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  • Jump Start Program

    All Day Roger Williams University School of Law

    The Jump Start Program takes place the week before Orientation. It's designed to assist students in their transition to law school and help them reach their fullest potential. Most students who attend...

  • New Student Orientation

    All Day Roger Williams University School of Law

    Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. Orientation will begin on the morning of August 14 and will continue through August 16. Please note that formal business attire is required for...

  • 27th Annual Barrister’s Ball

    Omni Providence Hotel

    Sponsored by the Student Bar Association 6:30 PM Meet & Greet 7:30 PM Dinner and Dancing Omni Providence Hotel One West Exchange Street Providence, Rhode Island OVERNIGHT SPECIAL ROOM RATE: A limited...

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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.