Laurie Barron

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Laurie BarronDirector, Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Contact Information

401-254-4653lbarron@rwu.eduOffice 243CSSRN Author PageCurriculum Vitae

Education

J.D., New York University
M.S.W., New York University School of Social Work
B.A., Yale University

Laurie Barron is the Director Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education. She received a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and an M.S.W. from New York University School of Social Work.

Her previous work includes representing children at the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City; working as a public defender and team leader at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem; and clinical teaching in an interdisciplinary Prisoners and Families Clinic at Columbia Law School, in a School-Based Legal Services Clinic at Rutgers-Camden School of Law, and in a Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at Boston College Law School.

Laurie directs the Feinstein Center and the Externship Program and teaches the Public Interest Lawyering seminar.

Courses Taught

LAW.796.A (4 Credits)Judicial Clinical Externship Program

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to selected judges in Rhode Island and federal trial and appellate courts. The student externs conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe trial and appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with the court, and perform the duties of a judicial law clerk under the supervision of the assigned judge and a faculty member. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the judge's chambers and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Judicial Process and Ethics.
4 Credits - 180 hours (approx. 2 days/week for 14 weeks)

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

4.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.796.B (6 Credits)Judicial Clinical Externship Program

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to selected judges in Rhode Island and federal trial and appellate courts. The student externs conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe trial and appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with the court, and perform the duties of a judicial law clerk under the supervision of the assigned judge and a faculty member. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the judge's chambers and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Judicial Process and Ethics.
6 Credits - 270 hours (approx. 3 days/week for 14 weeks)

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

6.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.796.C (8 Credits)Judicial Clinical Externship Program

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SUMMER ONLY

Course Description

Students are assigned to selected judges in Rhode Island and federal trial and appellate courts. The student externs conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe trial and appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with the court, and perform the duties of a judicial law clerk under the supervision of the assigned judge and a faculty member. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the judge's chambers and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Judicial Process and Ethics.
8 Credits- 360 hours (approx. 5 days/week for 10 weeks) SUMMER ONLY

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

8.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.798.A (4 Credits)Public Interest Clinical Externship

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to state or federal government agencies or to non-profit legal services organizations. The student clerks conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe administrative, trial or appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with public officials, and perform the duties of a law clerk under the supervision of a supervising attorney and a faculty member. Students in their final year of school may also appear in court on behalf of the state or clients in limited types of proceedings. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the assigned office and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Public Interest Lawyering and Ethics.
4 Credits- 180 hours (approx. 2 days/week for 14 weeks)

Course Type See Course Type Descriptions

Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

4.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.798.B (6 Credits)Public Interest Clinical Externship

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to state or federal government agencies or to non-profit legal services organizations. The student clerks conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe administrative, trial or appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with public officials, and perform the duties of a law clerk under the supervision of a supervising attorney and a faculty member. Students in their final year of school may also appear in court on behalf of the state or clients in limited types of proceedings. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the assigned office and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Public Interest Lawyering and Ethics.
6 Credits- 270 hours (approx. 3 days/week for 14 weeks)

Course Type See Course Type Descriptions

Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

6.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.798.C (8 Credits)Public Interest Clinical Externship

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SUMMER ONLY

Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to state or federal government agencies or to non-profit legal services organizations. The student clerks conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe administrative, trial or appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with public officials, and perform the duties of a law clerk under the supervision of a supervising attorney and a faculty member. Students in their final year of school may also appear in court on behalf of the state or clients in limited types of proceedings. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the assigned office and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Public Interest Lawyering and Ethics.
8 Credits- 360 hours (approx. 5 days/week for 10 weeks) SUMMER ONLY

Course Type See Course Type Descriptions

Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

8.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor
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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.

Elective

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.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

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.