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University of Arkansas (School of Law)

The University of Arkansas School of Law faculty is an unusually talented group of men and women dedicated to the education of future lawyers. Through research, publications, and, above all, teaching, the faculty sets and maintains for itself and for the student body the highest ethical and academic standards.

One of the recognized measures of scholarly accomplishment for a law faculty is the authorship or co-authorship of texts or treatises and lead articles in law reviews. Arkansas faculty members are actively pursuing scholarly research, and several are working on books already under contract with publishers.

The teaching skills of the Arkansas law faculty have been recognized through University awards in teaching excellence, invitations to conduct continuing legal education programs in Arkansas and in other states, and speaking engagements in state, regional and national organizations.

The student body at the University of Arkansas School of Law includes some 470 dedicated and diverse future professionals. While students are primarily Arkansas residents, some 30 states and 3 foreign countries are represented, as well as over 110 undergraduate colleges. Students come to the law school with varied backgrounds and life experiences and participate in numerous law school programs and competitions while pursuing a rigorous course of study.

The law school offers a live-client clinical program which provides courtoom experience and exposure to problems of real people. The clinic courses include:

Basic Criminal Clinic - Enrollment based on 48 credit hours, including Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Civil and Criminal Procedure, all required for Rule XV supervised practice. Students handle prosecution of misdemeanor cases and defense of juvenile delinquency charges. Students appear in both Municipal and Circuit/Chancery Court, Juvenile Division and are critiqued by local judges.

Civil Clinic - Enrollment requirements same as above. Students represent clients with landlord-tenant problems, domestic disputes, consumer contract and fraud cases, debtor-creditor actions, and probate & tort actions. Students learn practice skills such as interviewing and counseling clients, fact investigation, planning and conducting discovery, developing case theory, drafting pleadings, and planning order of proof, as well as conducting examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, negotiation with practicing attorneys, witness preparation, and developing a trial plan including motion practice.

Advanced Criminal Clinic - Enrollment prerequisite is Basic Criminal Clinic. Students work closely with the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney's office, participate in charging decisions, fact investigation and discovery in felony cases, conduct plea negotiations, learn severance, suppression and other pretrial issues in circuit court. Students also learn to advise police officers, citizens and victims, prepare and examine witnesses, plan the order of proof for felony cases, and apply sentencing guidelines. Student performances are critiqued by experienced prosecutors & judges.

Federal Practice Clinic - Students work in teams with fellow students, handling legal problems of farm owners who are in financial trouble and need assistance in federal court, bankruptcy court or administrative hearings. Rule XV qualification is not required for this course.

The Arkansas Law Review, published four times annually, has been a fixture at the Law School since its initial issue appeared in 1946. Begun by the faculty and student body as a periodical devoted specially to the interests of Arkansas lawyers, the Arkansas Law Review replaced the University of Arkansas Law School Bulletin, which had been issued intermittently since 1929.

Students are selected for law review participation based on class ranking. The top 14% of the class is invited to participate. Additional students may be invited to submit a written casenote for consideration as a 'write on' candidate. Upon completion of the writing requirement, a Law Review member receives one ungraded hour of academic credit. Editorial board members receive additional credit of either two or three hours, depending upon the position held.

The Arkansas Law Review coordinates and publishes a symposium issue every other year. The 1998 symposium surveyed theories of Conflicts of Law.

The School of Law and the College of Business Administration cooperate in offering an opportunity for a student to pursue the J.D. degree and the M.B.A. concurrently. Students working to pursue their degrees concurrently must gain admission to both the School of Law and the Graduate School and be accepted in the program of study leading to the M.B.A. degree. If the student is accepted into both programs, a maximum of six hours of approved upper-level elective law courses may be used as duplicate credit toward the M.B.A. degree and a maximum of six hours of approved graduate courses in business administration may be used as duplicate credit toward the J.D. degree, thus reducing the total time necessary for completion of the degrees.

School name:University of ArkansasSchool of Law
Address:Waterman Hall 107
Zip & city:AR 72701 Arkansas
Phone:479) 575-5601

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