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Dean’s Distinguished Service Award 2021: Ralph Tavares

Michael M. Bowden

Roger Williams University School of Law is proud to announce that Ralph E. Tavares, Jr., Director of Diversity and Outreach, was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding

commencement 2021

'Nothing Short of Extraordinary'

Michael M. Bowden

RWU Law's Class of 2021 celebrates a hybrid commencement as the nation emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Adjunct Professor of the Year 2021: David Coombs

Michael M. Bowden

David Coombs, Roger Williams University School of Law's Chief Justice Weisberger Visiting Professor of Law, has been voted by the Class of 2021 as Adjunct Professor of the Year!


Class of 2021 Awards

Michael M. Bowden

The RWU Law community, including friends and family of graduating 3Ls, gathered virtually Monday afternoon to celebrate the Class of 2021 Awards program.


Lynette Labinger: Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa

Michael M. Bowden

This Friday, May 21, Roger Williams University School of Law will present constitutional and civil rights attorney Lynette Labinger with the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa. Attorney Lynette

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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.

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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.