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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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A Farewell to Departing Directors

Michael M. Bowden

Roger Williams University School of Law recognizes and salutes the nine members of its Board of Directors who are stepping down at the end of this month.

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Distinguished Research Professor: John Chung

Michael M. Bowden

A popular teacher and academically prolific scholar, Chung’s work focuses on commercial law – but he’s never been afraid to tackle more “transcendent” issues.

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Dean’s Distinguished Service Award: Raquel Ortiz

Michael M. Bowden

Roger Williams University School of Law is proud to announce that Raquel M. Ortiz – dean for Library & Information Services and associate professor of law – is this year’s recipient of the Dean’s

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Distinguished Service Professor: Deborah Gonzalez

Michael M. Bowden

Roger Williams University School of Law is proud to announce that Deborah Gonzalez – director of the Immigration Law Clinic and Associate Clinical Professor of Law – will serve as the Bruce I. Kogan

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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.