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RI Tenant Stabilization Project

‘Force Multipliers’

Michael M. Bowden

RWU Law students gain legal experience helping low-income tenants avoid eviction, while also forging longer-term solutions to Rhode Island’s ongoing housing crisis

Sinclair collage

'Marketplace of Ideas' Imperiled

David A. Logan

An impactful video showing manipulation of local new outlets by Sinclair Broadcast Group highlights the threat of a consolidated media to the “marketplace of ideas” of a healthy democracy.

Litigation Academy

Court As Classroom

United States Courts

Formed through a partnership between RWU Law and the Federal Bar Association, the Litigation Academy offers experience for new lawyers, ensuring higher-quality representation.

Labor Law

An End to Labor Unions?

Michael J. Yelnosky

Dean Michael Yelnosky argues that a First Amendment-based ruling in Janus could destroy America’s public-sector labor unions as we know them – and create a legal paradox.

Nicole Verdi '14 and Ashley Rodriguez

A Mentor and a Friend

Michael M. Bowden

How a young Dominican woman – not yet out of high school – found herself among the law students attending a chat with famed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Professor Richard Thompson Ford

Have We Outgrown Brown?

Michael M. Bowden

A Stanford Law professor argues that traditional civil rights approaches are no longer enough – and that “new thinking” is required to address discrimination and inequality in today’s society.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at RWU Law

‘You Can’t Help Being in Awe’

Michael M. Bowden and Edward Fitzpatrick

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the eighth Supreme Court Justice to address RWU Law students, asserts that appreciation – and not merely tolerance – of differences is what made America great.

Photo of Luis Mancheno '13

Fund lawyers to fight for the poor

Luis Mancheno '13

I fled my native Ecuador after people tried to kill me because I am gay. Alone, poor and desperate, I arrived in the United States and applied to become a refugee. During those first years in this country, the promise of the American Dream sustained me. I believed I could become whoever I wanted to be if I worked hard and sacrificed.

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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.