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Kathleen Massa
Assistant Dean for Business Affairs

Joanne Fernandes
Accounting Assistant


I have never been on the RWU Law Payroll.  How can I be added as a School of Law Student Employee?

Please complete the following forms to be added to payroll.  Mac users:If you are using Preview to complete the forms, please “Export to PDF” the completed form to ensure that form data will be readable in Windows.

  1. PAF (Please complete top section and tell us your supervisor’s name):
  2. Student Employee Code of Conduct
  3. Federal W-4
  4. RI W-4
  5. Direct Deposit form
  6. Obtain an email between you and your supervisor, in which your supervisor offers you the position and you accept.
  7. Complete COVID training and submit confirmation. 
  8. Complete I-9 (cannot be previewed - download to fill out), and return with one of the following for verification:
    • US Passport
    • RWU ID and Social Security Card
    • RWU ID and Birth Certificate
    • Driver’s License and Birth Certificate

Please return all forms in one email to Joanne Fernandes, so that we may approve and add you to our system. Even one incomplete form will hold up the entire process. Due to COVID-19, you must schedule a virtual call to verify your forms once they are submitted. To do so, reach out to Eunice Pereira or Joanne Fernandes.

I have been a student employee before, and I am continuing.  What forms are required? 

Obtain an email between you and your supervisor, in which your supervisor offers you the position and you accept. Forward this email to Joanne Fernandes, who will then complete a rehire form and authorize Human Resources and Payroll to add you back into the system.

How do I log my hours? 

Once added as an employee to the HR and ADP Payroll systems, you will register and log your hours via the ADP Portal. This helpful video (you can play it without signing in) explains how to use the portal.  For further guidance, please refer to ADP's "How to Register" and "Student Employee Training" manuals. You can also use the ADP Mobile App.

Note that time clocks in the building have been removed. Now you can clock your hours using ADP Mobile.



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.