Suzanne Harrington-Steppen

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Suzanne Harrington-SteppenClinical Professor of LawAssociate Director of Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

401-254-4559sharrington-steppen@rwu.eduOffice 243DSSRN Author Page

Suzanne Harrington-Steppen is the Associate Director of Pro Bono Programs and the Director of Summer Public Interest Externship Program. Suzanne received a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a J.D. from City University of New York School of Law. Prior to joining the Law School as the Project Coordinator for the Pro Bono Collaborative, Suzanne completed a two-year federal clerkship with the Honorable Kevin Nathaniel Fox, United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Suzanne worked as a policy analyst for the California Food Policy Advocates and as a community organizer for the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness.


Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion and Equity in the Law School Classroom (Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2021)(with Nicole Dyszlewski, Raquel J. Gabriel, Anna Russell, and Genevieve B. Tung)


Learning from Millennials in the Legal Workspace, Rhode Island Bar Journal, Mar./Apr. 2019, at 23 (with Nicole P. Dyszlewski)

Don’t Do It Alone: A Community-Based, Collaborative Approach to Pro Bono, 23 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, 323 (2010) (co-authored with Laurie Barron, et al.)

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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.