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Diversity at RWU Law

Diversity, Front and Center

Michael M. Bowden

RWU Law is more than twice as diverse as it was just seven years ago –- a shift that's making the school stronger than ever.

RWU Law Commencement 2018

RWU Law Celebrates Commencement 2018

Michael M. Bowden

A cool, breezy, partly sunny day on Mt. Hope Bay provided a classic “spring in New England” backdrop as immigration advocate Marielena Hincapié delivered a rousing address to the 130 graduates of the


Kogan Dedication

Honoring Professor Bruce Kogan

Michael M. Bowden

Founding faculty member, two-time interim dean, master mediator – Professor Bruce I. Kogan has been all these and more; and his name is now permanently ensconced at Roger Williams University School of Law’s experiential campus in downtown Providence.

Litigation Academy

Litigation Academy Helps Lawyers Hone Skills

Katie Mulvaney, Providence Journal Staff Writer and RWU Law MSL Student

Young and old lawyers participate under the guidance of state and federal judges and seasoned practitioners; they also get a little assistance from some of the area’s most talented professional actors, posing as witnesses.

Diversity Symposium Dinner

15th Diversity Symposium Dinner

Michael M. Bowden

Lively and engaging, the 15th Annual Diversity Symposium Dinner was packed with legal and community leaders -- and a burgeoning contingent of high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in law.

Ryan, Allen

New Faculty for Fall '18

In the coming academic year, Associate Professors Tara I. Allen and Christopher J. Ryan, Jr., will bring fresh expertise to RWU's world-class faculty.

RI Tenant Stabilization Project

‘Force Multipliers’

Michael M. Bowden

RWU Law students gain legal experience helping low-income tenants avoid eviction, while also forging longer-term solutions to Rhode Island’s ongoing housing crisis

Close Course Type Descriptions

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.