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University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law


1201 McMath Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72202-5142
Phone: 501.324.9903; Fax: 501.324.9909
E-mail: lawadm@ualr.edu; Website: www.ualr.edu/law

About the UALR Bowen School of Law

The William H. Bowen School of Law is located in the heart of Little Rock, within a five-minute drive of state and federal courts as well as some of Arkansas's largest law firms and corporations. Established in 1975, the law school is fully accredited by the ABA and is a member of the AALS. In addition to being the seat of state government, Little Rock is Arkansas's legal, business, and financial center. The city's vibrant legal community affords students and alumni many professional opportunities.

Admission

Bowen seeks to enroll approximately 150 students each year. The law school takes a holistic approach to admission, as the Admissions Committee assesses a wide array of applicant factors. The law school values inclusion and is committed to enrolling students of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds. The application deadline is April 15, though candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by January 15. First-year students are admitted for the fall semester only.

Bowen hosts prospective students throughout the year. In addition to attending scheduled events, prospective students may contact the Admissions Office for individual tours, class visits, and meetings with faculty members and current students.

Juris Doctor Curriculum

The Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum seeks to provide students with a strong foundation in core areas of legal study, while providing a diverse selection of electives that embody Bowen's core values of professionalism, public service, and access to justice. Bowen offers one of the best student-to-faculty ratios in the country as well as applied skills courses such as law skills, moot court, legal clinics (litigation, tax, and mediation), and externships. For students who desire to open their own law practice upon graduation, Bowen offers courses and access to resources that support solo practice, such as the Law Office Management course and Solo Practice University®.

To receive the JD, students must complete 90 credit hours, including 44 hours of required courses. Courses are prescribed during the first year of full-time study (or the first two years of part-time study). After that, most of the curriculum is elective, allowing students to explore their interests in many areas of law. Course descriptions and further information about Bowen's curriculum can be found at ualr.edu/law/academics/curriculum/.

Concurrent Degrees

Bowen allows students to pursue law degrees while concurrently pursuing master's degrees in business administration (JD/MBA), public administration (JD/MPA), public health (JD/MPH), public service (JD/MPS), and taxation (JD/MST). Concurrent degrees in law and medicine (JD/MD) and law and pharmacy (JD/PharmD) are also offered. In order to be eligible for one of the concurrent-degree programs, students must be offered admission into both the law school and the school offering the other desired degree.

Enrollment Divisions

Bowen offers both full-time and part-time divisions. Full-time study generally takes three years to complete. Part-time study is generally completed in four years. In both divisions, study may be accelerated by attending summer school.

The environment for full-time students is one of a traditional "academy," where students spend significant portions of their days on campus engaging in various curricular and extracurricular activities.

Bowen is one of the few law schools in the country that is statutorily mandated to offer a part-time division. The division attracts many successful professionals, including state legislators and business executives.

Faculty

The faculty is made up of an outstanding group of scholars, practitioners, and teachers. Full-time professors teach virtually all required courses in both the full-time and part-time divisions. Experienced adjunct professors teach upper-level courses in their areas of specialty. The quality and accessibility of professors are often cited by Bowen students as "favorite things" about the school.

Academic Support

Bowen provides a comprehensive academic support program. This support begins prior to the first class during the week-long orientation program. Once classes begin, the principles taught in orientation are reinforced through a series of relevant workshops and seminars. The assistant dean for academic support also provides advising services to all students, helping them develop study plans, choose courses, and prepare for exams. Finally, Bowen helps ease the transition from law student to lawyer by offering an in-house bar exam prep course.

Clinical Programs

Bowen has three legal clinics that help students bridge the gap between theory learned in the classroom and practice. Through their clinic work, students practice law under the supervision of a faculty member, while at the same time helping to fill unmet legal needs in the community.

Litigation Clinic: Students represent clients involved in many types of cases within the broad areas of juvenile delinquency and family law. Qualified students receive special licenses to practice law in Arkansas.

Mediation Clinic: Students gain valuable experience in the rapidly expanding area of alternative dispute resolution. After extensive training, clinic students act as mediators in disputes relating to child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, custody and visitation, special education, and small claims.

Tax Clinic: Students represent taxpayers involved in disputes with the IRS. Clinic students gain litigation and negotiation experience while acquiring significant knowledge of tax law.

Externships

The Public Service Externship provides students with another opportunity to gain hands-on experience and make significant professional contacts. Externships consist of field placements in government agencies, nonprofit legal services organizations, judiciary offices, and the Arkansas Legislature. Externship students earn academic credit for their participation.

Facilities and Library

Bowen is housed in a historic building originally constructed in the 1930s to house the state's medical school. The spacious facility contains over 150,000 square feet and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The six-story structure has modern classrooms and courtrooms. A renovation was completed recently to install smart technology in the classrooms and courtrooms and wireless Internet throughout the building. The lecture-capture system allows professors to record lectures (video and audio) and make them available to students via the web.

Wrapped around a four-story atrium, the library seats over 300 and houses two computer labs. The library is open seven days a week, and librarians are available on weekdays and Saturdays.

Cost and Financial Aid

With full-time resident tuition around $12,000, Bowen is an exceptional value. In addition, most nonresident students at Bowen earn scholarships that lower their tuition to no more than the resident rate. The law school participates in the Federal Stafford Loan Program, the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Program, and the Federal Work-Study Program, as well as major private loan programs.

Scholarships

The Bowen School of Law automatically considers all admitted applicants for three scholarships.

Bowen scholarships cover full tuition and fees for up to 90 credit hours. Recipients have exceptional academic credentials, strong LSAT scores, and demonstrated leadership qualities.

Merit scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $21,000. These scholarships are awarded based on an array of factors, including academic achievement, LSAT scores, diversity, and quality of application materials. Personal statements are critical to the selection of merit scholarship recipients.

Nonresident scholarships are awarded in an amount that equals the out-of-state fees required to attend Bowen. All nonresident students are eligible for these scholarships.

Bowen Fellowship Program

Applicants who submit all required materials by January 1 and meet the criteria listed below may be considered for a Bowen Fellowship. Bowen Fellows receive a scholarship of up to full tuition and are given first choice of faculty research assistantships. In addition to the earlier application deadline, Bowen Fellowship applicants must have

Student Life

The relatively small student body at Bowen lends itself to a supportive and engaging community. On the curricular side, the UALR Law Review and the Moot Court Board are highly sought-after activities. Extracurricular organizations include the ABA, ACLU, Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Lambda, Christian Legal Society, Hispanic Law Students Association, International Law Society, Part-Time Students Association, Student Animal Defense Fund, and Student Bar Association.

Applicant Profile

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law

This grid includes only applicants who earned 120–180 LSAT scores under standard administrations.

  GPA    
LSAT
Score
3.75+
Apps
3.75+
Adm
3.50–
3.74 Apps
3.50–
3.74 Adm
3.25–
3.49 Apps
3.25–
3.49 Adm
3.00–
3.24 Apps
3.00–
3.24 Adm
2.75–
2.99 Apps
2.75–
2.99 Adm
2.50–
2.74 Apps
2.50–
2.74 Adm
2.25–
2.49 Apps
2.25–
2.49 Adm
2.00–
2.24 Apps
2.00–
2.24 Adm
Below 2.00
Apps
Below 2.00
Adm
No GPA
Apps
No GPA
Adm
Total
Apps
Total
Adm
175–180 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
170–174 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5
165–169 5 5 5 5 0 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 20 19
160–164 12 12 14 11 8 6 9 7 6 5 7 7 5 3 2 1 0 0 3 3 66 55
155–159 35 32 48 42 43 39 38 32 28 23 17 11 15 6 6 2 3 0 6 4 239 191
150–154 30 21 49 27 89 42 84 25 53 17 38 12 30 6 13 0 3 0 9 1 398 151
145–149 17 9 56 20 55 7 66 12 54 0 42 0 19 0 11 0 3 0 6 0 329 48
140–144 3 0 23 0 38 0 51 0 51 0 35 0 33 0 15 0 6 0 10 0 265 0
135–139 4 0 9 0 12 0 28 0 16 0 32 0 9 0 2 0 2 0 8 0 122 0
130–134 0 0 4 0 1 0 10 0 8 0 11 0 8 0 2 0 2 0 6 0 52 0
125–129 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 15 0
120–124 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 107 80 210 106 247 94 294 81 221 48 186 31 123 17 53 4 22 0 51 9 1514 470

Apps = Number of Applicants
Adm = Number Admitted
Reflects 99% of the total applicant pool; highest LSAT data reported.