Preparing for Law School

Please explore these resources and supports from the Academic Excellence  Program on how to prepare for law school.


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RWU Law has partnered with Harvard to provide Zero-L to our incoming students. Developed by Harvard Law School, Zero-L is an online course designed to ensure all incoming students, whatever their backgrounds and previous areas of study, start with foundational legal knowledge that enables them to thrive in law school. This course will be available in late June/early July to students attending RWU Law in fall 2021. The RWU Law Academic Excellence director will inform incoming students how to access the course and provide a recommended “pathway” through this course before July 1.

Open Door Drop-in Hours with the Director of Academic Excellence

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Professor Thompson will hold open door sessions on Thursday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m. EDT starting on June 17, 2021 and running through the end of July (with the exceptions of July 8 and 15). These sessions are open to any incoming 1L and there is no need to make an appointment. Simply click on this zoom link:

If you cannot make these sessions, but would like to speak with Professor Thompson, please contact her at or at 401 254 4568.

Summer Reading

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Students interested in reading materials beyond Zero-L may visit the RWU Law library website at the link below. There are several excellent resources for incoming 1Ls. A few are listed below. If you have questions about any prelaw resources, contact Professor Thompson at or 401 254 4568 or attend one of her drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. EDT (see tab above)

One L of a Ride, by Andrew J. McClurg available online here:

The Guide to Belonging in Law School, by Russ McClain available online here:

Strategies & Tactics for the First Year Law Student available online here:

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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.