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The View from the Statehouse

Michael M. Bowden

At the Governor's right hand, and on both sides of the aisle in the General Assembly, RWU Law alumni are playing increasingly prominent roles.


Making a Difference Together

Michael M. Bowden

RWU Law's extended family gathered Thursday night for an 'online edition' of its signature Champions for Justice event, raising funds for the school's public service legal initiatives in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, and beyond.

RBG drawing winner

Meet the RBG Essay Contest Winners!

Michael M. Bowden

Last December, RWU Law invited Ocean State students from grades K through 12 to submit essays and artworks on how they have been inspired by the legacy of late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And now, without further ado, here are the winning essays.

Deborah Gonzalez

Professor Gonzalez is 2020 Rhode Island Lawyer of the Year

Barry Bridges, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly

Lawyers Weekly has selected Professor Deborah Gonzalez as one of its 2020 Rhode Island Lawyers of the Year, citing her outstanding advocacy for the safety of immigrant detainees at Wyatt Detention Center.

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'Unmatched Opportunities'

Michael M. Bowden

For 3L Karen Lara, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to grant cert. in a case she first saw argued at RWU Law as a 1L symbolizes the progress of her own educational journey.

Dean Gregory W. Bowman

RWU Law dean seeking to build on culture of service, innovation

Barry Bridges, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly

“RWU Law has all of the elements to succeed as an innovative, modern law school — dedicated staff and faculty, a clear sense of mission, and an opportunity to collaborate with other parts of the university. I am excited about what we are doing.”

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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.