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.

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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.


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.