Second & Third Year Scholarships

Opportunities for scholarships don't end with the offer of admission. Our second and third year students are considered for a number of awards. Applicants are encouraged to contact such organizations directly for information. 

Visit the new AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank. Search over 800 scholarships and writing competitions all in one place. You may also want to register at one of the free online scholarship search sites such as, http://scholarships.com, and Additionally, many local bar associations, corporations, community groups and fraternal organizations offer scholarships and grants to law students.

Professor Esther Clark Endowed Scholarship

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Generously funded through a gift from Esther and John Clark, the Professor Esther Clark Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a rising second year student on the basis of outstanding academic performance.

Gary L. Bahr Memorial Scholarship

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The Gary L. Bahr Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of Professor Gary L. Bahr, a member of the founding faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law and the first Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who passed away July 7, 1999. Awarded annually, this endowed scholarship is given to a first year student. This scholarship recognizes the student who received the highest combined academic average in Contracts and Torts.

Law Alumni Association Scholarships

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In 2022, two $6,025 Law Alumni Association Scholarships will be awarded to two deserving law students who have completed their first year of study based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

 2022 Candidate Criteria and Application.

RIAJ's Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Endowed Scholarship

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Established in 1992, the RIAJ's Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Endowed Scholarship, funded with generous support from the Rhode Island Association for Justice, is awarded to a law student. Deserving recipients are selected based on their demonstrated interest in Trial or other Legal Advocacy courses and must be a student of high academic achievement.

Thurgood Marshall Memorial Scholarship

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The Thurgood Marshall Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who has completed his/her second-year curriculum and has demonstrated academic merit and financial need.

Michael P. McNulty Scholarship

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The Michael P. McNulty Scholarship has been established at Roger Williams University School of Law to honor Michael McNulty, who died suddenly just before the beginning of his 3L year. Michael was an enthusiastic law student and a friend and inspiration to his classmates and to most everyone he met. His kindness and his good will were infectious.

A Scholarship Committee will organize and administer the program. One $1,300 scholarship will be awarded to a third-year student and applied to his or her 2021/2022 tuition expenses. Here is the 2021 Eligibility and Criteria.

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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.