Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Roger Williams University School of Law has recently made decisions related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) that may affect your options to interact with the Law School community.

Out of concern for the safety of our visitors and all members of our community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Accepted Student Days and temporarily suspend all in-person visits to campus. Current best-practice advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Rhode Island Department of Health is to minimize exposure. (Updated: May 26, 2020)

We want to ensure you are still able to keep learning about RWU Law to help in your decision-making process, so we have created the following opportunities to engage with us:

  • Campus Visits. At the current time, we have suspended all in-person visits to campus. Please email us at if you have any questions about a previously-scheduled tour. 
  • Future Events. Over the coming weeks, RWU Law will offer various live online opportunities to connect with our community. Invitations are emailed to all admits and posted in the Class of 2023 Facebook group.  We have already hosted a number of on-line sessions with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  Click here to view these panels are other video resources.
    • Friday, June 12 @ 1pm & 2:15pm: Class Mixer & How to Succeed in Law School
      • Class Mixer: Join your future classmates along with our Student Ambassadors for a chance to get to know one another. Register here
      • How to Succeed in Law School: Kathy Thompson, Director of Academic Success, will present a keynote presentation about "How to Prepare for Law School." Register here.
    • Tuesday, June 16th @ 2pm: Hang-out with Academic Success
      • Join the RWU Law Academic Success team and learn about the support you'll have available to you - from law school skills to legal writing to bar preparation. Register here.
    • Thursday, June 18th @ 2pm: Meet with RWU Law Director of Diversity and Outreach & Affinity Group Leaders
      • Join Ralph Tavares, our Director of Diversity and Outreach, along with our Affinity Group leaders to learn about the programs and initiatives that these groups host throughout the year, their overall mission and purpose, and the importance of diversifying our legal profession. Register here.
    • Thursday, June 25 @ 2pm & 3:15pm: Housing Panel & Trivia
      • Housing Panel: Join a group of current RWU Law students as they talk about relocating to Rhode Island and their experiences as they chose which community to live in and navigated the rental market. Register here.
      • Trivia: Who doesn't love a little friendly competition? Join your future classmates for a game of trivia, where the winning team gets bragging rights before even stepping on campus. Register here.
    • Every Friday @ 2pm: Open Hours with RWU Law Admissions
      • Join us for a chance to ask questions and talk face-to-face with members of our Admissions team, Student Ambassadors, and an occasional special guest from the RWU Law community. Register here
  • Get a Sense of Place. Before our office moved to remote work, we put together an IG tour of the Law School as well as a quick tour of Bristol.  Together, these will provide you with a great introduction to our community. To get a sense of place, follow @rwulaw on IG.
  • Safety Protocols. At this time, safety protocols are in place for our campus. We have instructed members of our community to work from home when possible and diligently practice social distancing.
  • Rely on your RWU Law Admissions Team. We know that these changes will lead to questions, and we are here to answer them – we encourage you to reach out to our Admissions Team with questions about these changes and RWU Law. Please complete this form to set up a phone or Zoom appointment.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 401-254-4555. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we continue to act in the best interest of health and safety.

Close Course Type Descriptions

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.