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Professor Tara I. Allen

Professor Tara I. Allen Announced as Federal Public Defender

Helga Melgar

Chief Judge David J. Barron of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit announced on June 4th that the Court has selected Attorney and current Professor of Law Tara I. Allen to serve as the next Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

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Leadership and Vision: Jonté T. McKenzie L'24

Michelle Choate

Jonté McKenzie is a firm believer in making the most of any situation he’s in, in getting involved with things he believes in, and creating a sense of community. Over the course of his three years at

Stefanie Fischer L'24

The Power of Yes: Stefanie Fischer L'24

Suzi Morales

As a teaching assistant for multiple courses and editor-in-chief of the Roger Williams University Law Review, Stefanie Fischer has excelled at every opportunity offered to her as a law student. But she credits her accomplishments at least in part to one chance she didn’t take.

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Rooted in Commitment: Geovanny Amaya L'24

Michelle Choate

Growing up as a first-generation American, Geovanny Amaya thought there was a strong chance he would go into immigration law. But when he arrived at RWU Law three years ago, he thought he should keep an open mind to other options that might present themselves.

1L Property Law Experience with Prof. Monica Texeira de Sousa

First-Year Students Get a Rare Glimpse Inside the Courtroom

Suzi Morales

The first year of law school builds important foundations for critical thinking, analysis, writing, and more that students will carry with them for years to come. But with all the stress of briefing cases and getting called on in class, 1Ls can sometimes feel a bit removed from the legal careers they’re pursuing. Together, Professor Monica Teixeira de Sousa and Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of Pro Bono Programs Suzanne Harrington-Steppen are working to change that.

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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.