The following is a list of active Pro Bono Collaborative projects listed by law firm. Each of our projects involves RWU Law students working under the supervision of law firm attorneys.

Community-based organizations are encouraged to propose Pro Bono Collaborative projects. To do so, please contact: Eliza Vorenberg at or 401-254-4597

Adult Correctional Institution Civil Legal Clinic Projects

Attorney Kelly Rafferty Meara provides advice and counsel on civil legal issues to inmates in the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) Medium Security Facility and the Women’s Facility.

Bradley Hospital’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Guardianship Project

Barton Gilman LLP, in partnership with Bradley Hospital’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, assists parents of disabled children turning 18 by providing advice and counsel regarding their options and, where appropriate, establishing legal guardianship of their children. The firm also provides regular Know Your Rights presentations to Bradley families and staff on Guardianship and its alternatives.

Elder Law/End-of-Life Planning Project

Rampino Law Associates provides community presentations and healthcare proxy clinics at local community organizations and agencies, including local housing authorities.

Eviction Help Desk Project

Launched in October 2021, the Eviction Help Desk is a partnership between Roger Williams University School of Law’s Pro Bono Collaborative, the Rhode Island District Court, Rhode Island Center for Justice (CFJ) and Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. (RILS). The Help Desk is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. by RWU Law students, working alongside experienced housing attorneys from RILS and CFJ.  Each day one legal services attorney and two or three law students staff the Eviction Help Desk in both Providence and Kent Counties.

McAuley House Expungement Clinics Project

Attorneys Amy Goins and Peter Skwirz provide monthly expungement legal clinics at McAuley House.  When clinic attendees are eligible for expungement or sealing, the attorneys provide full representation.

Non-Profit Advice and Counsel Project

Cameron Mittleman LLP, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, and Sloan & Walsh LLP provide legal advice, counsel, and assistance to non-profit organizations that serve low-income communities. Organizations served have included AMOR, the Newport Partnership for Families, Women’s Center of RI, the Providence Student Union, and Women’s Refugee Care.

Rhode Island Training School Intro to Law & Society

RWU Law students will be launching a new project in January 2020 with the youth at the Rhode Island Training School. The law students will teach a law-related curriculum during the spring semester. This program will be the first of several initiatives between the Law School and the Training School.

Street Law Project

Street Law is a national program that partners law students with local public schools and community based organizations to teach disadvantaged youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. Law students teach law-related lessons in schools and community organizations throughout Rhode Island and in New Bedford.

Tomaquag Museum Project

Duffy & Sweeney Ltd. provides legal assistance to the Tomaquag Museum in support its development of a new museum building and concessions on URI property. One law student assists the law firm with legal issues around land use, contract review, and employee policies.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

The Internal Revenue Service trains law students to provide tax assistance to low-income individuals and families through East Bay Community Action Program to ensure that they receive the earned income tax credit for which they are qualified. In 2019, the project returned $700,000 to low-income people living in the East Bay. RWU Law has the largest group of VITA volunteers in the state.

Close Course Type Descriptions

Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.


After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.