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Professor Tony Santoro

Remembering RWU Law's Founding Dean

Professor Anthony J. Santoro, who died yesterday, also served as the sixth president of Roger Williams University, and was a beloved professor to countless RWU Law alumni.

Dean Michael J. Yelnosky

Dean Michael Yelnosky to Step Down After 2019-20 Academic Year

Jill Rodrigues

RWU Law announced today that Michael J. Yelnosky will step down as Dean at the end of the academic year, concluding an extraordinary six-year tenure. He will return to a full-time teaching position at the School of Law.

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'RWU Law is Essential to the Vision'

Michael M. Bowden

As Roger Williams University's 11th president, Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, completes his second full week in Bristol, here is a chat he had with RWU Law Dean Michael Yelnosky earlier this 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?


NCDC Holds Trial Practice Institute at RWU Law

Michael M. Bowden

For the past two weeks, the National Criminal Defense College has conducted its annual Trial Practice Institute at RWU School of Law, and the verdict is in – it's been a resounding success. A second session follows in July.

Making It Affordable

Making It Affordable

Michael M. Bowden

As Roger Williams University School of Law celebrated its 25th anniversary over the past year, the school enjoyed the privilege of having become an integral part of the Rhode Island and regional legal

RWU Law in Pride ParaDE

Roger Williams Celebrates Pride

Michael M. Bowden

The School of Law joined record crowds on Saturday for Providence’s 2019 Rhode Island PrideFest celebration, culminating in the spectacular Illuminated Night Parade.

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A Fond Farewell to Deborah Johnson

Michael M. Bowden

Students, faculty, staff gathered at the Bravo Bistro in Providence Thursday to bid farewell to a much-admired colleague, Deborah Johnson, who has served since 2011 as RWU Law’s Director of Diversity

Nadiyah Humber

Welcome, Professor Nadiyah Humber

Michael M. Bowden

This July, Assistant Clinical Professor Nadiyah J. Humber will join RWU Law as director of the Corporate Counsel and Government Clinical Externship Programs.

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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.