RWU School of Law Orientation - Optional Social Sessions

Please join us for these optional orientation events as your schedule permits! Updates will be made as additional events are added.

Meet & Greet with Admissions Staff and Dean Bowman

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Tuesday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Orientation begins later in the day – 4:00 p.m. online, so that leaves the better part of the day for law students to handle final details for the start of classes and Orientation. If you come to campus on Tuesday, August 11, please stop by the School of Law to say hello!  Admissions staff will be available outdoors (weather permitting) from 10-2pm to answer any last minute questions.  Dean Gregory Bowman will be present to say hello from 11:30 – 1:15. While on campus, you can also stop by the Recreation Center for COVID testing (click HERE to check availability) and get your RWU Law School ID in the Lower Common. As a reminder, masks are required.

Marine Affairs Open House

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Wednesday, August 12, 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Come learn about the Marine Affairs Institute.  This is an opportunity to hear about classes, experiential learning, and extra-curricular opportunities. 

To join this event, click HERE.

Online Trivia Night

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RWU Law library is hosting TRIVA – complete with prizes! See the flyer for more information.
To register for this event, please click HERE

RWU Law Trivia Night Flyer

Children/Pets/Family Meet and Greet

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Thursday, August 13, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

RWU Law's Feinstein Center and the OWLS (Older and/or Wiser Law Student Society) is hosting an optional, informal online meet-and-greet.  We would really love to get to know you a little better and meet those who matter most to you -- those who give you joy and will help keep you focused on what's really important during the next three years.  So please join us and bring your children and/or your pets and/or anyone else in your family that you’d like to include!  Take a fun little break from Orientation to get to know us and some of your classmates and start to find your community!  

Please use the link below to register for the event. After registering, you will receive information about joining the meeting.
Register in advance HERE 
What is the Feinstein Center?  The Feinstein Center is RWU Law's home for public interest, pro bono & experiential learning.   

What is OWLS?  OWLS is RWU Law's Older, Wiser Law Student Society.  OWLS is open to all law students of all ages and backgrounds and is dedicated to supporting the non-traditional student who is pursuing law as a second career, after a lapse in an academic environment, and/or is juggling the challenges of law school with their spouse, children, and/or other loved ones.


Tips on Exploring Rhode Island’s Coast

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Saturday, August 15, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for “Tips on Exploring Rhode Island’s Coast” to learn about your new (or current) home, Rhode Island. Staff of the Marine Affairs Institute and Rhode Island Sea Grant will walk folks through a demonstration of the “Shoreline- RI” website, which allows users to map out the best places to swim, fish, hike, kayak, and generally explore the state.  Bring your coffee and spend a little bit of the morning mapping out fun things to do for the weekend and beyond.

To register for this session, please click HERE


BYOB Online Meet and Greet with MCLSA

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Saturday, August 15, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

The MultiCultural Law Student Association (MCLSA) would like to invite you for a casual BYOB Online Meet and Greet. The MCLSA is a student organization focused on diversity and inclusion here at RWU. We have exciting events every year, and we would love to share what we have planned for this Fall with you. Join us this Saturday to learn more about us and enjoy our free time while it lasts. 

To join this event, click HERE.

Explore the East Bay Bike Path and Colt State Park

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Sunday, August 16 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Grab your bicycle and join Jared Goldstein (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) and Lorraine Lalli (Ast. Dean of Students) for a casual ride in one of Rhode Island’s most scenic locations. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. in Independence Park in Bristol, located at 419 Thames Street for a short ride on the East Bay Bike Trail to Colt State Park and a ride along the scenic Narragansett Bay. This is an in-person event, so masks are required.

Please sign up in advance by emailing


Close Course Type Descriptions

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.