Robert McCreanor

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Robert McCreanorAdjunct Professor of LawAttorney at Law

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Robert McCreanor is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice, a non-profit public interest law office based in Providence, RI.  Mr. McCreanor has more than a decade of experience in the provision of civil legal services to low-income individuals and communities including in housing, immigration, employment, and consumers' rights matters.  He previously taught clinical legal education at St. John's University School of Law. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in a trial bureau of the New York County District Attorney's Office and a litigation associate at the private law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Courses Taught

LAW.706Poverty Law

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Course Description

This course will provide a broad introduction to the theory and practice of poverty law. The course will be divided into four parts: (1) an overview of poverty and theories about poverty in the United States; (2) poverty and constitutional doctrine (due process, equal protection and fundamental rights) (3) federal and state government safety net programs (4) and the role of lawyers and the civil justice system in poverty law and policy. Substantive topics will include demographics of poverty in the United States, policy arguments about the causes of poverty, access to justice, welfare reform, food and income programs, health care access, low-wage work, housing, education and child protection.

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Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Robert McCreanor
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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.