John P. McAdams

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John P. McAdamsAdjunct Professor of LawAssistant United States Attorney

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John McAdams is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, currently serving as Senior Litigation Counsel (SLC). As SLC, he is responsible for organizing, preparing and directing complex investigations and proceedings leading to litigation and for developing and implementing litigation-oriented training programs. He also serves as the criminal Civil Rights coordinator, public corruption coordinator, and Tribal Liaison for the District.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 2007, he served as a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice’s Tax Division from 2002-2007.

He graduated from Saint Anselm College in 1995 and from Boston College Law School in 2002.

After graduating from Saint Anselm College and prior to attending Boston College Law School, he spent two years as an Americorps volunteer, serving at-risk youth on the Colville Indian Reservation in the state of Washington, and in inner-city Chicago, IL, where he developed and directed a high-profile organization for at-risk youth.

Courses Taught

LAW.702Advanced Trial Advocacy

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Course Description

This course will take a criminal case as the jumping off point. Students will learn how to prepare and try a complex case. The class will focus on trial technique and strategy using cutting edge trial techniques and theories. Students will be evaluated based upon class participation and role playing in mock trial during the last two sessions of the class. Trial Advocacy is a prerequisite.

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Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law


LAW.641 – Trial Advocacy

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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.