RWU Law Annual Fund

RWU Law Annual Fund is a growing and increasingly vital source of unrestricted support for the School of Law. This important resource supports all aspects of educating a law student.  RWU Law Annual Fund dollars support:

  • Financial aid
  • Scholarships
  • Academic programs and clinics
  • Public interest programs
  • International programs
  • Conferences and Symposia
  • Technology

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RWU Law Annual Fund
Annual Giving, which grew to include over 24% of all law alums in fiscal year 2004, is particularly important to the School of Law, largely by virtue of its age, has a smaller endowment than most of the schools with which it competes for students and faculty. Because of its smaller endowment, the School of Law relies on RWU Law Annual Fund dollars to pick up where endowment income and tuition revenue leave off to address the school’s most pressing needs. To take one example, when the newly established Immigration Law Clinic opens its doors, Annual Fund dollars might be used to help support the technology needed for this new offering, to subscribe to a new Journal that supports that program or to register for a Moot Court competition.

Roger Williams University School of Law relies on annual financial support from alumni, parents, and friends.  Alumni participation continues to be an important focus because many of RWU’s peer law schools have historically maintained higher participation rates. We are in a competitive marketplace, and Roger Williams University School of Law is now being equated with and measured against ever more competitive peer schools. We need to do as well as these schools to maintain quality and our reputation as a school of choice among our peers.

How can I provide my support to RWU Law?
Gifts are accepted year-round, and can be made by check, with a credit card, or online, and can take the form of cash, appreciated securities, tangibles, life insurance. Many of the school’s programs that rely on support from restricted gifts can be supported by participation in any of the School of Law’s fundraising events, from the Golf Tournament to the A.P.I.L. Auction.

Contact RWU Law Annual Fund
For further information, please contact the Office of Annual Giving, (401) 254-3071 or email

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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.