Preparing for Law School

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

Zero-L

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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 early July to students attending RWU Law in fall 2020. The RWU Law Academic Success 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 Success

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Professor Thompson will hold open door sessions on Thursday evenings from 4 to 5 starting on June 18, 2020 and running through the end of July (with the exceptions of July 2 and 9). These sessions are open to any incoming 1L and there is no need to make an appointment. Simply click on this zoom link:
https://rwu-law-edu.zoom.us/j/4636360694

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

Summer Reading

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The RWU Law library has made available the following book free of charge. It is an excellent resource for incoming 1Ls. Simply click the link below for free online access to the book. If you have questions about any other prelaw resources, contact Professor Thompson at kthompson@rwu.edu or 401 254 4568 or attend one of her drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m. (see tab above)

One L of a Ride, by Andrew J. McClurg available online here:
https://subscription-westacademic-com.rwulaw.idm.oclc.org/Book/Detail?id=25293

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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.

Elective

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.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

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.