Law Schools in Rhode Island

Roger Williams University School of Law

Roger Williams University School of Law, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, was established in 1993. It is the only law school in Rhode Island and has quickly established itself as a respected institution. The School of Law is known for its strong emphasis on experiential learning, public interest law, and commitment to the community. RWU Law offers a comprehensive legal education, combining theoretical foundations with practical experience through its clinics, externships, and moot court competitions. The school’s location in scenic Bristol provides a unique and inspiring setting for legal studies, while also offering access to the legal market in nearby Providence.

U.S. News Ranking of the University

Ranked #147-192 nationally by U.S. News & World Report (2023).

Number of Students

Approximately 400 students are enrolled in the JD program.

Degrees Offered

  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Joint JD/Master of Marine Affairs (with University of Rhode Island)
  • Joint JD/Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Acceptance Rate

Approximately 60%.

Average LSAT Score

Median LSAT score is 150.

5 Famous Alumni and Who They Are

  1. David Cicilline – U.S. Representative from Rhode Island.
  2. Nellie Gorbea – Secretary of State of Rhode Island.
  3. Sabina Matos – Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island.
  4. Jack McConnell – U.S. District Judge for the District of Rhode Island.
  5. Ernest Almonte – Former Auditor General of Rhode Island.

Names of Top 5 Companies or Organizations That Hire the Most Graduates in Recent Years

  1. Rhode Island Supreme Court
  2. Hinckley Allen
  3. Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
  4. Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office
  5. U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

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