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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 2018

    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.

  • Headshot of Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez

    Making an Impact

    Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez, RWU Class of 2015

    Juris Doctor

    As a staff attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez ’15 orally presents on cases to three-member circuit judge panels, recommending a disposition, answering the judges’ legal and...

  • Headshot of Chad Edgar

    Keeping ’Em Honest

    Chad Edgar, RWU Class of 2004

    Juris Doctor

    Charles “Chad” Edgar ’04 is making serious headway in the DOJ’s battle to stop identity-theft tax-refund fraud by improving enforcement and prosecution. The former U.S. Army JAG officer now prosecutes tax crimes for the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Headshot of Brook Ashley

    Defending the Defenseless

    Brook Ashley, RWU Class of 2008

    Juris Doctor

    Brook Ashley ’08 has dedicated her professional life to ending violence against women. This February, she launched a new program designed to expand access to legal services for domestic violence victims who can’t afford lawyers. It’s called Partners Overcoming Domestic Violence.

  • Headshot of Alyssa Boss

    Health Law Leader

    Alyssa Boss, RWU Class of 1997

    Juris Doctor

    Alyssa Boss ’97 graduated with RWU Law’s second law school class and she hasn’t stopped learning since. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Care New England Health System (CNE), Boss finds challenges every day on the job in keeping up with changes in health law. “It’s just rapidly evolving,” she says. “Regulations are changing all the time.”

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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.