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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.

Photo of Deborah Johnson

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.


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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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.