Academic Experience

The Marine Affairs Institute offers students a wide variety of academic experiences during their time at RWU Law.

These different experiences enable students to customize their education to best meet their needs and career goals. The Marine Affairs Institute offers courses in admiralty/maritime law, as well as natural resources, allowing students to understand all aspects of marine law. Courses are taught by both tenured and adjunct faculty, giving students the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals currently practicing in the field.  The Marine Affairs Institute also provides a wide range of experiential opportunities for marine affairs students, including the Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow Program and marine affairs focused placements in the Environmental and Land Use Externship Program and the Corporate Council Externship Program.

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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.