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    A Woman of Firsts

    Nicole N. Yancy, RWU 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 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 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 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...

  • Rachel Feiden

    Following Her Instinct

    Rachel Feiden, RWU Class of 2019

    Juris Doctor

    Rachel Feiden ’19 was sitting in a business law class in high school when she first realized that she wanted to be lawyer. “I was totally enthralled by [the idea],” Feiden recalls. However, that was...

  • Ben Gold

    Lawyer Stories

    Ben Gold, RWU Class of 2006

    Juris Doctor

    While not a Millennial himself, Ben Gold '06 has had ample opportunity to study lawyers in that category. After receiving his J.D., Gold worked in the legal departments of two city housing authorities -- in...

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    On Becoming a Storyteller

    Brenda Reyes, RWU Class of 2020

    Juris Doctor

    Born and raised in the Dominican Republic before coming to the United States as a teenager, Brenda Reyes has her professional sights set on Immigration Law – and to a significant degree, it’s personal. “As...

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    Title IX in a Time of Uncertainty

    Amanda Walsh, RWU Class of 2011

    Juris Doctor

    In November 2019, when a national array of experts converged at Roger Williams University School of Law to discuss Title IX and the adjudication of sexual misconduct on campus, one of the most authoritative voices...

  • Nicole Verdi

    Deputy Chief of Staff

    Nicole Verdi, RWU Class of 2014

    Juris Doctor

    Nicole Verdi ’14 has always been a service-minded lawyer. Even so, her rise in the field has been remarkable -- and never more visibly so than last summer, when Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo...

  • Braxton Medlin

    Leaps of Faith

    Braxton Medlin, RWU Class of 2019

    Juris Doctor

    Braxton Medlin ’19 has a history of getting outside his comfort zone. In 2017, the lifelong North Carolina resident took a chance and moved to Rhode Island – a place where he knew no one...

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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.