low case load, students can learn to handle every aspect of a client’s case with the safety net of faculty oversight.  Students will be certified as student attorneys and appear in court in both the Criminal Defense Clinic and Immigration Clinic.  Students will represent low-income and start-up businesses while learning transactional skills through the Business Start-up Clinic.  Similarly, students in the Veterans Disability Appeals Field Clinic will represent their own clients and cases from start to finish, certified as student attorneys by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and working under the supervision of experienced attorneys who are members of our adjunct faculty.

In-House Clinics:

Field Clinics:

What is the Difference Between a Clinical Externship, a Clinic, and a Field Clinic?

In a Clinical Externship, a student trains outside of the law school under the supervision of attorneys or judges. Generally, the law student is assigned projects that deepen the students’ substantive knowledge and skill base. Students make valuable connections and learn lessons about the real-world of practice in a busy public interest law office, corporation, or judicial chambers. For students looking for an immersive experience, we offer the Semester-In-Practice which enables a student to train outside of the law school full-time under the supervision of attorneys or judges.  The Semester-In-Practice Program allows a student to work either locally or in a remote location chosen by the student and approved by the Clinical Externship Director.

In an In-House Clinic, a student works in the Providence Law Clinic under the supervision of a full-time faculty member whose sole purpose is to teach students and direct the clinic.  Students handle a small number of their own cases from start to finish and, when the student practice rule permits it, are certified as student attorneys. 

In a Field Clinic, a student works outside of the law school under the supervision of an attorney who also serves as a member of our adjunct faculty.  Students are certified as student attorneys and handle a small number of their own cases from start to finish.

Each student at RWU Law is allowed to take advantage of these opportunities in the following program combinations, or, of course, by taking just one:

  • 1 Clinical Externship and 1 In-House or Field Clinic;
  • 2 Clinical Externships (neither can be Semester-In-Practice);
  • 2 In-House or Field Clinics; or
  • 1 Semester-In-Practice and 1 In-House or Field Clinic.

Note: Each Clinical Externship requires students to register for a 2-credit graded seminar and 4, 6, or 12 credits of ungraded fieldwork credits.  Students must be selected by the director of each program.

For more information or to schedule a counseling session with the Feinstein Center, please contact lquinn@rwu.edu.