Tuition and Fees

Building on our 26-year legacy as Rhode Island’s only law school, and a leading institution in Southern New England, RWU Law's tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $39,865, making us the best-priced ABA-accredited private law school in the Northeast – and one of the best legal education values on the entire East Coast.

 

Tuition 

New Incoming Class Fall 2020

$19,932.50/semester for 12-18 credits ($39,865 for fall and spring tuition)   

Students enrolling in fewer than 12 credits will be charged on a per credit basis at $1,330 per credit.

Master of Studies in Law Degree (MSL)

$977 per credit

Fees (2020-2021)

Student Fees$1,450/year
Parking Permit$190/year
RWU Student Health Insurance$2,021/year
Health Services Fee (Optional) $200/semester

All Fall 2020 incoming law students must be covered by an adequate health insurance policy.  Those who are covered under an existing health insurance plan may waive the University sponsored student health insurance.  To waive, students are required to decline the University’s insurance plan and provide information on their existing plan by completing the form available at www.rwu.edu/go/insurance 

Service Fees 

Official Transcript$5 per copy
Late Payment fee

$315

Return Check Fee$30 Each Occurrence 
  

 

RWU tuition, fees and other related charges are approved by the RWU Board of Trustees annually.  RWU faculty and staff have designed and adapted many aspects of the traditional campus experiences and classroom instruction for our students, all of which factor into our cost and pricing decisions for the university and its program inclusive of School of Law and University College programs. RWU continues to make significant investments in technology, training, and safety and health resources, which have been made available to ensure the continued quality educational experience for our students, whether in person or remotely accessed. Consistent with our past policies, tuition and mandatory fees will not be adjusted based on the instructional method and/or mode of academic delivery or any other changes or disruptions that may occur during the academic year such as adjustments to instructional content, schedules or the duration of the semester, inability to access Roger Williams University-maintained facilities, or cancellation of activities, events, services or programs. Tuition and mandatory fees will not be refunded in whole or in part for any reason, except as expressly provided for under the refund policy [https://www.rwu.edu/who-we-are/administrative-offices/bursar/resources-forms/policies-bursar/refund-policy]. By paying the tuition and mandatory fees, the student and anyone paying tuition on their behalf acknowledges and accepts these terms. 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Elective

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.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

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.