Marine Law

Sea Grant Law Fellows  |  Marine Affairs Joint Degree  |  Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship  |  Curriculum

Julia Wyman
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The Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program is one of four Sea Grant Legal Programs in the nation, and the only one in New England. Housed at the Marine Affairs Institute at the Roger Williams University School of Law since 2003, the program is a national clearinghouse for marine law and policy. The program’s mission is to educate and prepare exceptional marine law professionals and host expert marine law and policy practitioners by:

  • Offering rigorous and diverse maritime and marine law courses.
  • Providing full extracurricular opportunities to develop excellent research, writing and advocacy skills.
  • Convening local, regional, national and international experts in a neutral forum to address relevant maritime and marine law issues.
  • Leveraging unique institutional strengths and interdisciplinary approaches of our partners, Rhode Island Sea Grant, Roger Williams University School of Law, and the University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs.

Sea Grant Law Fellows
The Rhode Island Sea Grant Program sponsors law students as Sea Grant Law Fellows to research and write on ocean and coastal law issues including the resolution of marine resource management and conservation issues.

Established in October 2003, the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program located at the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law is one of only four Sea Grant legal and policy efforts in the nation.  The Program assists Rhode Island Sea Grant in meeting its three core components of outreach services, education and legal research by responding to research requests from state and regional agencies and other Sea Grant constituents on coastal zone management, fisheries, public access, aquaculture, ports and harbors and other areas of marine law.  The Program is prohibited from providing legal advice or becoming involved in litigation.

The information provided by the Program’s students and attorneys is intended for informational purposes only.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Marine Affairs Institute.

Marine Affairs Joint Degree Program

Students interested in more extensive study of marine law and policy may simultaneously earn a law degree from RWU and a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 3.5 years through sharing of selected credits. Joint degree students enhance their legal education with additional courses at URI on economic, international and policy considerations, positioning them well to address today’s complex maritime, ocean and coastal legal issues.


Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant’s founders, former NOAA Administrator and Dean of URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship.

For more information on stipend/expenses and how to apply please visit that National Sea Grant website.

Courses are taught by law professors as well as by expert practitioners, and include:

  • Admiralty Law
  • Marine Insurance
  • Administrative Law
  • Marine Pollution
  • Climate Change Law
  • Marine Salvage
  • Environmental Law
  • Maritime Security Law
  • Fisheries Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Ocean Management and Policy