Part-Time JD Option

At RWU Law, we offer students the option to enroll part-time during the day. Our program is designed to meet the needs students with family obligation and those who continue to work part-time during their enrollment in law school.

For students with family obligations or who wish to continue working part-time, the School of Law offers a flexible scheduling option that allows them to take fewer credits each semester and to earn their JD degree in a span of four years. Students on this track complete the same number of credit hours as traditional, three-year JD students, but complete that work in eight semesters spread over four calendar years.  Part-time JD candidates will generally have classes scheduled for two to three days per week, and have the option of taking evening courses during the academic year and over the summer.  They are still fully able to select from the complete range of electives offered by the School of Law, including participation in our extensive array of clinical courses, and have the opportunity to participate in all extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including Law Review and Moot Court.

The Four-Year JD Option is available for both first-year and transfer students.

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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.