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In Memoriam: B. Mitchell (Tony) Simpson, III

B. Mitchell (Tony) Simpson III, a long-time member of RWU Law's adjunct faculty, a professor of legal writing, and a visiting professor, passed away last week at the age of 87. His obituary is here

Dorothy Russell Crockett Bartleson

The Amazing Dorothy Crockett

Michael M. Bowden

How an African-American woman from Providence became, in 1932, the 7th woman ever admitted to the Rhode Island Bar.

Congressman David Cicilline

'Hate and Bigotry Have No Place in America'

Michael M. Bowden

Congressman and former Providence mayor David Cicilline (D-R.I.) delivered the 2nd Annual Stonewall Lecture, focusing on the importance of passing an LGBTQ-friendly Equality Act.

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


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.

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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.