Michael Donnelly-Boylen

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Michael Donnelly-BoylenAssistant Dean, Admissions

Contact Information

401-254-4555mdonnelly-boylen@rwu.eduOffice 119

Education

M.S., Suffolk University
B.A., University of Notre Dame

Michael Donnelly-Boylen brings nearly two decades of legal education experience to his position as Assistant Dean of Admissions at Roger Williams University School of Law.  He has become a leader on issues relating to the inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population in legal education.  

Dean Donnelly-Boylen joined RWU Law in 2002 and was promoted to Assistant Dean in 2005.   He has chaired the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) LGBT Issues Subcommittee.  He has also been a member of LSAC’s Diversity Committee assisting with many of LSAC’s diversity initiatives as well as LSAC's Test Development and Research Committee which oversees the LSAT.   In 2009, he served as a trainer for LSAC’s New Admission Personnel and Faculty Member Workshop.  He has spoken at numerous conferences for organizations like the Pre-Law Advisor National Conference, the ACCESS Group, the Law School Admissions Council, the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors, and the National Black Pre-Law Conference.

Dean Donnelly-Boylen began his career in legal education in 1995 at Suffolk University Law School working in both admissions and career services. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S. in political science from Suffolk University.

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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.