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    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.

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    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.

  • Headshot of Monique DiTullio

    Battling ‘Environmental Racism’

    Monique DiTullio, RWU Class of 2017

    Juris Doctor

    Whether in Flint or New Orleans, “environmental racism” refers to the placement of low-income or minority communities in proximity to environmentally hazardous or degraded environments, such as toxic waste, pollution and urban decay.

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    From Marriage Equality to Amazon

    Marek Bute, RWU Class of 2005

    Juris Doctor

    Marek P. Bute ’05 has a business law dream job as corporate counsel with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (“Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds,” he allows.) But his most stunning achievement to date may be his work representing a same-sex couple in the case of Sevcik v. Sandoval, which successfully overturned Nevada’s law against gay marriage – helping set the stage for Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned such bans nationally less than a year later.

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    Queen of Taxation

    Elizabeth Colagiovanni, RWU Class of 2010

    Juris Doctor

    Elizabeth Colagiovanni ’10 is a senior associate in International Tax at Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. Ltd. Certified Public Accountants, Providence. Colagiovanni loves the complexity of international tax treaties and foreign law.

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    Navigating the Maze

    David Holley, RWU Class of 1999

    Juris Doctor

    To David M. Holley ’99, managing director of Boston-based Berkeley Research Group, a global consulting firm, there’s a mounting body of evidence that compliance officers now have bull’s-eyes on their backs.

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    Pushing Back on Mass Incarceration

    Judge Judith Colenback Savage, Distinguished Jurist in Residence

    Juris Doctor

    Judge Judith Colenback Savage joined Roger Williams University School of Law in 2014 as Distinguished Jurist in Residence. In 2015, she hosted a major symposium on mass incarceration that helped lead to significant changes in state law. She also advises students on their careers and assists them with legal research and writing.

  • Headshot of Judge Edward Clifton

    Minority Underrepresentation

    Judge Edward Clifton, Distinguished Jurist in Residence

    Juris Doctor

    Judge Edward C. Clifton joined the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law, in part to collaborate with students on research regarding racial and ethnic fairness in the courts.

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    Adding Depth

    Katie Mulvaney

    Master of Studies in Law

    Seasoned newspaper reporter Katie Mulvaney decided to take her legal-beat knowledge to the next level by entering RWU Law’s Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program. Here, Mulvaney talks about her decision.

  • Headshot of Nicole Rohr

    Saving the Bay

    Nicole Rohr, RWU Class of 2019

    Juris Doctor

    Nicole Rohr should teach a master class in time management. In addition to her busy life as a law student, the 3L holds a full-time position as assistant director of the Coastal Institute in Narragansett, R.I., while also serving as chair of the Rhode Island Environmental Monitoring Collaborative, and as science advisor to the Napatree Conservation Area in Watch Hill, R.I.

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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.