Thomas G. Shaffer

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Thomas G. ShafferDirector of Admissions

Contact Information

401-254-4520tshaffer@rwu.eduRoom 118


J.D., Roger Williams University
B.A., Marywood University

Thomas G. Shaffer is the Director of JD Admissions and Program Director of the Master of Studies in Law Program. He earned his BA from Marywood University and his JD from Roger Williams University School of Law. Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Shaffer worked as a career law clerk (staff attorney) for the U.S. District Court in Providence, Rhode Island, where he provided legal advice and recommendations to the judicial officers of the court. He is admitted to the Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and U.S. Supreme Court bars and is Co-chair of the LGBT Committee of the Rhode Island Bar Association. Mr. Shaffer has served on the Law School Admission Council’s Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Sub-committee, the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group, the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee, the Test Development and Research Committee, and the Newcomers Work Group. He has also served as a scholarship application reader for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

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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.