Our waterfront campus offers students a dramatic focus on the network of laws that govern the impact of human activity on the waterfront and marine environment.
Covering issues related to waterfront development, piers and marinas, boating, fisheries, dredging, underwater cultural heritage, and the protection of Narragansett Bay, our Marine Law program is second to none.
This track also includes significant exposure to Environmental and Natural Resources Law, covering the network of treaties, statutes, regulations, common and customary laws addressing the effects of human activity on the natural environment.
RWU Law’s Marine Affairs Institute, in partnership with Rhode Island Sea Grant and University of Rhode Island, is a comprehensive clearinghouse for marine law and policy, engaged in preparing the next generation of marine law professionals. Located between Narragansett Bay and Mount Hope Bay at the gateway to Cape Cod, RWU Law offers an ideal location in which to learn about and conduct research on issues in coastal law. The Institute offers rigorous coursework and exciting extracurricular opportunities, as well as regional, national and international conferences attended by top scientists, lawyers and policymakers.