“Bristol is a wonderful town, and the campus is just breathtaking in its beauty. That plus the youth of the school, and the energy and optimism I feel here made this a very distinctive challenge and a delightful opportunity. All the signs are good. All the winds are blowing in the right direction.”

~ Dean David A. Logan, 2003


Dean Rishikof introduces courses in National Security Law and the ConstitutionDean Rishikof introduces courses in National Security Law and the Constitution, in cooperation with the Naval War College in Newport.


Founding Dean and former Roger Williams University President Anthony Santoro rejoins RWU Law as faculty member.

Eric HolderEric Holder, then Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno, delivers the RWU Law’s first Thurgood Marshall Lecture. Mrs. Thurgood Marshall makes her first of several visits to RWU Law for the inaugural lecture.

Honors Program established.

Dean Rishikof steps down, effective June 30. Bruce I. Kogan, formerly Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, appointed Interim Dean effective July 1.


AmicusAmicus Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, is published. Amicus had previously existed as a student/alumni-run newsletter. In 2011, the magazine was redesigned and re-titled RWU Law Magazine, with "Amicus" retained as the name of the publication's Alumni department. RWU Law Magazine would publish biannually through 2016, and occasionally thereafter.


LoganDavid A. Logan is appointed Dean, effective July 1. Logan had been a tenured full professor at Wake Forest University School of Law.




Thurgood MarshallThe Thurgood Marshall Lecture Series becomes RWU Law’s first endowed lectureship, underwritten by leading law firm Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP. First topic is the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education (1954).





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.