Giving Opportunities

RWU Law Annual Fund                        
Gifts to this fund will be combined with other gifts for School of Law advances, such as technological improvements and increasing the pool of funds available for financial aid.

Gift Planning
There are many ways that you can build a legacy at RWU Law through planned giving, some of which may also help lower the estate taxes for your beneficiaries or provide you with additional income in your retirement. Alumni, parents and friends who have generously chosen to make a gift to the Law School in their estate plans, or through a deferred gift, are invited to join the Roger Williams University School of Law Heritage Society. Click here for more information.

If you have already included Roger Williams University School of Law in your estate plans, we encourage you to please let us know so that we can include you in the Roger Williams University School of Law Heritage Society. Contact the Office of University Advancement to learn more - (401) 254-5383

Dean’s Scholars Program
For every gift of $500 or more to the Law Annual Fund, a law student will be awarded a scholarship in your name.

Law Alumni Association Scholarship Fund
Each year two scholarships are awarded by the Law Alumni Association to a rising second year day division student based on academic merit and financial need. Gifts to this Fund will allow continued growth.

Mandell-Boisclair Justice Scholarship
The Mandell-Boisclair Justice Scholarship Fund will provide endowed scholarships to RWU Law for diverse law students, and those intending to practice public interest law.

Gary Bahr Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship recognizes the first year students receiving the highest combined academic average in contracts and torts for his/her division.

Professor Esther Clark Endowed Scholarship
Generously funded through a gift from Esther and John Clark, this scholarship is awarded to a rising second year student on the basis of outstanding academic performance.

RIAJ's Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Scholarship Fund
This fund recognizes and encourages a student of high academic achievement who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in client advocacy.

Law School Library
All gifts will be restricted to Law Library needs and development.

Kathleen Birt Memorial Prize
The annual prize will be awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated distinguished performance in dispute resolution courses.

Close Course Type Descriptions

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.