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    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...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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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.