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Meet RWU Law's New Director of Diversity

Michael M. Bowden

Ralph E. Tavares brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help future lawyers develop ‘the lens and language for social justice, inclusion, and diverse perspectives.’

Santoro Panel 2019

'Throw Out the Old Thinking'

Michael M. Bowden

At the 2019 Santoro Business Law Lecture, a panel of experts engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of what makes a good business lawyer, how to provide value for clients and building strong professional relationships.

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.

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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.