Parents Attending Law School
At RWU Law, we recognize that students who have the added responsibility of parenthood while attending law school face unique issues and circumstances. RWU Law is committed to supporting our students who are also parents and to helping them and their families manage the challenges of balancing school life and family life. The Office of Diversity and Outreach, in collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Students and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, provides many resources and services to support our student parents/students with families and happily assists students who have questions about child care, local school systems, course schedules, housing and related concerns.
Resources and services available through this office include:
- Referral assistance and resource materials for parents seeking childcare. More information regarding childcare options.
- Information about school vacation and recreational summer camp programs for children
- Information about family-friendly housing options
- Support for the Older Wiser Law Students (OWLS) student group and collaboration with OWLS to sponsor programs related to balancing school and family and to hold family-based social activities
- Ability to appeal your financial aid package and request additional aid to cover childcare costs. For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 401.254.4641
- Private space for nursing mothers
RWU Law also offers our student parents options that allow them to fulfill their academic/course obligations while avoiding or minimizing conflicts that may arise with their parental obligations (for example, childcare obligations) and are unavoidable despite a student’s best efforts to avoid or resolve such conflict. With regard to academic concerns, we can help our student parents with the following support and resources:
- Options for taking a reduced course load
- Options for rescheduling exams if they are in direct conflict with an unavoidable parental obligation
- No evening or weekend classes or exams for first-year students.
- Scheduling required classes at different times in order to give scheduling flexibility that accommodates childcare needs
- Flexible sectioning options to accommodate childcare needs
If you are or will be a parent attending law school and have any questions about resources, courses, schedules, etc., please contact our Director of Diversity and Outreach so that we may assist you.