Commencing Fall 2012, Roger Williams University offers a joint JD + Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree, advancing the university’s position as a leader in historic preservation education with Boston University, the University of Georgia and the University of Pennsylvania as the only other institutions in the country that offer a similar programs; benefitting from collaboration with the Roger Williams School of Law, the only law school in Rhode Island. The program was proposed and developed by a team of faculty from the School of Law and the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation led by Jeremy Wells, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation, along with Philip Marshall, Professor of Historic Preservation, Bruce Kogan, J.D., Professor of Law and Diana Hassal, J.D. Professor of Law.
The J.D./M.S. in Historic Preservation program provides students the opportunity to explore cross-disciplinary studies in law and historic preservation that will encourage new ideas in the promotion of justice and the rule of law within the context of the historic environment. The program provides the education necessary for an expanding number of professionals seeking this career specialization. Service to the community is an integral part of the J.D./M.S. in Historic Preservation program, as is engagement of global perspectives in heritage conservation, justice and the rule of law. Students also benefit from extensive opportunities and opportunities to interact with professionals and academics from outside the university in an effort to broadly and objectively explore alternate perspectives.