Law Review membership provides the unique opportunity for law students to work on a student-run law journal. All work published in the Law Review is selected and edited by its student members. Additionally, all Law Review members are required to compose original works of legal scholarship, some of which are selected for publication in the Law Review. Thus, membership provides the distinctive opportunity to work as both an editor and an author of important scholarship.

The legal profession recognizes Law Review participation as a significant accomplishment and a valuable experience. For many Law Review members, Law Review service is the single most enriching and rewarding experience of their law school career.

Eligibility Requirements
Students in good academic standing are qualified to participate in the Law Review writing competition upon completion of twenty-nine academic credits, generally at the end of their first academic year. All students who participate in the writing competition are considered for Law Review membership.

Selection Criteria
Selection decisions are based equally on (1) performance in the writing competition and (2) grade point average.  There are no automatic invitations based on grades. Therefore, all students interested in Law Review membership must participate in the writing competition.

Writing Competition
The annual writing competition is administered immediately following the Spring final examination period. The competition usually calls for participants to write a law review-type article based on provided materials. All materials necessary to complete the assignment are supplied; no additional research is required or allowed. Writing competition submissions are anonymous and collaboration is not allowed. Membership decisions are usually made by mid to late July.

Law Review members generally visit classrooms during March to discuss the writing competition.  The Law Review leadership has created additional resources for students interested in membership:

  • The Write-On How-To Video on Youtube provides an introduction to the Law Review and the Write-On Competition, including the writing and citation portions.
  • Write-On Competition Information: This document explains the competition, its parts, timeline, and grading process.
  • Law Review Q & A: This document presents frequently asked questions and answers about the Law Review.

Continued Membership Requirements
All members are expected to complete assignments in a timely manner and fulfill responsibilities described in the bylaws. Staff member responsibilities include (1) producing a Note or Comment of publishable quality, (2) Bluebooking and editing articles selected for publication, (3) producing a Rhode Island Survey of publishable quality, and (4) Bluebooking and editing a Rhode Island Survey.

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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.