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  • Monique Kuester

    'Something New and Different ...'

    Monique Kuester

    Master of Studies in Law

    When lifelong Iowan Monique Kuester suddenly found herself starting over in New England – her husband had relocated the family to Rhode Island for his work – she decided it was time to “freshen up”...

  • John Marion

    “Exactly What I Needed …’

    John Marion

    Master of Studies in Law

    Now in his tenth year as executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island has discovered that RWU Law’s MSL program is enhancing his performance in new and often unexpected ways.

  • Derek Tevyaw

    ‘Such a Different Outlook…’

    Derek Tevyaw

    Master of Studies in Law

    Though not a lawyer himself, Tevyaw's job requires that he know the law well. And RWU Law’s Master of Studies in Law program was precisely the tool he needed to take his work to the next level.

  • Headshot of Kirby Gordon

    A Passion for Good

    Kirby Gordon, RWU Class of 2018

    Juris Doctor

    For Kirby Gordan, the broad spectrum of RWU Law’s curriculum, experiential opportunities and alumni placements offer exactly the flexibility she sought. But it was the school’s 50-hour public service requirement – and its unique experiential guarantee that helps fulfill it – that turned her definitively toward public interest.

  • Headshot of Noah Kilroy

    Transcending Through Education

    Noah Kilroy, RWU Class of 2013

    Juris Doctor

    Noah Kilroy ’13 maintains a solo practice and is co-founder of Transcending Through Education Foundation (TTEF), which helps former convicts obtain higher education.

  • Headshot of Read Porter

    Marine Expertise

    Read Porter, Senior Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute & RI Sea Grant Legal Program

    Juris Doctor

    Read Porter is senior staff attorney with the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. Read directs the Sea Grant Law Fellow Program, an experiential education program in which RWU law students conduct legal research on behalf of outside organizations.

  • Headshot of Peter Kilmartin

    Rhode Island’s Top Lawyer

    Peter Kilmartin, RWU Class of 1998

    Juris Doctor

    As he enters his eighth and final year as Rhode Island’s attorney general, Peter F. Kilmartin ’98, B.A. ’88, can claim by several measures to be the school’s most prominent alumnus. But he claims there was never any master plan.

  • A headshot of Peter Margulies

    A Watchdog on Human Rights

    Peter Margulies, Professor of Law

    Juris Doctor

    As an expert in National Security Law, Professor Peter Margulies focuses on the delicate balance between liberty, equality and security in issues involving law, terrorism, immigration policy and other areas of central relevance in today’s volatile political climate.

  • Headshot of Maria Viveiros

    A Rising Star

    Maria Viveiros, RWU Class of 2017

    Juris Doctor

    Maria became the Associate Director of Compliance at UnitedHealthcare just over a year after she matriculated as a part-time student here in fall of 2013. Maria told me that RWU Law was the only place where she could pursue her career and educational goals at the same time.

  • Headshot of Katie Ahern

    Nonprofit Expertise

    Katie Ahern, Director of the Business Start-Up Clinic, Assistant Professor of Law

    Juris Doctor

    Katie Ahern ’07 leads RWU Law’s Business Start-up Clinic, which serves nonprofit and small business clients. Students in the clinic learn substantive business lawyering skills, work directly with clients, and interact with the Rhode Island nonprofit and small business 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.