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Posted by David Zlotnick
04/27/2015 at 03:29 PM
RWU Law’s D.C. Semester-in-Practice Program provides an ideal opportunity for RWU Law students who are considering working in Washington D.C. after graduation to explore and plan for their future – by offering an entire semester spent earning on-the-job academic credits. The program immerses students in one of the most exciting, diversified and still-growing legal markets in the world. They earn academic credit while training full-time in a government, non-profit or trade-association setting. The students themselves are the program’s biggest fans. “I have thoroughly enjoyed...
Posted by Andy Horwitz
04/21/2015 at 04:40 PM
I joined the faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law just over 20 years ago because I saw that the school was dedicated to a very special mission.  The law school’s founders understood then what so many other schools have started to see now: that experiential education is a fundamental and critical part of a law school education.  Understanding the law is, of course, the foundation upon which all else is built.  But unless and until one has started to put that foundational education into practice, one has hardly begun the transition to becoming an effective lawyer....
Posted by Dennis Esposito
04/14/2015 at 02:23 PM
As I sit here in sunny Mexico, I ask myself: Why do I go back?  Here’s why: I am reflecting upon my longstanding relationship with the Marine Affairs Institute...  Seventeen years and counting.   It was 1998 when I taught my first adjunct course, “Environmental Law Survey,” and met Matt Harrington, then the only other faculty member at RWU Law who had any interest or experience in Maritime or Environmental Law. A year earlier, Professor Anthony Santoro, the School's first Dean, had gently asked us and a few others to see if it would be feasible to create a legal program that...
Posted by Niki Kuckes
04/07/2015 at 03:51 PM
Forty years ago, one in ten civil cases in federal court was resolved at trial.  Today, that number is closer to one in 100.  The “vanishing trial” has been lamented by academics, trial lawyers and judges alike.  One consequence of this trend is the diminishing opportunity for citizens to participate in the judicial process through jury service, an important value in American democracy.  But another, less noted, result of the vanishing trial is the lack of opportunities for newer lawyers to become real “trial lawyers,” with hands-on experience in such skills as how to...