Our Mission

The mission of RWU Law is to prepare students for success in the public and private sectors and to promote social justice and the rule of law through engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship.

In support of that mission, we strive to:

  1. Provide an excellent legal education that is focused on the development of students’ analytical, ethical, and other practice skills through the exploration of legal doctrine, policy, history and theory, including the relationship between law and social inequality.
  2. Provide students guided opportunities to provide pro bono legal assistance to unrepresented individuals and organizations. 
  3. Attract and retain a student body, faculty, and staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences, especially those historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
  4. Produce meaningful legal scholarship that provides analysis, insights, or information to lawyers, judges, legislators, policy-makers, scholars, journalists, and the public-at-large.
  5. Provide service to the legal profession and the wider community.


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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.


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.