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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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A Fond Farewell to Dean Michael Yelnosky

Michael M. Bowden

A visionary leader and champion of social justice in legal education, Yelnosky steered RWU Law from the wake of the Great Recession through the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic, continually positioning the school to remain “aggressively relevant.”

Congratulations Brenda Reyes

Law Student of the Year!

Michael M. Bowden

Congratulations, Brenda Reyes '20, who has been chosen as one of National Jurist Magazine's "Law Students of the Year"!

Millennial Law

Millennial Law

Dick Dahl

Millennials comprise, by far, the majority of RWU Law’s alumni base. What makes them different? And how are they changing the law?

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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.