Lorraine N. Lalli

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Lorraine N. LalliAssociate Dean, Student Life and Operations

Contact Information

401-254-4593llalli@rwu.eduSuite 106


J.D., Roger Williams University
B.A., Spelman College

Lorraine Lalli is Associate Dean of Student Life and Operations at Roger William Law School in Bristol, RI. In this position, she works with senior university and law school administration to support law students in their academic, professional and personal goals. She is a member of the Admissions Committee and helps lead diversity and inclusion efforts as a member of the School of Law’s Diversity nd Inclusion Strategic Plan Steering Committee. She previously served as the Law School’s inaugural Director of Diversity & Outreach.

Dean Lalli is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College, where she majored in Philosophy and earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law. As a law student, she won numerous awards for academic excellence, and served as President of the Multicultural Law Students Association and the extramural Trial Team.

Dean Lalli is admitted to the state bars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and practiced with Brown Rudnick, LLP in Boston before returning to her alma mater to direct diversity initiatives. In this role, Dean Lalli energized existing programs designed to improve the academic experience and success of students from diverse backgrounds.

Dean Lorraine is active in the local community. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Mt. Hope Learning Center and One Neighborhood Builders and Inspiring Minds and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She previously served as a member of the Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Committee and as a member of the Providence School Board. She is an avid runner, completing five marathons.


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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.