Lenore Montanaro

Lenore Montanaro
Lenore MontanaroAdjunct Professor of LawAttorney at Law

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Professor Montanaro is one of the nation's premier animal welfare attorneys. She served as chair of the American Bar Association TIPS Animal Law Committee. Additionally, she served as the delegate representing Rhode Island and Massachusetts for the annual International Animal Law Summit. She is the author of several published works, including legal scholarship, with publications in law review and legal periodicals. She is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She received a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts and a J.D. from the Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts. She is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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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.