Required Summer Reading for 1Ls

Required Summer Reading - All incoming 1L students should read the 3rd edition of "1L of a Ride" by Andre McClury before the start of Orientation. The book with video resources is now available at the law school bookstore for $62.80. Please choose Law Fall 2017/Law/Law 1000/A in the "Find Course Materials" drop-down selections to order the book. The hard copy of the book contains a code for access to the online resources that the authors have created for the book. In addition to these resources, Professor Thompson has created a course code for the online quizzes that go with your casebook. To redeem the course code and connect your quizzes to your professor, follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Sign in or create an account
  • Click to open 1L of a Ride, Video
  • Click the "Enroll in a Course" button and enter this course code: CRSE-7OVJ-CEKU-44K7-M1JL
  • Need Help? If the casebook for this course does not appear on the bookshelf:
    • Click the "Redeem Code" button on the My Bookshelf page and enter the code that came with the casebook. Next, redeem the course code.
    • If you did not purchase a new book with a code, you can go to and purchase the Learning Library option for your casebook.
    • For help, you can contact the publisher at 1-877-888-1330 (option 4) or or contact Professor Kathy Thompson directly at or (401) 254-4568.
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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.