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A Voice for Justice

By Janine L. Weisman

After her TikTok video went viral, Brooklyn Crockton L'22 finds herself working to change the system.


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'More Than I Ever Could Have Asked For ...'

Michael M. Bowden

As this year's Miss Rhode Island, 2L Abby Mansolillo is preparing not only for her final exams but also for the Miss America 2023 competition.

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From Classroom to Courtroom

Michelle Choate

Miguel Garcia ’24 left his job as a teacher and entered law school when he realized that advocacy was a better way to assist his community.

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Rewards of the Road Less Traveled

Michelle Choate

Mike Smitsky ’15 needed law students to help with legal work for a transportation trade union—so he partnered with his alma mater to create an internship perfect for the school’s Semester-in-Practice program.

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Should Prison Be Abolished?

Michael M. Bowden

“Most of the world doesn’t use prison in nearly the same way that we do in the US,” says Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler. “Yet most of those countries are least as safe as the US—and many are much safer.”

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Drawing the Line Between Talent and Desire

Michelle Choate

Hannah Devoe ’22 entered law school with a particular legal career path in mind. She left, confident and surefooted, on a completely different one.

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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.