Nicole Dyszlewski

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Nicole DyszlewskiDirector of Special Programs, Academic Affairs

Contact Information

401-254-4542ndyszlewski@rwu.eduOffice 295SSRN Author Page


J.D., Boston University
M.L.I.S., University of Rhode Island
B.A., Hofstra University

Nicole P. Dyszlewski currently serves as the Director of Special Programs, Academic Affairs, for the Law School. She originally joined the staff of the law school as the Research/Access Services Librarian in 2015 having come from a public legislative library before becoming the Head of Reference, Instruction, and Engagement in the law library prior to accepting her current position. She received a B.A. from Hofstra University, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar and the Rhode Island State Bar. Prior to becoming a law librarian, Nicole practiced real estate law. Her areas of interest are DEIB pedagogy in law school, mass incarceration, and access to justice.


Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion and Equity in the Law School Classroom (Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2021)(with Raquel J. Gabriel, Suzanne Harrington-Steppen, Anna Russell, and Genevieve B. Tung)

“Marketing and Outreach,” in Introduction to Law Librarianship, edited by Zanada Joyner and Cas Laskowski (Mountain View, CA: Pressbooks, 2021) (with Jessica Almeida)

“Rhode Island Women's Bar Association & the History of Women Lawyers in Our State,” in Raising the Bar: America Celebrates 150 Years of Women Lawyers 1869-2019, edited by Chuck Oldham and Ana E. Lopez (Tampa, FL: Faircount Media Group, 2019) (with Cassandra L. Feeney and Gina Renzulli Lemay)

“Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Inmates,” in Sexual Orientation, Gender Identities, and the Law: A Research Bibliography, 2006-2016, edited by Dana Neacsu and David Brian Holt (Getzville, New York: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 2018) (with Alisha Hennen)

What Color is Your C.F.R.? (Chicago, Illinois: CALI, 2016) (with Raquel Ortiz, illustrated by Liz Gotauco)


Focus on the Future: An Interview with Koye Idowu, Rhode Island Bar Journal, Jan./Feb. 2022, at 32 (with Meghan L. Hopkins)

Integrating Diversity into the 1L Curriculum, One Librarian at a Time, 25 UC Davis Social Justice Law Review 64 (2021)

Law Librarians as Access to Justice Allies, 17 Public Services Quarterly 65 (2021) (with Jessica Almeida)

Focus on the Future: An Interview with Justin S. Smith, Rhode Island Bar Journal, Nov./Dec. 2021, at 21 (with Meghan L. Hopkins)

Focus on the Future: An Interview with Samantha Armstrong, Rhode Island Bar Journal, Sept./Oct. 2021, at 21 (with Meghan L. Hopkins)

Focus on the Future: An Interview with Emily Heisler, Rhode Island Bar Journal, July/August 2021, at 23 (with Meghan L. Hopkins)

Focus on the Future: An Interview with Monsurat Ottun, Rhode Island Bar Journal, May/June 2021, at 21 (with Meghan L. Hopkins)

Focus on the Future: An Interview with Kaylin Pelletier, Rhode Island Bar Journal, March/April 2021, at 27 (with Meghan L. Hopkins)

History of the First Women Project, 25 Roger Williams University Law Review 307 (2020)

Boldly Marching Through Closed Doors: The Experiences of the Earliest Female Attorneys in Their Own Words, 25 Roger Williams  University Law Review 340 (2020)

Focus on the Future: An Interview with Michaela Bland, Rhode Island Bar Journal, May/June 2020, at 33 (with Meghan L. Hopkins)

Focus on the Future: An Interview with Zachary Lyons, Rhode Island Bar Journal, July/August 2020, at 22 (Meghan L. Hopkins)

7 Podcasts for Lawyers Who Love True Crime, Rhode Island Bar Journal. March/April 2020, at 23

Continuing the Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion, AALL Spectrum, Sept./Oct.  2019, at 30 (with Zanada Joyner and Joshua LaPorte)

Learning from Millennials in the Legal Workspace, Rhode Island Bar Journal, Mar./Apr. 2019, at 23 (with Suzanne Harrington-Steppen)

Book Review, Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence by Ronda Muir, 110 Law Library Journal 416 (2018)

9 Strategies for Improving the Legal Internship Experience at Your Office, Rhode Island Bar Journal, Jan./Feb. 2018, at 21 (with Laura Pickering)

Legal Ease: Self-Care for Library Staff, AALL White Paper (2018), (editor)(with Jessica Randall Panella and Brittany Stronjy)

Bringing Books Behind Bars: Anatomy of a Successful Service Project, AALL Spectrum, Nov./Dec.  2016, at 39 (with Jessica Pisano Jones and Joshua LaPorte)

Mass Incarceration: An Annotated Bibliography, 21 Roger Williams University Law Review 471 (2016)(with Lucinda Harrison-Cox and Raquel Ortiz)

Managing Disruptive Patron Behavior in Law Libraries: A Grey Paper, 107 Law Library Journal 491 (2015)(with Kristen R. Moore and Genevieve B. Tung)

Outreach to Public Libraries: Efforts to Propel Service and Access to Information in New England, AALL Spectrum, Dec. 2014, at 13 (with Catherine Biondo, Joshua LaPorte, and Rebecca Martin)

Book Review, Politics of Parking: Rights, Identity and Property by Sarah Marusek, 105 Law Library Journal 235 (2013)

Book Review, Human Rights in Europe: Commentary on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, 20 Law and Politics Book Review 348 (2010),

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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.