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  • Monique Kuester

    'Something New and Different ...'

    Monique Kuester

    Master of Studies in Law

    When lifelong Iowan Monique Kuester suddenly found herself starting over in New England – her husband had relocated the family to Rhode Island for his work – she decided it was time to “freshen up”...

  • John Marion

    “Exactly What I Needed …’

    John Marion

    Master of Studies in Law

    Now in his tenth year as executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island has discovered that RWU Law’s MSL program is enhancing his performance in new and often unexpected ways.

  • Derek Tevyaw

    ‘Such a Different Outlook…’

    Derek Tevyaw

    Master of Studies in Law

    Though not a lawyer himself, Tevyaw's job requires that he know the law well. And RWU Law’s Master of Studies in Law program was precisely the tool he needed to take his work to the next level.

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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.

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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.

Elective

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.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

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.