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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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A Sense of Belonging: Ruth Dimanche 1L

When 1L Ruth Dimanche arrived at Roger Williams University School of Law to attend an accepted students’ event, she did not expect to feel an instant sense of welcome, comfort, and belonging. By the end of that orientation, Dimanche knew RWU Law was the school for her, and since becoming a student, her belief has been repeatedly confirmed.

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For 30 Years: A Justice-Centered Mission

Helga Melgar

This fall, RWU Law Dean Gregory W. Bowman held a far-ranging conversation with law school leaders to reflect on this milestone year, the school’s history and commitment to advancing social justice in legal education, and a bright future that includes the launch of the Institute for Race and the Law as the next step in RWU Law’s leadership on racial justice legal education.

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Dean Bowman on the SCOTUS Admissions Decision

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in "Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College.” While Roger Williams University School of Law will abide by this

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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.