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Lawyers are change makers. One client, one issue, one policy change at a time. At RWU Law, we equip you with the foundational knowledge, skills-based training, and real-world experience you need to hit the ground running as soon as possible. Because when you change the law, you can change the world.

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Covid-19 Updates


Due to the current health crisis, we will continue to accept late applications.  We encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible.

LSAT-Flex Update

RWU Law will accept the LSAT-Flex from applicants for the 2020 incoming class.  The LSAT-Flex will be considered the same as the traditional in-person LSAT. 

Spring 2020 Grades

Recognizing the myriad grading systems colleges and universities implemented in the wake of covid-19, RWU Law will assess these grades in a holistic manner. Applicants are encouraged to submit addendums if they feel the Admissions Committee needs more background to adequately assess Spring 2020 semester grades.

July LSAT-Flex Administration

RWU Law will consider the July LSAT-Flex examination from applicants deciding to apply late due to employment disruptions relating to the current pandemic.  Applicants who would like to take advantage of this opportunity must schedule a formal zoom meeting with an admissions counselor before submitting their application.  Please note, we expect that the July LSAT scores will be released less than two weeks before the beginning of Orientation.  Applicants availing themselves of this opportunity must be able to attend Orientation beginning on August 11, 2020.  RWU Law will not offer deferrals to students admitted using a July LSAT-Flex test score.  

What type of JD applicant are you?

First Year Applicant

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At Roger Williams University School of Law, we seek to enroll a diverse first year JD class from across the United States and the world. With an emphasis on experiential education through our Clinical Guarantee, we welcome applications from prospective students who wish to learn through practice.

First Year Applicant Process

Transfer Applicant

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RWU Law welcomes applications from transfer students. Transfer students are able to take advantage of our Clinical Guarantee, Affordable Excellence Tuition Guarantee, and utilize both of our campuses in Bristol and Providence.

Transfer Applicant Process

Part-Time JD Option

While RWU Law does not offer a night program, we do offer students the option to enroll part-time during the day. Our program is designed to meet the needs students with family obligations and those who continue to work part-time during their law school enrollment.

Four-Year JD Option

Accelerated Graduation Option

Designed for students looking who want to minimize their time out of the job market while saving an entire semester of living expenses, RWU Law offers an accelerated graduation option. Students choosing option will still have access to all that an RWU Law degree offers, but graduate a semester earlier.

Accelerated Graduation Option

International Applicant

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At RWU Law, we equip you with the foundational knowledge, skills-based training, and real-world experience you need to hit the ground running as soon as possible.

International Applicant Process

Visiting Student

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We welcome applications from students currently enrolled in another ABA accredited law school who wish to spend a semester or year at Roger Williams University School of Law.

Visiting Student Application Process

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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.