John K. Fulweiler

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John K. FulweilerAdjunct Professor of LawAttorney at Law

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John K. Fulweiler is an attorney in private practice focusing on representing businesses and individuals in disputes in-court and out-of-court as well as before arbitration panels and agency proceedings.  Having served as a licensed merechant mariner and as a staff captain with a New England towing and salvage firm prior to law school, he draaws on his practical maritime experience in representing litigants in maritime personal injury suits, cargo damage claims, salvage and towage claims, commercial disputes and vessel products liability and warranty actions before both trial and appellate courts.  He also possesses significant experience litigating aviation claims and drafting commercial transportation documentation.  He is recognized by the Maritime Law Association as a Proctor-In-Admiralty.

Courses Taught

LAW.708Maritime Litigation- The Whips and Whirls of an Admiralty Practice

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Marine Affairs Institute

Course Description

This course is designed to explore various maritime topics typically encountered by an associate in a maritime law firm. Each class will dissect one or more discrete topics related to the resolution of disputes arising in the context of personal injury and cargo damage (including conducting a shipboard investigation), port entry and clearance (including vessel detention issues), limitation of liability claims (including shipyard fires), the International Maritime Organization's Conventions (including Safety of Life At Sea), and various maritime safety issues arising out of offshore wind farms (including examination of domestic and foreign legal frameworks). This course will rely heavily on class participation, will encourage discussion as to how to identify and respond to legal issues and will include mock deposition, drafting and interview exercises. This class should be of interest to the would-be admiralty attorney, or to anyone seeking to further his or her understanding of how to identify, analyze and treat a case from when it first comes in the lawyer’s door.

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Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

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John K. Fulweiler
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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.