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

With a student body limited to about 400, we are able to offer an exceptional student-faculty ratio. In addition to our full-time day program, we offer a part-time evening program for those students who work full-time. Our faculty is an experienced group of caring teachers and scholars. Our low tuition enables graduates to choose among a wide variety of employment opportunities without worrying about paying off an enormous debt.

The UALR School of Law is located in downtown Little Rock, within 5 minutes of most of Arkansas's largest law firms and corporations, the State Capitol, the state and federal courts, and the other attractions of downtown: museums, restaurants, the River Market, and soon the Clinton Presidential Library.

The Arkansas General Assembly established the UALR School of Law in 1975. It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

The School of Law admits a small entering class of approximately 130 students, of whom roughly one-sixth come from out of state. The entire student body consists of approximately 400 students (350 full-time-equivalent students). Our teaching faculty of 27.5 full-time professors and numerous experienced adjunct professors gives us one of the lowest student/faculty ratios of any law school: 14 to 1.

Small classes, in turn, affect your learning experience. You will interact with your fellow students and the members of the faculty to a degree not possible at many schools. Small classes facilitate discussion and better learning. Your academic experience at the UALR School of Law will be challenging and rigorous, yet supportive.

Our curriculum emphasizes both theory and practice. Like most law schools, UALR requires a basic core of courses but offers numerous electives. The skills that you will use in practice are an important part of our curriculum. For example, some of the required courses focus on writing, research, and trial advocacy. Other skills covered in elective courses include interviewing and counseling, mediation and negotiation, deposition of witnesses, drafting a variety of legal documents, and trying cases in court. We require all students to take trial advocacy, where students argue and examine witnesses before a judge and jury. We also offer a litigation clinic, where students in their last year of school represent actual clients and represent them in court. A second clinical program, our mediation clinic, gives students practical experience at alternative dispute resolution.

Our location, within a five-minute drive from the federal courthouse, the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, many state offices and agencies, the Pulaski County Courthouse, the public defender's office, the prosecutor's office, legal aid office, and downtown law firms, guarantees a variety of part-time employment opportunities after your first year in law school. In addition, we have one of the highest placement rates of any law school.

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.

The Course of Study

* During the first year of the full-time program, students take required courses.
* During the first two years of the part-time program, students take mostly required courses.
* After the first year of the full-time program or the second year of the part-time program, students have finished most of their required courses and can choose from a diverse offering of electives.
o Many students choose elective courses that cover
subjects tested on state bar examinations.
o Students can also take a series of courses
designed to prepare students for a particular kind of
legal practice.
o Students may also choose from one of several legal
clinics where students handle real cases under the
supervision of a faculty member.

We believe that an outstanding faculty must excel at three things: teaching, scholarship, and service to the community. Our faculty members, by and large, have prior experience in the practice of law. They are committed to teaching and working with students. Every faculty member has an "open door policy" and is readily available outside of the classroom. Faculty members also publish scholarly books and articles which establish them as authorities in their fields, and enrich the knowledge they bring to the classroom. Our faculty places an unusually high emphasis on service as well: service to the bar, to government, and to the broader community. A number of them are nationally known for their expertise.

One example of such scholarship and service is the new journal established by the faculty in 1998, the Journal of Appellate Practice and Process. This journal, the only one in its area, concentrates on issues having to do with federal and state appellate practice.

A number of our faculty are actively involved in law reform, from commercial law at the multistate level, to criminal procedure and the structure of the judiciary at the state level, to changing the very way federal and state law is cited. These endeavors enliven students' classroom experiences as well.

Our full-time faculty teaches virtually all required courses and bar courses in both the day and evening divisions. As well, experienced adjunct professors teach upper level courses in their areas of practice. For example, Bankruptcy and Chapters 11 & 13 Business Reorganization have regularly been taught by a federal bankruptcy judge.

A law firm inside the law school, the Legal Clinic enables students to work with real clients, the community and the court system. The Clinical Programs consist of three clinics and two clinical projects. Each of the clinics offers distinct experiences while emphasizing a similar approach to clinical legal education. Clinic courses bring the theory of the classroom to life. Many of our graduates refer to their Clinic experience as the best course they took in law school. We are one of the few law schools to offer both day and evening students the opportunity to participate in a clinical course. In addition to providing law students with extraordinary educational experiences, our clinical programs also fill many unmet legal needs of the community.

School name:University of Arkansas at Little RockWilliam H. Bowen School of Law
Address:1201 McMath Avenue
Zip & city:AR 72202 Arkansas

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