Adjunct Faculty

At RWU Law, we bring in experienced practitioners immersed in a variety of legal careers, from practicing attorneys at top law firms to justices and judges serving in the state and federal law system.

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The Honorable Patricia A. Sullivan

Adjunct Professor of LawUnited States District Court, District of Rhode Island

The Honorable Patricia A. Sullivan is a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, District of Rhode Island. She was appointed in 2012. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (formerly Edwards & Angell, LLP and Edwards Angell

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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.