The Honorable Dennis J. Curran

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The Honorable Dennis J. CurranAdjunct Professor of LawAssociate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court

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A former trial attorney for over 20 years, Justice Dennis J. Curran has presided over 450 civil and criminal trials. 

In 2015, the Massachusetts Bar Association presented him with its Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award for "having demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to improving the administration of justice", an award bestowed only 7 times within almost 30 years.

In 2016, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys honored Justice Curran  with its Judicial Excellence Award.

In 2017, the American Board of Trial Advocates-Massachusetts Chapter bestowed him with its Judicial Courage Award.

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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.