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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.

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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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RWU Law Announces RBG Contest for K-12 Students

Michael M. Bowden

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

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'Law Isn't a Foreign Language Anymore'

Michael M. Bowden

One of Southern New England's top investigative reporters explains why pursuing a Master of Studies in Law at RWU Law makes sense.

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Yelnosky Patio Dedicated

Michael M. Bowden

In a quiet ceremony on November 4, RWU Law recognized Professor Michael J. Yelnosky – a founding faculty member of this institution and its Dean from 2014 to 2020 – by dedicating the law school’s

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Bright Anniversaries In Uncertain Times

By Nicole Dyszlewski and Louisa Fredey

3L Louisa Fredey and law librarian Nicole Dyszlewski note that 2020 marks the centennial of two milestones – nationally, women gained the right to vote; and in Rhode Island, the right to practice law. But how have these events changed our world – and what comes next?


Ruth Bader Ginsburg and RWU Law

Michael M. Bowden

Remembering the special links between the Notorious RBG and Rhode Island's only law school ...

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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.