General Practice Curricular Track

The general practice track prepares students to serve community clients, handling cases that may involve criminal, personal injury, bankruptcy, divorce, estate planning and real estate law.

The general practice is useful for the attorney who does not limit his or her law practice to one particular area of law. Such a practice typically encompasses a broad range of legal areas that may include criminal law, accident and personal injury law, bankruptcy, business law, family law, estate planning, insurance law, litigation, and real estate.

General practitioners are often found in smaller communities where business may be limited, so a lawyer must practice in multiple areas in order to serve local demand and thrive.  And while lawyers are not required to specialize, many new attorneys begin their career by opening  a general practice until they settle into a particular area of specialization.

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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.