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Roger Williams University School of Law

A Roger Williams legal education is not a passive experience. It's an ongoing discussion, an energetic debate, a journey of continuous interaction with a dynamic student body, an engaged and dedicated faculty and staff, and a supportive array of practicing judges and lawyers from across the region - all engaged in a vital journey of discovery in the law. You will receive a rigorous education, but in a supportive environment. Our students bring a remarkable breadth and depth of experience to the classroom. They've included doctors, archeologists, teachers, engineers, Wall Street bankers, Capitol Hill staffers, journalists, lobbyists, police officers, documentary filmmakers, environmental activists, Fulbright Fellows, Peace Corps volunteers, marine researchers and military officers, among many other career backgrounds.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 506
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 147 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.96 - 3.57
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 75.0%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 72.37%
Tuition $40,930

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About Roger Williams University School of Law

A Roger Williams legal education is not a passive experience. It's an ongoing discussion, an energetic debate, a journey of continuous interaction with a dynamic student body, an engaged and dedicated faculty and staff, and a supportive array of practicing judges and lawyers from across the region - all engaged in a vital journey of discovery in the law. You will receive a rigorous education, but in a supportive environment. Our students bring a remarkable breadth and depth of experience to the classroom. They've included doctors, archeologists, teachers, engineers, Wall Street bankers, Capitol Hill staffers, journalists, lobbyists, police officers, documentary filmmakers, environmental activists, Fulbright Fellows, Peace Corps volunteers, marine researchers and military officers, among many other career backgrounds.

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Learning at Roger Williams University School of Law is not only academic, but also experiential. “Through initiatives like the Pro Bono Collaborative, which links law stu­dents with area practitioners to work on pro bono projects, the school is always working to integrate itself into the fabric of the RI legal community.” The Office of Career Services sets up mock interviews with local attorneys to help students prepare for real interviews. They also regularly run “resume writing events, career fairs, and networking events.” “The Feinstein Institute for Legal Service is an integral part of the school. Many students obtain excellent public interest internships and externships through this office.” Students have “clerkships with judges,” as well as “access to the federal system.” The school makes certain that “we not only know the law, but we know how to apply it outside the academic realm.” Roger Williams also offers an honors program, comprised of seminars, clinics, and international training for those who qualify. There are summer programs in London, England; Tianjin, China; and Buenos Aires, Argentina and “great human rights–based courses.” Other strengths of RW are its public interest and pro bono programs, as well as a full maritime program. There are also criminal defense, immigration, and mediation clinics, which help students by providing “valuable, practical experience.”At RWU, most students agree there are “more than a few shining stars” within the faculty, offering “great insight and wisdom.” One student says the professors “really have made a difference in my life.” This probably arises from the fact that most profes­sors have either practiced law seriously before holding their current positions or are simultaneously working within the Rhode Island legal system. “I have had the excellent opportunity to take classes with five judges in all different levels of the judiciary.” Professors have “great practical stories to add to class” and feel they “are also here to mentor.” Students who mentioned the dean spoke highly of him, one suggesting he “knows every student personally.” Not only are the dean and professors accessible, but so is the entirety of the Rhode Island legal system. The school has “excellent connections with the local bar,” and one student boasts, “I’ve already met both senators, the first circuit court of appeals judges, one congressman, and a RI Supreme Court judge in a semester and a half.” Another rhetorically asks, “How many law schools have a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hear arguments in your mock court room.” The connections between students, faculty, and the real-world of law are many and fortuitous. This may be because Roger Williams is the only law school in the small state of Rhode Island. Those students who wish to practice there after graduation are pleased with these con­nections, one claiming there’s “a plethora of academic, clinical, and law firm opportuni­ties.” Some who wish to live and work elsewhere after their time at RW feel differently. Alternately, one student mentions that there’s a “wide network of contacts and alumni working all across the nation.”As for the school itself, “Classrooms are always being updated,” and “The school feels comfortable, but professional.” There are some administrative “hiccups” and scheduling concerns, but overall, the students seem pleased. Students did express concern for the school’s ranking; however, one suggested RWU was “quietly becoming a great institution.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 174

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MMA Masters Marine Affairs - 3 1/2 years; JD/MS Masters of Science in Labor Relations & Human Resources - 4 years; JD/MSCJ Masters of Criminal Justice - 3 1/2 years. JD/MS Historic Preservation - 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 57
Full-Time Faculty 21
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 31
Faculty Gender 70% Male
29% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 19 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 48% Male
52% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 73%
Multi-racial 2%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $40,930 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,422 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $57,352 $40,930

Financial Aid

95% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$58,315 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

Roger Williams University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 147 - 156
LSAT Total 147 - 156

Roger Williams University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.96 - 3.57
Total 2.96 - 3.57

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 75%
First Time Pass Rate 75%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 15
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 72%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 41 31%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Business Industry 23 18%
Government 15 11%
Public Interest 12 9%
State Clerkship 20 15%
Academia 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 31 17%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CT 4%
MA 20%
RI 53%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Roger Williams University School of Law include:

  • William Flanagan - Mayor, Fall River, MA
  • Betty Ann Waters - Subject of movie "Conviction"
  • Lucy Holmes Plovnick - Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, Washington DC
  • Peter Kilmartin - RI Attorney General, Providence, RI
  • Eugene Bernardo - Partner, Partridge Snow Hahn LLP, Providence, RI

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