Academics

Educational excellence across a wide variety of program offerings.

Where Do You Want To Go With Your Law Degree?

RWU Law delivers a personalized and marketable legal education, based in Bristol and Providence, R.I.

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    Juris Doctor

    Few degrees are more versatile than the Juris Doctor, or J.D. Whatever your professional interest is we'll help you design an academic and experiential pathway that will get you there.

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    Master of Studies in Law

    Designed for students who want to bring legal knowledge to their current work or strengthen their career outlook.

Institutes and Programs

Marine Affairs Institute

Marine Affairs Institute

The Marine Affairs Institute prepares law students to enter the exciting field of ocean and coastal law and policy by providing them with strong academic credentials and practical experiences that help them be practice-ready upon graduation.

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Business Law Program

Our Business Law Program provides students with a sound foundation in the principles and practice of business law through clinics, externships and coursework.

Course Offerings

  • J.D. Courses

    We offer a variety of courses for whatever your professional interest is – private practice, public interest, government, litigation, corporate, marine, non-legal, educational, and more.

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  • M.S.L. Courses

    Master of Studies in Law students have the opportunity to take a wide range of course at the law school.

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Joint Degree Programs

Business Start-Up Clinic

Business Start-Up Clinic

Providing transactional legal services to non-profit organizations and community-based business in Rhode Island.

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Criminal Defense Clinic

Criminal Defense Clinic

Representing real defendants in pending criminal cases under the direct supervision of a full-time member of the RWU Law faculty.

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Immigration Clinic

Immigration Clinic

Representing non-citizens in their applications for relief from removal before the Immigration Court.

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Veterans Disability Appeals Field Clinic

Veterans Disability Appeals Field Clinic

Representing military veterans pursuing disability benefits in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

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Clinical Externships

Clinical Externships

Second and third-year students earn academic credit while working under the supervision of legal services lawyers, public defenders, prosecutors, government attorneys, corporate counsel or judges in the local community.

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Semester-In-Practice

Semester-in-Practice

Total-immersion experience: students earn a full semester of credit while training in Rhode Island, Boston, New York - anywhere in the U.S. or around the world.

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Legal Washington

Diana Hassel, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Juris Doctor

Professor Diana Hassel regularly leads a group of students to experience “legal Washington,” which features attendance at a Supreme Court argument, a session with Associate Justice Samuel Alito and his law clerks, a visit to the Department of Justice, and a session with United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. She has also taught in our summer program in London.

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Additional Information

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

Calendars, course information, important exam information and course registration deadlines.

Honors Program

Honors Program

Our Honors Program which involves a three-year program of roundtables, special elective course offerings and other unique academic and social experiences.

Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow Program

Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow Program

The Rhode Island Sea Grant Program sponsors law students as Sea Grant Law Fellows to research and write on ocean and coastal law issues including the resolution of marine resource management and conservation issues.

Recent News

  • A Spring Break That Teaches - and Gives Back

    As part of Roger Williams University School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break program, 61 students will provide free legal services to impoverished communities in 17 locations ranging from the Bronx to Haiti.

  • Introducing the Joint JD/MBA Degree

    With this important new collaboration between RWU Law and Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, Roger Williams University will become the only school in Rhode Island offering a joint Juris Doctorate/Master of Business Administration degree.

  • Roger Williams University Announces 11th President

    President-Designate Ioannis Miaoulis transformed Museum of Science, Boston, and Tufts School of Engineering; will "help RWU continue to redefine the role of higher education and chart an inspirational and strategic course for future growth"