Gregory W. Bowman

Dean Gregory Bowman
Gregory W. BowmanDeanProfessor of Law

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J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
M.A., University of Exeter, England
B.A., West Virginia University

Gregory W. Bowman joined the Roger Williams University School of Law faculty in 2020 as dean. Prior to his career in higher education, Bowman practiced international trade and corporate compliance law in Chicago and Washington, DC with the international law firm Baker McKenzie.

Bowman received his Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, his Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Exeter in England, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Studies from West Virginia University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society.

Bowman has served as a member of the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Board of Trustees, and he has chaired two LSAC governance committees and served on several more. He also has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Deans Steering Committee, Deans Section Executive Committee, and Membership Review Committee. In addition, Bowman has served as president and Board of Trustees member for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS). Currently, he co-chairs the International Committee for SEALS.

In recognition of his contributions to the legal profession and education, Bowman is an American Bar Foundation Fellow, AALS Fellow, and West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow. While serving on the faculty of the West Virginia University College of Law prior to joining RWU Law, he received the WVU Foundation’s campus-wide Award for Outstanding Teaching (2014), was named WVU Law’s Professor of the Year (2011), and received the West Virginia Law Review’s Outstanding Faculty Contribution Award twice (2011 and 2014).


Trade Remedies in North America (Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International, 2010) (with Nick Covelli, David A. Gantz, and Ihn Ho Uhm)


Strategic and Operational Leadership: Building a Diverse and Talented Leadership Team, 55 Toledo L. Rev. ___ (2024) (forthcoming)

The Rise of the Creative Law School, 50 University of Toledo Law Review, 255 (2019)

A Prescription for Curing U.S. Export Controls, 97 Marquette Law Review 599 (2014)

The Feng Shui of Study Abroad Programs, 1 Journal of Transnational Legal Issues 20 (2012)

U.S. and Canadian Federalism: Implications for International Trade Regulation, 114 West Virginia Law Review, 1007 (2012)

Of Haves and Have-Nots: A Review of Developing Countries and the Multilateral Trade Regime: The Failure and Promise of the WTO’s Development Mission, 3 Trade, Law and Development 242 (2011)

Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Law and Practice: The Mexican Experience, 5 Global Trade and Customs Journal, 267 (2010) (with Nick Covelli and David A. Gantz)

The Domestic and International Policy Implications of Deep versus Broad Preferential Trade Agreements, 19 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review 497 (2009)

The Comparative and Absolute Advantages of Junior Law Faculty: Implications for Teaching the Future of American Law Schools, 2008 Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal 171

Thinking outside the Border: Homeland Security and the Forward Deployment of the U.S. Border, 44 Houston Law Review 189 (2007)

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Reconceptualizing State and Government Succession, 51 New York Law School Law Review 581 (2007)

E-Mails, Servers, and Software: U.S. Export Controls for the Modern Era, 35 Georgetown Journal of International Law 319 (2004)

Economic Integration in the Americas: A Work in Progress, 14 Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 493 (1994) (with Kenneth W. Abbott)

Economic Integration for the Asian Century: An Early Look at New Approaches, 4 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, 187 (1994) (with Kenneth W. Abbott)

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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.