Melissa Chalek

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Melissa ChalekPolicy Analyst Marine Affairs

Contact Information

401-254-4536mchalek@rwu.eduOffice 278


J.D. Roger Williams University
M.M.A., University of Rhode Island
B.S., University of Rhode Island

Melissa Chalek’s research with the Marine Affairs Institute is focused on adaptation responses to coastal hazards throughout New England. Ms. Chalek previously worked as a research assistant for Rhode Island Sea Grant on shellfish management issues, including authoring the legal framework chapter of the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan. She also clerked for the Rhode Island Superior Court. Prior to entering the legal profession, Melissa had a career as a zookeeper, focusing on aquatic animals.

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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.