Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Roger Williams University School of Law has recently made decisions related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) that may affect your options to interact with the Law School community.

Out of concern for the safety of our visitors and all members of our community, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all in-person visits to campus. Current best-practice advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Rhode Island Department of Health is to minimize exposure.

We want to ensure you are still able to keep learning about RWU Law, so we have implemented remote opportunities to engage with us:

  • Information Sessions. We are offering our monthly Information Sessions via Zoom. Please check our website for more details.
  • Our Instagram Tour. We have put together an IG tour of the Law School.  It’s only 5 minutes long, and will provide you with a great introduction to our community. To get a sense of place, follow @rwulaw on IG.
  • Rely on your RWU Law Admissions Team. We know that these changes will lead to questions, and we are here to answer them – we encourage you to reach out to our Admissions Team with questions about these changes and RWU Law. Please email us at to set up a phone or Zoom appointment.

Please note that, given the fluidity of the situation, we will be continually reviewing our ability to hold in-person events and will be in touch if there is any change

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 401-254-4555. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we continue to act in the best interest of health and safety.


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.