Section B

Civil Procedure- Professor Murphy

First Assignment

2017 Course Information Memo

Reading for First 2 Classes


Contracts I (for those in SECTION A)- Professor Heyman

I.  Required Texts:

A.  Dawson, Harvey, Henderson & Baird, Contracts (10th ed.) (Foundation Press); and

B.  Burton & Eisenberg, Contract Law: Selected Source Materials (2017 ed.) (West). 

II.  Recommended Texts:

A.  Marvin A. Chirelstein, Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts; and
B.  Lawrence A. Cunningham, Contracts in the Real World:  Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter.

III.  Reading Assignment from the Dawson Casebook:

Introductory Note and Hawkins v. McGee (Pages 1-6).

IV. Additional Information: 

For additional class information, see the Syllabus posted on the Bridges website.


Contracts I (for those in SECTION B)- Professor Chung

Welcome to Contracts I.  The required casebook is Problems in Contract Law (8th ed.) by Knapp, Crystal, Prince (Wolters Kluwer).

For the first week of class, please read pages 1 to 4 (skip Problem 1-1), 5 to 26.


Contracts I (for those in SECTION C)- Professor Monestier

Welcome to Contracts!  First, and most importantly, there will be no course readings for the first day of class (Tuesday August 15). 

With that said, please complete the following prior to our first class:

1. Purchase the required books for the course:

Text: Knapp, Crystal & Prince, Problems in Contract Law, Aspen Publishers: 8th Ed. (2016)

Statutory Supplement: Burton & Eisenberg, Contract Law: Selected Source Materials (Important: you are free to use an older or used version of this, or any other, statutory supplement – so long as it includes the Restatement of Contracts and Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code).

2.  Be sure that you have a Westlaw password and that you have activated your account.  All assigned readings will be posted on Westlaw’s TWEN website.  Directions on setting up your account and accessing TWEN are included from the library in your Orientation packet.  If you are having trouble, please see a member of the library staff for assistance.

3.  Please download/print and read through the attached documents:

i) Course syllabus;

ii) Course information sheet;

iii) “Everything You Wanted To Know About Contracts (But Were Afraid to Ask)” Handout

All these documents are also available through the “Syllabus and Admin” link on the left hand side of the TWEN interface.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Prof. Monestier


Criminal Law- Professor Sack

Welcome! Our first class will be Wednesday, August 16, from 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM in Room 286. The required text for the class is Ohlin, Criminal Law: Doctrine, Application, and Practice (2016), which is available in the bookstore. For our first class meeting, please read and be prepared to discuss:

  • [Background: pp. 1 – 7 (through Section 6)]* 
  • pp. 21 – 37 (up until “3. Shaming Penalties”)

*Background readings are still required reading for which you are responsible, but we will not be discussing them in detail in class.

The full syllabus will be available on Bridges by early in the week of August 14. Please print out the syllabus and bring it with you to our first class, as I will be reviewing it then.


Legal Practice- ALL SECTIONS

Dear 1L: Welcome to the RWU Law School and Legal Practice I, more specifically! For LP I, you will need to purchase three books: The Roger Williams University School of Law (“RWUSOL”) Legal Practice Handbook (Aspen 2017) (“Handbook”); The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 20th ed. 2015), available at (“Bluebook”); and Linda J. Barris, Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook (Carolina Academic Press, 3rd ed. 2015) (“Barris”). All of these books are available at the RWU Bookstore. Below, I have pasted in from the LP I Syllabus the reading that you must do before you meet with your LP I professor during Orientation. As you can see, you must read chapter 1 in the Legal Practice Handbook and 4 handouts, all of which are attached to this email. In addition, you may obtain these handouts from the faculty secretaries’ suite (on the second floor of the law school) any weekday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., beginning August 1, 2017.

WeekTopicReadingAssignment DueGoals and Objectives
Orientation Week
August 9-11
Mandatory Legal Practice (“LP”) Orientation Class, August 11th; 10:15 – 11:30 a.m., for all sections.
Introduction to Legal Practice;
Understanding the American Legal System and Sources of Law; Embracing Setbacks on the Path to Mastery
Handbook, Chapter 1
  1. Course Policies
  2. Hierarchy of Authority
  3. The American Court Systems
  4. Briefing Cases
See your Orientation packet for your LP I section’s specific room assignment. Due in class: Signed Acknowledgement of Course PoliciesGoals: Able to grasp the significance of the hierarchy of authority in both the federal and states’ judicial systems.
Objectives: Able to recognize the difference between federal law and state law; between binding and persuasive authority; and between primary and secondary authority.


Torts I- Professor Logan

Please review the following 2 documents: Syllabus & How to Do Well in Torts.

The assignment for the first class is pp. 1-4 and 17-20 from the casebook; also be prepared to define the following terms, which provide the procedural context in which we will learn Torts doctrine (see syllabus for list of terms).

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.