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  • Antonio Viana

    'You Have to Adapt to Survive'

    Antonio Massa Viana, RWU Law Class of 2014

    Juris Doctor

    Boston attorney Antonio Massa Viana ’14 made headlines soon after passing the Massachusetts bar exam, when he became the first known unauthorized immigrant to earn a law license. In 2016, after securing a green card...

  • doris adesuyi

    Coming Full Circle

    Doris Adesuyi, RWU Law Class of 2020

    Juris Doctor

    When Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee tasked an array of policy subgroups with planning the state’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic, one of them – focused on small business – was co-facilitated by Doris Adesuyi...

  • dasha brockmeyer

    Finding the Perfect Niche

    Dasha Brockmeyer, RWU Law Class of 2007

    Juris Doctor

    Dasha G. Brockmeyer ’07 reached a career milestone this spring when she was elected partner at the 400-plus-attorney firm of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, practicing mainly in the field of employee benefit law...

  • picard_360

    The Importance of Empathy

    Madison Picard, RWU Law Class of 2022

    Juris Doctor

    Last May, in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, 2L Madison Picard received some welcome good news: the Massachusetts Bar Foundation had awarded her a generous Legal Intern Fellowship to fund a summer internship she’d...

  • Amanda Nagim-Williams

    Leading With Equity

    Amanda Nagim-Williams, RWU Law Class of 2021

    Juris Doctor

    When she graduates this May, 3L Amanda Nagim-Williams will set her career in motion with a powerful start – clerking for history-making New Jersey Superior Court Judge Sheila A. Venable, who was appointed earlier this...

  • negron-falcon

    A Sense of Belonging

    Shahily Negron-Falcon, RWU Law Class of 2021

    Juris Doctor

    RWU Law 3L Shahily (“Shay”) Negron-Falcon has been awarded a 2020 Dominican Bar Association (DBA) Scholarship

  • nicole yancy

    A Woman of Firsts

    Nicole N. Yancy, RWU Law Class of 2018

    Juris Doctor

    Nicole Yancy ’18 is a woman of firsts. Immediately upon completing her J.D., she became RWU Law's first graduate to obtain a judicial clerkship with the Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court in Boston. Earlier...

  • Keith A. Cardoza, Jr.

    Workers' Compensation Judge

    The Honorable Keith A. Cardoza, Jr., RWU Law Class of 2010

    Juris Doctor

    “I am an Associate Judge on the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court. I preside over cases between employees and employers regarding all aspects of injuries allegedly sustained while working and any medical treatment which stems...

  • James Bagley

    Social Security Law, Comedy and Jiu-Jitsu

    James Bagley, RWU Law Class of 2012

    Juris Doctor

    “I'm an Associate Attorney at Audette, Cordeiro and Violette in Providence. I have a passion for Social Security work. It seems to me like my clients have won the world's worst lottery. I find it...

  • Nicole Day

    Is It Time for Inclusion in the U.S. Constitution?

    Nicole Day, RWU Law Class of 2021

    Juris Doctor

    Recent years have seen much passionate debate over the introduction of gender-preference and gender-neutral (they, them, theirs) pronouns in public life, as alternatives to the “he” and “she” traditionally used in offices, schools and institutions...

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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.