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

The UALR William H. Bowen School of Law provides a high quality legal education that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical concepts to not only function as competent attorneys, public officials, business persons, and other professionals, but also to think critically about the efficacy of the law and legal institutions and to work for their improvement.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 451
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.87 - 3.5
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 83.33%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82.0%
In State Tuition $12,701
Out of State Tuition $25,838

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Overview

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

The UALR William H. Bowen School of Law provides a high quality legal education that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical concepts to not only function as competent attorneys, public officials, business persons, and other professionals, but also to think critically about the efficacy of the law and legal institutions and to work for their improvement.

Reviews

The “perfectly sized” University of Arkansas—Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law is located “right in the heart of downtown Little Rock”—“the economic and govern­ment center of the state”—and it is thoroughly “tied into the local community through its connections with legislators, judges, government agencies, and private firms.” Clerkships and externships are “bountiful.” Access to part-time jobs at law firms is “second to none.” Other perks at UALR include three clinical programs, five dual-degree programs, and “a bargain-basement price.” There are around twenty different areas of concentration here and some students tell us that “the overall breadth of course choices makes it possible to study almost any topic you find particularly interesting.” Others grumble that course selec­tion is actually pretty limited. “Students here get a strong, basic legal education,” says a 2L. “However, if you want more variety in more subject-specific courses, you won’t really find them at this school.”Professors “expect you to come to class prepared.” The faculty is “highly qualified, and there is a great mix of” adjuncts who teach specialized courses. Not every professor is great but most are “dedicated” teachers “who really want to see their students learn.” “They make sure we understand,” says a 1L, “and if we don’t, they go back over it.” Students also laud the legal writing program and say that the “writing instructors epitomize true excellence in their fields.” Outside of class, faculty members are reportedly “very approachable.” “The student body is small enough that you can have ample one-on-one time with the profs after hours,” reports a 3L, “if you’re brave enough.” Student opinion concerning the administration is drastically split. Some students call management “incom­petent.” “The school is run like a low-budget movie set,” charges a 2L. Other students contend that UALR is “very well-run.” “The administration is very helpful and accessible,” they contend, and the deans make “an effort to hear student comments and feedback, and implement changes accordingly.”The law school itself is “ugly-looking from the outside” and it’s “in a rough section of town.” The facility is “very pretty” on the inside, though, “with great marble stairs” and “nice views” from the upper levels. Incidentally, we think the “haunted floors” are just a legend. “Classrooms are top-notch” “with plenty of outlets” for laptops. “This law school is one of the only schools in the nation with state-of-the-art video lecture capture in nearly every room,” beams a 3L. “Missed something in class? Watch it again, including any slides or videos that were shown.” The building is also “fully equipped for Wi-Fi access and remote printing.” There’s a fabulous student lounge, too. Even “parking is awesome,” which is something law students at many schools complain about to high heaven. “Overall, our school works to provide us with a comfortable environment,” says a 2L. The spacious library is “the law library for the state of Arkansas, so it is excellent,” too. The staff is “phenomenal.” It’s a public library, though, and “There are definitely some pro se misfits who can be distracting.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 141

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, JD/MPA, JD/MPH (Master of Public Health), JD/MPS (Master of Public Service), JD/MST (Master of Science in Taxation), JD/PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) (3.5 - 4 years); JD/MD (7 years)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Property
  • Taxation

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 67
Full-Time Faculty 20
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 40
Faculty Gender 53% Male
46% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 17 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 77%
Multi-racial 0%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 10%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $12,701 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $12,701 $12,701

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $25,838 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $25,838 $25,838

Financial Aid

$19,500 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 15

Average Age Admitted: 27

Incoming Class

University of Arkansas At Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 150 - 157
LSAT Part-Time 148 - 154
LSAT Total 149 - 156

University of Arkansas At Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.95 - 3.54
Part-Time 2.77 - 3.38
Total 2.87 - 3.5

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay

Important: Undergraduate GPA

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

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

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 33 30%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 5%
Business Industry 15 14%
Government 12 11%
Public Interest 8 7%
Federal Clerkship 3 3%
State Clerkship 5 5%
Academia 7 6%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 20 14%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 2%
TX 3%
AR 85%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Arkansas At Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law include:

  • Charles W.'Bill'Burton - Attorney,Jones Day,Houston,TX
  • H.E.'Bud'Cummins - U.S. Attorney
  • Colette Honorable - State Public Service Commission
  • Annabelle Imber Tuck - State Supreme Court
  • Vic Snyder - Member,U.S. Congress

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