Martsyl Joseph

Martsyl Joseph
Martsyl JosephProfessor of Legal Practice

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401-245-4549mjoseph@rwu.eduCurriculum Vitae


J.D., Indiana University
M.P.A., Indiana University
B.A., Boston College

Professor Martsyl Joseph joined the Rogers Williams School of Law faculty in 2022, after working as a criminal defense lawyer for 11 years.

Professor Joseph started her career with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, which is the public defender agency in Massachusetts. She then went into private practice, where she continued to do criminal defense work, but also practiced in the areas of juvenile justice, landlord-tenant law, and real estate law.

Professor Joseph graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Black Studies. She then attended Indiana University - Indianapolis, where she earned her Master’s in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs; and the the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor.

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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.