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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.

Photo of MLK Lecture 2018.

A Painful History

Michael M. Bowden

Historic memorials or hurtful provocations? That’s the question at the heart of the debate about removing Confederate monuments from public spaces – or keeping them in place.

Linda Tappa in her garden

From Farm to School

Jill Rodrigues

Tappa's goal? To blend public service and business law -- bringing small farmers and elementary schools together to help kids develop healthy eating habits.

Dean stands inside his office

Show, Don't Tell

Michael Yelnosky

Whenever possible, I try not to simply assert that the program at RWU Law is special. Instead I try to give specific examples, preferably “objective” examples, or examples that do not come from my own observations. Let me show you a few recent indicators of the quality of the program and people at RWU 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.