Roger Williams University School of Law

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Roger Williams University School of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island.jpg
MottoMagna est veritas
Established1993
School typePrivate
EndowmentUS$114.6 million[1]
DeanMichael Yelnosky
LocationBristol, Rhode Island, United States
41°39′03″N 71°15′43″W / 41.650957°N 71.261834°W / 41.650957; -71.261834Coordinates: 41°39′03″N 71°15′43″W / 41.650957°N 71.261834°W / 41.650957; -71.261834
Enrollment370[2]
Faculty73[3][4]
USNWR rankingTier 4[5]
Bar pass rate71%[2]
Websitelaw.rwu.edu
ABA profileRoger Williams Profile
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Roger Williams University School of Law is the law school of Roger Williams University, a private university in Bristol, Rhode Island. It is the only law school in the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, it was the first graduate degree program established by the university, then Roger Williams College, in 1993. The School of Law has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1997 and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 2006.

According to Roger Williams's official 2014 ABA-required disclosures, 46.2% of the Class of 2014 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.[6]

Enrollment and facilities[edit]

The school enrolls approximately 370 students and has a student to faculty ratio of around 13:1; the law library contains approximately 280,000 volumes.[7]

Academics[edit]

The school's philosophy is that lawyers should serve the communities that support them. Introducing students to volunteerism and public service as part of their legal education, they believe, sets the stage for a lifetime of commitment. Students are required to complete at least 50 hours of pro bono legal work before graduation.

Roger Williams University School of Law offers two degrees: the standard American law school professional degree, Juris Doctor (JD),[8] as well as a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree.[9] In addition, Roger Williams University offers numerous joint degree programs; the JD/Master of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare graduates to formulate system policy and serve effectively as administrators to United States justice system agencies. The School of Law offers two joint-degree programs in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island: a JD/Master of Marine Affairs program is geared toward students interested in maritime, admiralty, and environmental law, and the joint JD/Master of Science in Labor Relations and Human Resources program is designed for students interested in issues relating to employment and labor relations. In addition the School of Law offers a JD/Masters of Science in Historical Preservation and a JD/Masters of Science in Cyber Security (to be introduced Fall 2016).[10]

Employment[edit]

According to Roger Williams's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 46.2% of the Class of 2014 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.[6] Roger Williams's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 24.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2015 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[11]

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Roger Williams for the 2018-2019 academic year is $35,735;[12] the Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $107,205.[11]

Scholarships of half to full tuition are awarded to students selected for the Honors Program; the Admissions Committee selects students, evaluating them on their academic records, LSAT scores, and recommendations.

Clinics and student organizations[edit]

The Marine Affairs Institute explores the legal, economic, and policy issues raised by the development of the oceans and coastal zone. Students take elective courses in traditional admiralty law and practice, pollution and environmental regulation, coastal zoning, fisheries, and the international law of the sea; the Honors Program is a three-year program of seminars, clinics, and externships. The School of Law operates a Criminal Defense Clinic, an Immigration Clinic, and the Business Start-Up Clinic in Providence. Students may also engage in a semester-long supervised clerkship in a judge's chambers or in a public interest or governmental law office for academic credit; the multicultural mentor program pairs students of color with members of the bench and bar.

Other student organizations include The Association for Public Interest Law, Maritime Law Society, Women's Law Association, the Alliance (LGBT), and the Multicultural Law Student Association.

Ralph Papitto controversy[edit]

In July 2007 the school made national headlines in the wake of a racist statement made by University trustee Ralph Papitto, for whom the law school was then named, at a Roger Williams board meeting.[13][14] After students protested and submitted a petition to the administration, on July 18, 2007, Papitto requested that his name be removed from the school.[15][16] Papitto resigned as Chairman from the board and was granted the title "Chairman Emeritus",[17] he was succeeded as Chairman by Richard Bready,[18] the CEO of Nortek Inc.,[17] the company Papitto founded.[19]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Law School Endowments 2008". Law School Almanac. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Roger Williams University - School of Law". The Princeton Review. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Adjunct Faculty". Roger Williams University School of Law. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Faculty". Roger Williams University School of Law. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Best Law Schools". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Employment Outcomes" (PDF). Roger Williams University School of Law. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "Student Demographics" (PDF). Roger Williams University School of Law. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Juris Doctor (JD) Curricular Tracks". Roger Williams University School of Law. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Master of Studies in Law Degree (MSL)". Roger Williams University School of Law. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Joint Degree Programs". Roger Williams University School of Law. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Roger Williams University Profile". Roger Williams University School of Law. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "Tuition and Fees". Roger Williams University School of Law. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "University benefactor and board chairman uses N-word". CNN. Associated Press. July 16, 2007. Archived from the original on August 11, 2007. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  14. ^ Jordan, Jennifer D. (July 14, 2007). "RWU Chairman Papitto Assailed over Racial Epithet". Providence Journal. Archived from the original on July 18, 2007. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  15. ^ Jaschik, Scott (July 19, 2007). "Law School Will Lose Name of Donor Who Used Slur". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  16. ^ Lattman, Peter (July 25, 2007). "For a Litigator on a Streak, There's a Science to Winning". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  17. ^ a b PBN Staff (July 10, 2007). "Nortek CEO Succeeds Papitto as RWU chairman". Providence Business News. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Smith, Michelle R. (July 18, 2007). "Take My Name Off Law School, Donor Says". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  19. ^ "Ralph R. Papitto: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved July 12, 2018.

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