Gregory W. Bowman

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Gregory W. BowmanDeanProfessor of Law

Contact Information

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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 has served as dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law faculty since July 2020. Prior to joining the Roger Williams Law faculty, he was a member of the faculty at the West Virginia University College of Law, where he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as Dean. Bowman began his law teaching career at the Mississippi College School of Law, where he founded that school’s International Law Center and study abroad program. 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. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society.

Bowman is a member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Board of Trustees, and he is a member of the Deans Steering Committee, Deans Section Executive Committee, and Membership Review Committee for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Bowman is a past president and past Board of Trustees member of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) and co-chairs that organization’s International Committee.

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. He also received the West Virginia University Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2014, was named Professor of the Year at WVU Law in 2011, and received the West Virginia Law Review’s Outstanding Faculty Contribution Award in 2011 and 2014.

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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.