School of Law Commencement 
Friday, May 15, 2020
12:30 p.m.


Graduates will order regalia, consisting of a robe, hood, and tam, through the bookstore thorough their online site: Regalia should be ordered by March 1, 2020 for pick up at the Mandatory Commencement Meeting (Wednesday, April 15 at 12:30pm in Room 283).  Questions about regalia should be referred to Sandra in the bookstore at

Students on remote externships who are unable to come to Bristol should contact Sandra directly at   

Class Rings
Class rings may be ordered online. For an appointment with the Balfour representative, contact:

Order a Class Ring

Roger Williams University Media Services will record the ceremony. Graduates will be emailed a link to view the ceremony online after the ceremony.  The Office of Programs & Events will have a professional photographer at the ceremony. Graduates will receive a 5 x 7" print from the Office of the Dean. Additional prints may be purchased directly from Commencement Photos, Inc. at 978-851-5924. Due to safety regulations, family members and friends must remain in their seats throughout the ceremony. No guest will be permitted to stand in the aisles during the ceremony. Members of the audience using cameras may take pictures or videos from their seat.

Live Stream / Close Captioned Viewing
The School of Law’s Commencement will be available via UStream (live feed) during the ceremony. Family and friends unable to be present at the ceremony will be able to tune in on that day. Following the ceremony, the video will be archived and you will receive a link to access it at a later date. Click here for close captioned viewing of the ceremony. 

Watch Commencement via UStream

Graduate Arrival
Graduates should arrive to campus by 10:45 AM SHARP and should report directly to the Gym in the Campus Recreation Center.  An official Class of 2020 will be taken in the Gym at 11:15 AM  If you are not assembled at that time, you will not be included in the historic photograph. The graduate procession will begin at 12:20 PM  PLEASE ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR TRAVEL ALONG METACOM AVENUE, ROUTE 136.

Guest Information
Tickets are not required for family and friends to attend Commencement and there is no limit on the number of guests you may invite.  Gates to seating will open at 11:00 AM

A professional florist, Commencement Flowers, Inc., will be on campus before and during our Commencement ceremony.  Flowers may be purchased on Commencement day near the front entrance to the commencement tent.  For your convenience, you may pre-order flowers ahead of time, and have them available for pick-up at our location at Commencement.

Pre-Order Flowers Online

Hawks Nest: Featuring Seattle's Best gourmet coffee, Pepsi products, Fruit Juice Smoothies, eXpress grab & go sandwiches, salads, snacks, and more.
The Hawk's Nest in the Campus Recreation Center will be open on Friday, May 15, from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. 

Parking Information
Parking is available at no charge. All graduates and guests should enter through the North Gate for parking. Public Safety will direct vehicles. Handicap parking and seating should be requested by Friday, May 8 using the 2020 Request for Handicap Parking or Seating form below.  Traffic will be heavy, please allow extra time to arrive on campus.

Parking Map

2020 Request for Handicap Parking or Seating Form

Enter thru North Gate
GPS Address: 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI
Please allow extra time for travel along Metacom Avenue, Route 136.

General Information
Any law graduate or family member having questions relating to the School of Law Commencement, please contact the Office of Programs & Events at 401-254-4659 or

Special Accommodations
Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation for this event should contact the Office of Programs & Events, as soon as possible, but no later than 72 business hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made. 

2019 Law Commencement Video

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.