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RWU Law Recognized by White House

Michael M. Bowden

Roger Williams was among law schools thanked by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for their work addressing the housing and eviction crisis, increasing housing stability, and improving access to justice.

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The Dean Meets the Governor

Michael M. Bowden

RWU Law Dean Gregory W. Bowman sits down with Rhode Island Governor Daniel J. McKee to discuss issues of common concern to both the Statehouse and the Ocean State's only law school.

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RWU Law Remembers Sarah Weddington

Michael M. Bowden

The pioneering lawyer, who passed away this week, successfully argued the landmark case of Roe v. Wade (1973), and inspired many on her visits to RWU Law.

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'You Have to Adapt to Survive'

Michael M. Bowden

How does a newly established immigration law practice weather a hostile administration and a global pandemic? Ask Boston attorney Antonio Massa Viana ’14.


Announcing the 2nd Annual RBG Contest for K-12 Students

Michael M. Bowden

Roger Williams University School of Law, Rhode Island’s only law school, is once again inviting Ocean State students from grades K through 12 to submit essays and drawings on how they have been

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RWU Law Acquires Top Marine Law Journal

Michael M. Bowden

Rhode Island’s only law school acquires the U.S.’s leading maritime law periodical, a boon for the profession and students alike.

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Logan Article Central to SCOTUS Dissent

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch relies heavily on an article by Professor David Logan in arguing that the court should have heard a challenge to its landmark 1964 holding in New York Times v. Sullivan.


RWU Law Introduces Required Course on Race and the Law

Michael M. Bowden

This fall, RWU Law becomes one of just a handful of law schools nationwide to introduce a new required course on “Race & the Foundations of American Law” to its core legal curriculum.

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Nava Wins Inaugural Judicial Fellowship

Michael M. Bowden

Marianna Nava, a rising 2L at RWU Law, has been selected to receive a Federal Magistrate Judges Association (FMJA) Fellowship in the program’s inaugural year.

RWU Celebrates Juneteenth

A Juneteenth Message from the Dean

Dean Gregory W. Bowman

‘Many people in our country acknowledge Juneteenth as a celebration of freedom—and it is that. Yet this date is also a reminder of deferred justice for those who continue to chase true freedom.’

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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.