Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to Roger Williams University School of Law! We are excited to welcome you our family of students, faculty, practitioners and community partners.

Please Note: Updated information for the incoming class of 2021 will be posted as it becomes available.

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  • Contact a Student Ambassador - Have questions for a current student?  Feel free to contact a Student Ambassador with questions you may have about the RWU Law community and student experience.
  • Pay a Seat Deposit or Jump Start Deposit - RWU Law now offers the ability to pay your deposits by credit card or electronic check.
  • Visiting the School of Law - We encourage you, to come visit our campus. While you are here you have many options, including student-led tours, classroom observation, and meeting with Admissions staff.

More Information

  • Class Schedules - First-year students will automatically be registered for fall classes.  Individual class schedules will be available starting in late July.
  • Disabilities - The School of Law endeavors to assist students with disabilities.  Students with documented disabilities will be granted reasonable accommodations necessary to enable them to undertake the prescribed course of study.  To request accommodations, please contact Dean of Students, Lorraine Lalli.
  • Financial Aid - Students must sign and return a copy of their financial aid award letter to the Financial Aid Office, and complete Master Promissory Note(s) at for loan funds to be disbursed to the Law School.  Additionally, first year law students borrowing Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and/or Federal Graduate PLUS Loans are also required to complete Entrance Counseling at for each type of loan.   Additional information about the Federal Direct Loan Programs may be found at Direct Loan
    • Students receiving Federal Student Aid are asked to complete and return a Title IV form to the Office of Student Finance and Records.  Once your financial aid package has been processed (posted as pending to your student account) and you’ve been issued your student ID card, you are eligible to purchase books and course materials at the bookstore from your anticipated loan funds.  Students expecting to receive refund checks from their student accounts for living expenses should receive them the week of August 15th, as long as all financial aid paperwork is complete. 
    • To have your student living expense refund deposited directly to your bank account, please follow these instructions.
    • If you have any questions about financial aid, please call our Financial Aid Office at (401) 254-4510.  If you have questions about the Title IV form or student living expense refunds, please contact our Office of Student Finance and Records at (401) 254-4657. 
  • First Assignments - You will have first assignments in all classes. All Legal Practice sections will have the same assignment regardless of what section you are in. Assignments will begin to post after August 1st.
  • Health Insurance - Students are required to actively confirm enrollment or waive coverage. Students who do not complete an enrollment or waiver form will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the University-sponsored student health insurance. Please be aware that no refunds will be issued after the deadline.
  • Housing & Roommates - As you plan your move to the East Bay area, these housing and roommate resources will provide a good foundation for locating convenient and affordable living arrangements. Please email the admissions office at to obtain the password.
  • Immunization Records - Please have your physician complete your immunization form and return it to the Office of Admissions by August 1st.
  • Information Technology & Computers - Helpful IT information can be found on the University's website. Under the "New Student Information" tab, there are Computing Standards (Recommended Hardware) for Students. Please direct all IT questions to (401) 254-6363 option 1.
  • LGBT Climate & Resources
  • Local Resources
  • Orientation - Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. Visit the academic calendar for important dates.
  • Parents Attending Law School - Information on resources and services are available to parents attending RWU Law through the Office of Diversity and Outreach.
  • Transcripts - Please arrange for an official transcript from your degree-awarding institution indicating conferral of your Bachelor's degree to be sent to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) by August 1st.  Please note that if you had not graduated before you submitted your transcript to LSAC, you are required to submit a new copy indicating your graduation date.
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.