Lorraine N. Lalli

Lorraine Lalli
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 Williams University School of Law, where 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 School of Law’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan Steering Committee. 

Lorraine is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College, and Roger Williams University School of Law. She 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 as the inaugural Director of Diversity & Outreach. In this role, Dean Lalli energized existing programs designed to improve the academic experience and success of students from diverse backgrounds. 

Dean Lalli is active in a variety of organizations. She serves on the board of the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals, Mt. Hope Learning Center, One Neighborhood Builders, and Inspiring Minds.  She previously served on the Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Committee and the Providence School Board. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

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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.