Inheritance Laws of Rhode Island, Queston 7

7.    There are many Paralegal Studies programs offered in Rhode Island. There are only three colleges and universities that offer a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in Rhode Island.  However, Roger Williams University (RWU) offers the only Paralegal Studies programs in the state that are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). It received the ABA approval in 1998.

Address:  Roger Williams University • 150 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903


At RWU, one can earn a Bachelor of Science or Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies.  In addition, RWU offers two certificates in Paralegal Studies: Certificate in Paralegal Studies and Certificate in Nurse Paralegal.  A BA is the prerequisite for enrolling in the certificate program.

Tuition: It was obscenely difficult to find the tuition for the Paralegal Studies programs at Roger Williams University on the RWU website.  An online search at ( stated: “At Roger Williams, [annual (2014-15)] tuition costs $31,750, which is noticeably more expensive than other top tier private (not-for-profit) institutions in the country”. This is also higher than City Tech.  Per the RWU website, the certificate programs are designed to take one year to complete and the tuition is $9,982.

They do not offer an Estates, Trusts and Wills course.

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