Justin Kishbaugh

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Justin KishbaughAssociate Director of Academic SuccessWriting Professor of Law

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Ph.D., Duquesne University
M.F.A., Naropa University
B.A., King's College

Justin Kishbaugh comes to RWU Law with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English Literature. He has taught both Academic and Creative Writing at the collegiate level for over ten years, and has worked as a Legal Writing Specialist since 2010. Justin has published several articles on Imagist poetics, and his most recent article applies his background in poetry to legal writing. He has been invited to present papers, read poetry, and chair panels at a series of international conferences, and has authored several book reviews that range from a cultural study of the Notorious B.I.G. to a biography of the poet, Ezra Pound. In addition to his teaching and publications, Justin served as the Head Editor of the Duquesne University literary journal,Lexicon, and as Associate Editor of the Richard Aldington newsletter and Managing Editor of the Ezra Pound Society newsletter. As the Legal Writing Specialist for RWU Law, Justin is available to help students at any stage of the writing process. He does, however, encourage students to come see him as early and often as possible.

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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.