Michael Prescott

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Michael PrescottAdjunct Professor of LawAttorney at Law

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Michael K. Prescott is Senior Advisor and Special Counsel to the Governor for Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo. In this role, Mr. Prescott advises the Governor and her staff on various business and legal matters. Prior to his current role in the Governor’s Office, Mr. Prescott was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at IGT for both the company’s Gaming and Lottery divisions. Mr. Prescott was responsible for managing and overseeing legal matters and was also responsible for monetizing IGT’s extensive global intellectual property portfolio in a separate business unit. Prior to joining IGT, Mr. Prescott was a corporate attorney at Edwards Angell (now Locke Lord). Mr. Prescott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Northwestern University, and a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law.

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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.