Student Wellness

Academic Success

Counseling Center

Counseling services are available to law students in the Counseling Center, located on the second floor of the Center for Student Development, which is near Cedar Hall (campus map).

The Center is open during the academic year from 8:30AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. During winter break and the summer, the Center is open 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday.

Before meeting with a counselor, you will be asked to provide background information about yourself and your reason(s) for visiting the Center.

It is important for you to know that information related to your visit to the Counseling Center do not become part of your academic record or transcript. Information cannot be shared about the fact of, or content related to, your visit without your written permission to the Center itself. There are rare exceptions to this confidentiality, and you are made aware of them before your initial meeting with a counselor. You can discuss any questions or concerns about this with your counselor during your initial meeting.

Available on the Counseling Center website, Roger Williams University law students also have access to free, confidential online mental health screenings. These screenings assess for the following concerns: anxiety, depression, eating, mood, and trauma.

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office promotes student success by acting as an advocate and an administrative liaison for students. The Dean of Students office is equipped to provide appropriate resources and guidance for a wide variety of student needs and concerns. The Dean of Students Office is located in the Dean's Suite.

Diversity & Outreach

The Office of Diversity & Outreach at RWU Law offers a range of programs and services that assist and support law students, both personally and professionally, including: one-on-one student counseling, support to student affinity groups, and resources to parents attending law school. The Office of Diversity & Outreach is located in the Admissions Suite.

Fitness & Recreational Services

Law students are encouraged to utilize the recreational service opportunities offered on campus including use of the Aquatic Center, Fitness Center, Group Exercise classes, and Waterfront activities.

Law Library Guide on Stress Management, Mindfulness and Wellness

Law school is stressful. This LawGuide was created to help you manage that stress in serious ways and not-so-serious ways.

Spiritual Life

The University’s long-term commitment to support diversity on campus extends to spiritual life, recognizing that religious diversity enriches academic inquiry. To that end, RWU has in residence a University Multifaith Chaplain and affiliated chaplains from the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Islamic traditions. This group works to accomplish three crucial goals: access to pastoral care for students, staff and faculty; support for programming in various religious traditions; and enrichment of interfaith life on campus.

In addition to the Spiritual Life Program, many local churches, synagogues, mosques and meditation centers welcome students from RWU.

To learn more about the Spiritual Life Program, please contact the University Multifaith Chaplain Nancy Soukup at nsoukup@rwu.edu for more information.

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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.

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.