Off-Campus Access to Digital Resources

Off-campus access to the Law Library's digital resources is available to Roger Williams University School of Law faculty, students, and staff using the links from Law Library's Digital Resources page and WebCatalog. All patrons also have the ability to view their own Patron Record.

New Single Sign On Access

Starting August 2018, single sign on access for off-campus access to the Law Library’s Digital Resources will start to be available. Single sign on will allow you to access digital resources using the same User name and password which you use to access the RWU campus portal.

You should see a Login screen like the one below:

Single Sign On Login Screen

During the August implementation period, library staff will be testing and converting links to use single sign on. In addition, the old system will continue to be available until all resources use the new sign on method.

Existing System and Library Patron Record Access

All patrons have the ability to view their Patron record from the WebCatalog. From any search results screen, click on Login at the bottom of the page. The library software will prompt you to provide your name, library barcode, and PIN.

After logging in, click on your name at the top of the screen to check on due dates, renew items which are not overdue, or change your PIN.

The same library software provides off-campus access to digital resources when you click on a link to the resource from the WebCatalog or the Law Library’s Digital Resources page.

  • The library barcode is on the back of your School of Law ID and will start with the number "25166...".
  • Your PIN is six alpha/numeric characters selected by you.

You should see a Login screen like the one below:

Login screenshot

If you do not have a PIN and need to establish one for the first time, enter the following on the Login screen:

  • Your name in the Name field.
  • Your barcode in the Bar Code field (from the back of your RWU Law ID (starts with 25166….).
  • Any character in the PIN field (any number or letter).
  • Click on the Submit button or press ENTER.

The system will recognize if you do not already have a PIN and take you to the page on which you can create a PIN:

Establish a PIN screenshot

If you already have a PIN, you will receive the message “Sorry, the information you submitted was invalid. Please try again.”

Invalid information screenshot

If you already have a PIN and do not remember it:

  • Click on the Forgot Your PIN? link (see below).
  • You will receive an email with a link to reset your PIN.
  • The email will go to your RWU email address.
  • Use the link supplied to reset your PIN.

Forgot your PIN? screenshot

If you still have problems, please contact the law library to verify that your patron record is up-to-date.

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.


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.