Post-Graduate Opportunities

The Marine Affairs Institute prepares students to become professionals in the field of ocean and coastal law. Alumni of the Marine Affairs Institute are working for the federal government, state government, private law firms, non-government agencies, academia, and have received prestigious post-graduate fellowships. 

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Established in 1979, this fellowship program matches highly qualified graduate students interested in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources with hosts in the federal legislative or executive branches of government in Washington, DC.

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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.