Johnson & Wales University Announces Articulation Agreement with Roger Williams University School of Law

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Johnson & Wales University (JWU) has signed an articulation agreement with Roger Williams University School of Law (RWU Law) that provides a pathway for JWU students to complete undergraduate and law studies in six years. The “3 + 3” program becomes the first agreement of its kind between a Rhode Island university and RWU Law.

JWU students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program, who meet specific criteria, will be able to apply for admission to RWU Law’s Juris Doctor (J.D.) program during their third year of studies. Those accepted will earn their JWU degree by successfully completing first-year classes at RWU Law. In addition, those students will save one year’s tuition by completing their studies in six, rather than seven, years.

“The university is pleased to provide this opportunity to exceptional JWU students who see law school as instrumental to their future professional success,” said Angela Renaud, Ed.D., dean of the College of Arts & Sciences  “With an accelerated path toward this goal, it is in keeping with JWU’s spirit of combining robust academics with a pragmatic, professional approach to education.”

“We are very excited about this partnership with Johnson & Wales,” added Michael J. Yelnosky, Dean of RWU Law.  “It was a pleasure to work with the JWU team because our institutions share an innovative ethos and a commitment to controlling the spiraling cost to students of higher education. We look forward to having talented graduates of JWU obtain their law degrees at RWU Law while saving a year’s worth of tuition and living expenses.”

JWU Liberal Studies majors acquire knowledge and experience in cultural studies, history, philosophy, the behavioral sciences, math, and science. Students are required to specialize in either general business or project management minors. Liberal Studies is one of six majors offered in the College of Arts & Sciences at JWU.

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality, physician assistant studies, engineering and design. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 119 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit

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