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First Women of the RI Bar

Celebrating the First Women Lawyers in Rhode Island

Michael M. Bowden

The dedication of a commemorative plaque at RWU Law, honoring the first 176 women to join the state bar, draws an overflow crowd celebrating strides made - and recognizing the work still to be done.

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Celebrating the First Women Lawyers in Rhode Island

Michael M. Bowden

Roger Williams University School of Law will host a special event commemorating the First Women Lawyers in Rhode Island, featuring the dedication of a plaque listing the names of these 176 pioneers in the law.

Admiralty team

National Admiralty Champs!

Michael M. Bowden

A team of third-year law students from Roger Williams University School of Law has swept the premier admiralty law tournament in the United States, winning the overall championship as well as awards

ASB

A Spring Break That Teaches - and Gives Back

Edward Fitzpatrick

As part of Roger Williams University School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break program, 61 students will provide free legal services to impoverished communities in 17 locations ranging from the Bronx to Haiti.

JD/MBA

Introducing the Joint JD/MBA Degree

Ed Fitzpatrick

With this important new collaboration between RWU Law and Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, Roger Williams University will become the only school in Rhode Island offering a joint Juris Doctorate/Master of Business Administration degree.

President-Designate Miaoulis

Roger Williams University Announces 11th President

Ed Fitzpatrick

President-Designate Ioannis Miaoulis transformed Museum of Science, Boston, and Tufts School of Engineering; will "help RWU continue to redefine the role of higher education and chart an inspirational and strategic course for future growth"

Rachael Rollins

A Mandate for Change

Michael M. Bowden

Rachael Rollins, Boston's first female District Attorney and the first African-American woman to serve as a DA in Massachusetts, sees her role as much "bigger than just putting people in jail.”

Experiential Learning

Are You Experienced?

Michael M. Bowden

At 25, RWU Law is doing more than ever to ensure its students know how to think like lawyers, act like lawyers – and do good while doing well.

Aaron M. Frey

Meet Maine’s New AG, Aaron Frey ’08

Michael M. Bowden

As attorney general, Frey will focus on Maine's opioid crisis, criminal justice reform, environmental safeguards and relations with its tribal nations.

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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.

Elective

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.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

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.