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University of Arkansas School of Law

The University of Arkansas School of Law, one of US News and World Report's top 45 public law schools, will prepare you for success. Located in the heart of the beautiful University of Arkansas campus, the law school offers challenging courses taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities, and a close-knit community that puts law students first.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 391
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 153 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.26 - 3.74
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 82.61%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90.0%
In State Tuition $12,515
Out of State Tuition $25,652

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About University of Arkansas School of Law

The University of Arkansas School of Law, one of US News and World Report's top 45 public law schools, will prepare you for success. Located in the heart of the beautiful University of Arkansas campus, the law school offers challenging courses taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities, and a close-knit community that puts law students first.

Reviews

The University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville is “a smaller school” that offers a “five-star, New York restaurant quality education for a McDonald’s price.” “In choosing a school that has very low in-state tuition, I gained an extremely valuable edu­cation at a fraction of the cost I would have paid at other institutions,” brags a miserly 3L. “It’s a pretty unbelievable education for the cost.” “Various trial and counseling competitions are a few of the greatest strengths” here. Clinical courses and certified skills courses offer “excellent opportunities to get hands-on experience with the actual practice of law.” In addition to traditional judicial externships, there are legislative externships and corporate counsel externships. A “strong legal writing program” is another plus. “You’ll hear the students whining about it around the time appellate briefs are due,” promises a 3L, “but we finish the program with excellent practical writing skills.”“The faculty is comprised of both older professors using more traditional teaching styles such as the Socratic Method, and younger professors that bring helpful insight[s] into today’s practice of law into the classroom,” explains a 2L. While a few professors here “would be better suited to write articles all day long and not get anywhere near the classroom, “the quality of the instruction is fantastic” overall. “Most of the professors are really energetic and relevant,” says a 1L, “and they encourage lively discussion.” This faculty is also “devoted” and “almost always accessible” outside of class. The “very accessible and accommodating” administration is “always putting the students first” and “committed to raising the school’s profile.” “I have never had a problem too big or too small for them to address,” reminisces a 3L. “It has been great.” Upper-level students can choose from a range of elective courses in fields like health law, refugee and asylum law, entertainment law, and immigration policy, though some students would like the school to “add more electives” to the program.Career Services isn’t perfect but the staff is generally “wonderful” and employment prospects are reportedly excellent. Starting salaries are lower than what you’ll find in more populous places. Arkansas is very inexpensive, though, and it’s one of those states where everybody seems to know everybody else. Consequently, “the networking abili­ties within the city and state” are definitely a strength. Also, with Wal-Mart and gargan­tuan food conglomerate Tyson “just down the road,” Northwest Arkansas is a relatively booming area of the country that “provides many unique opportunities for employment with both law firms and major corporations.” “We have some students who go ‘big law’ in the major cities; we have some students who set up shop in rural Arkansas; we have some who go in-house; and we have a lot of government employees, too,” says a 3L.“The facilities are old in some areas but brand-new in others,” and there are “lots of small nooks to study in.” The old classrooms that are still used for nearly all of the first-year classes are “okay” at best. “The wood paneling is dark and depressing and reminis­cent of an old station wagon,” describes a 2L. A newer wing has “ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing” classrooms that are “technology-friendly.” “The research facilities are great” in the “comprehensive” library. There’s an onsite coffee shop, too, “which is great for study breaks when you need to recaffeinate.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 133

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA 3/1.5 years; JD/MPA 3/1 years; JD/MA 3/1.5 years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 61
Full-Time Faculty 26
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 23
Faculty Gender 52% Male
47% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 61% Male
39% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 82%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 1%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 0%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $12,515 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $12,515 $12,515

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $25,652 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $25,652 $25,652

Financial Aid

87% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$21,439 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

University of Arkansas School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 153 - 158
LSAT Total 153 - 158

University of Arkansas School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.26 - 3.74
Total 3.26 - 3.74

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Recommendations, Work Experience, Personal Essay, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#93 National Universities Top Public Rankings
#136 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings
#168 National Universities

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 80%
First Time Pass Rate 83%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 40
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 43 36%
Firm Sized 11-25 9 8%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 8%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 3%
Business Industry 29 24%
Government 10 8%
Public Interest 6 5%
Federal Clerkship 5 4%
State Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 5 4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 5%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MO 5%
TX 8%
AR 68%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Arkansas School of Law include:

  • Richard Harding - Lieutenant General, USAF, The Judge Advocate General
  • Karen Roberts - Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Mike Beebe - Governor of Arkansas
  • George Haley - Former Ambassador to Gambia
  • Mark Pryor - U.S. Senator from Arkansas

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