Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnellProfessor of Legal Practice

Professor McConnell teaches Legal Practice.  She comes to Roger Williams School of Law with extensive experience with legal research and writing, having served as both an attorney and law clerk in the Rhode Island state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels.  

As a practicing attorney, she focused on transactional work and litigation primarily in the areas of business, construction, and real estate law. Professor McConnell served as an attorney for the Rhode Island Judiciary from 2009 through 2022, as the Rhode Island Supreme Court Opinion Analyst, Staff Attorney for the Court’s Appellate Screening Unit, and Interim Staff Attorney for the Trial Court Law Clerk Department.  Professor McConnell is a graduate of Rhode Island College and University of Tulsa School of Law

Close Course Type Descriptions

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.

Elective

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.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

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.