"I immediately felt that Roger Williams saw and heard my passion, my desire to change my world – and then they made it possible." – Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies '07


Veterans lawRWU Law establishes its Veterans Disability Appeals Field Clinic in the Providence offices of Chisholm & Chisholm, one of the nation's leading veterans disability law firms.



Judge SavageRWU Law Distinguished Jurist in Residence Judge Judith Colenback Savage hosts a major symposium on Mass Incarceration at the school that helps lead to significant changes in Rhode Island law.




One EmpireRWU Law opens new Experiential Learning Campus at One Empire Street in downtown Providence, housing in-house clinics, hosting classes, and providing a base for students performing externships and gaining other work in the city.



Luis ManchenoLuis Mancheno ’13, makes national headlines when he leads a team of young attorneys in bringing the case of Darweesh v Trump Order less than 24 hours after President Trump signed his “Muslim ban”. In response, a federal judge blocks part of the executive order, ordering that refugees trapped at airports across the U.S. should not be sent back to their home countries.



RBGAssociate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgof the Supreme Court of the United States spends a snowy day at RWU Law.




First WomenA team of RWU Law librarians and staff, aided by members of the state bar and judiciary, builds a definitive list of the 176 First Women Lawyers in Rhode Island. In April, the law school hosts a gala event for the plaque dedication.



Dorothy CrockettThe Dorothy R. Crockett Classroom dedicated in honor of Rhode Island’s first African-American woman lawyer, admitted to the bar in 1932.






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.