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Gregory W. Bowman

RWU Law Announces Sixth Dean

Michael M. Bowden

A nationally recognized scholar and educational leader, Dean-Designate Gregory W. Bowman vows to “build an even brighter future for legal education in Rhode Island.”

Goldstein, Gonzalez

RWU Law Professors File Emergency COVID-19 Lawsuit

Michael M. Bowden

Professors Jared Goldstein and Debbie Gonzalez have filed a petition together with the ACLU, seeking the release of three detainees at Wyatt who are at high risk from COVID-19.


FAQ for 3Ls

Updated information for graduating students, including final exams, grading, Commencement plans, bar exams, the job market and more.

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"!



Ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic continue to evolve and multiply on an almost minute-to-minute basis. Here are the latest updates from RWU Law.


F.A.Q.: COVID-19 and RWU Law

In what seems like the blink of an eye, we have gone from enjoying Spring Break to being in the middle of a worldwide public health crisis. Here's what you need to know now.

Solidarity Photo

Stronger Together: A Black Law Student Association Photoshoot

By Julia Rubin and Xaviea Brown

On Saturday, members of the Black Law Student Association, alumni and supporters gathered at the State House to take a solidarity photo, showing their unity and their presence on campus and in the field of law.

Gillian Lester

A Place at the Table

Michael M. Bowden

At RWU Law's Inaugural Women in Law Leadership Lecture, Columbia Law dean Gillian Lester urged young women lawyers and law students to be confident "you have a place at the table."

Robin Steinberg

‘Injustice Dehumanizes Everyone It Touches’

Michael M. Bowden

Robin Steinberg, CEO of The Bail Project, argues that pre-trial detention, fueled by unaffordable cash bail, has created "a human rights crisis" that discriminates by race, status and class.

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Broadening the Perspective

Michael M. Bowden

One of the nation’s first out transgender law partners in BigLaw talks about making a place for trans lawyers – and what the profession stands to gain from the effort.

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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.