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    Robust Momentum

    David Gibbs, Director of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship

    Juris Doctor

    David H. Gibbs, an experienced corporate lawyer and legal educator, has been named the new Director of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship Program. He brings with him both extensive practice experience and experience teaching at two law schools.

  • Headshot of Elizabeth Tylawsky

    Finding True Value

    Elizabeth Tylawsky, RWU Class of 2008

    Juris Doctor

    Liz Tylawsky has now officially risen to the top in two very different, very demanding fields: she’s a successful taxation and business valuation expert with Meyers, Harrison & Pia, LLC, in New Haven, Conn., specializing in “high-net-worth marital dissolution cases” – and she has been crowned World Champion at the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show.

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    Never Too Late

    Stephanie Diorio, RWU Class of 2019

    Juris Doctor

    As a career paralegal, Stephanie Diorio arrived at RWU Law armed with a solid grasp of the law.

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    Doctor of Law

    Curtis T. Haynes, RWU Class of 2019

    Juris Doctor

    Three years ago, Curtis T. Haynes was attending class, much as he does now – but in a very different setting, wearing a lab coat at the renowned Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

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    Legal Washington

    Diana Hassel, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

    Juris Doctor

    Professor Diana Hassel regularly leads a group of students to experience “legal Washington,” which features attendance at a Supreme Court argument, a session with Associate Justice Samuel Alito and his law clerks, a visit to the Department of Justice, and a session with United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. She has also taught in our summer program in London.

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    Trust the System

    David E. Coombs, Visiting Professor of Law

    Juris Doctor

    As Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s lead trial attorney, RWU Law Professor David E. Coombs kept telling his client: Trust the system, trust the system. Today, Coombs is the Chief Justice Weisberger Visiting Professor of Law at the Roger Williams University School of Law. And as he sat in his office, retracing his path from Boise to Bristol, he was asked if he ever regrets taking on a sprawling, emotionally draining case that spanned more than two years, encompassed more than 532,000 pages of discovery and concluded with an eight-week trial.

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    Giving Back

    Matt Plain, RWU Class of 2005

    Juris Doctor

    East Greenwich native Matt Plain ’05 graduated from RWU Law fifth in his class and passed the bar exam for Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

  • Headshot of Adrienne Serbaroli

    Confronting the Enemy Within

    Adrienne Serbaroli, RWU Class of 2007

    Juris Doctor

    It’s never easy taking a sexual assault case to court, but for a young woman or man in the Marines, it’s harder still. “It’s a terrible, awful experience to have to go through,” said Adrienne Serbaroli ’07, a captain and judge advocate in the Marine Corps. “It’s traumatic."

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    Instilling Confidence

    Stephen Lapatin, RWU Class of 2020

    Juris Doctor

    Ask Stephen Lapatin about himself and he’ll instinctively shrug that he’s just a normal guy. A native of Cranston, R.I., the son of a veteran Providence cop, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Steve is content to maintain an unassuming persona for all those who ask.

  • A headshot of Xay Khamsyvoravong

    Finding the Balance

    Xay Khamsyvoravong, RWU Class of 2020

    Juris Doctor

    Xaykham (Xay) Khamsyvoravong decided to pursue his J.D. at RWU Law because, along with a quality legal education, it enables him to maintain a dual commitment to his career and his community, sacrificing neither.

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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.