RWU Law Textbook Reserve

The RWU Law Textbook Reserve program provides resources to help ensure that all students, regardless of economic circumstances, have access to course materials that are essential for strong academic performance in required courses.

The library has added one or more copies of required textbooks and course materials for all first year, required upper division courses, and large enrollment bar tested electives (business organizations, sales, and wills & trusts) to its reserve collection. Copies will circulate for 3 hours. To ensure that all students have equitable access, this circulation period will be strictly enforced. Please ask at the circulation desk to see if your books are available in the reserve collection.

In addition to casebooks, the library provides print copies of study aids for first year, required, and bar tested courses, as well as electronic access to study aids provided by Aspen Publishing, Lexis, and West Academic. Many of these study aids are recommended by faculty and include series such as Examples and Explanations, Acing, Concise Hornbooks, Short and Happy Guides, and Understanding. You can view the available study aids by visiting our study aids guide at:

For any questions about the textbook program, please contact Raquel Ortiz at If you are facing financial hardships and would like to speak to someone further, please contact the Financial Aid office. 

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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.