Federal Student Loans

Most law students will access one of two types of student loan programs.  Students may borrow up to the cost of attendance as established by RWU Law.

  • The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan offers eligible graduate students up to $20,500 annually with a 1.057% origination fee, which is deducted from the loan at the time of disbursement.  The 2023-2024 Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan for graduate students has a fixed interest rate of 7.05%.  Students must submit a FAFSA to determine eligibility.
  • The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan covers expenses not covered by the Direct Unsubsidized Loan up to the full cost of attendance as established by RWU Law.  The Graduate PLUS loan has a 4.228% origination fee, which is deducted from the loan at the time of disbursement.  The 2023-2024 Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan has a fixed interest rate of 8.05%.

A satisfactory credit history is essential in order to participate in the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan program.  For more information about credit, please refer to our credit history page.

Students must be registered for a minimum of 6 credits per academic term in order to qualify for Federal Loans.

Close Course Type Descriptions

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.


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.


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


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.