Integrating Doctrine & Diversity

RWU Law staff produce a compelling, timely book and speaker series covering specific ways to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the law school curriculum.

In the 2021-22 school year, RWU co-sponsored, along with the City University of New York School of Law and Jurist, an ongoing Integrating Doctrine & Diversity Speaker Series. Each of the five installments to date have drawn hundreds of legal education professionals from across the country. In the 2022-23 school year we are back again, along with additional co-sponsors the University of California - Berkeley School of Law and George Washington University School of Law. Join us throughout the school year to learn more practical strategies for integrating DEIB skills and concepts throughout the law school curriculum.

Based on a 2021 book – Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion and Equity in the Law School Classroom, whose co-editors include two RWU Law instructors – the series focuses on practical strategies for putting DEIB goals into action.

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“I’ve received so much positive feedback from students, alumni, librarians across the country, and others,” said Nicole Dyszlewski, one of the book’s co-authors and a primary organizer of the speaker programs. “The comment I’ve heard the most is how engaged and thoughtful everyone is.”

Watch previous sessions of the Integrating Doctrine & Diversity Speaker Series:

  • April 2024

  • April 11:  A Dialogue with Dean Danielle M. Conway of Penn State Dickinson Law


  • February 2024: 

  • February 28: Inclusive Legal Education:  Navigating Faculty-DEIB Collaborations

  • February 15: "Beyond the First Year" Vol. 2 Book Release Celebration

  • November 2023: Beyond the Casebook: DEIB and Supplementary Materials

  • October 2023: How Does Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belongin Pedagogy Fit in Issues and Financial Affairs Classes? Leading with DEIB in Wills, Trusts, Estates, Insurance, Contracts, and Taxation Law Classes.

  • September 2023: Can the Socratic Method be used in an Inclusive Classroom?

  • May 2023: Responding to Classroom Controversy

  • May 2023: Moving Beyond the Box & Reconsidering the Criminal History Question on Law School Admission Applications

  • November 2022: Teaching Diversity Skills in Bar Tested Classes 

  • October 2022: Integrating Content on American Indian Law and Indigenous Identities

  • September 2022: Making Changes, Making Mistakes (Part 2)

  • April 2022: Auditing Your Syllabus and Classroom Materials

  • March 2022: Making Changes, Making Mistakes 

  • November 2021: Making Space, Taking Space

  • October 2021: When Law School Classroom Discussions on Diversity Go Wrong   

  • September 2021: Book Release Kickoff Celebration


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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.