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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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Remembering John Lewis

Michael M. Bowden

RWU Law honors the towering legacy of the longtime Congressman and civil rights icon through the memories of a former dean, Professor David Logan.


Fall 2020 Reopening: The FAQ

RWU Law's twin goals are (1) to keep you safe, and (2) to give you the best-quality legal education we can possibly deliver. Here's where you can dig into the details.

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Introducing RWU Law’s Sixth Dean

Michael M. Bowden

In a time of upheaval and change, Gregory W. Bowman, longtime dean of West Virginia’s only law school, brings his energy, experience and open-mindedness to Rhode Island’s only law school.

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A Fond Farewell to Dean Michael Yelnosky

Michael M. Bowden

A visionary leader and champion of social justice in legal education, Yelnosky steered RWU Law from the wake of the Great Recession through the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic, continually positioning the school to remain “aggressively relevant.”

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Meet Our New Board Members

Michael M. Bowden

RWU Law's BOD welcomes 11 new "leaders of the bench, bar and non-profit and business sectors; diverse in every sense; and, like those who preceded them, excellent role models and advocates for our students.”

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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.