The UALR William H. Bowen School of Law has been named one of the southern regionâ€™s Top Five Law Schools for Black Students, according to On Being A Black Lawyer (OBABL), a blog and media enterprise begun in 2008 to promote the causes and contributions of African-American attorneys.
The rankings are based on the following information about each ABA-accredited school in the country:
- Cost – Cost is measured by the 2011 annual tuition data provided by the American Bar Association (ABA) and Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). For public law schools, resident-tuition figures are used.
- Placement â€“ Employment rates are based on the number of JD graduates working full time in a legal or JD-advantaged job. Data is adjusted to take into account the percentage of black law students at each law school.
- Distinguished black alumni â€“ This figure incorporates schools attended by OBABLâ€™s Power 100. We also consult law school websites and other sources.
- Selectivity – This measure combines LSAT and GPA data from the 2011 ABA and LSAC figures for all full-time and part-time entering JD students.
- Black student population – Figures from the 2011 annual demographic data provided by the ABA and LSAC.
- Local legal job access â€“ This measure incorporates the number of state and district courts, appeals courts, federal public defender offices, state capitals, and National Law Journal 250 firms.
- Local cost of living – This measure uses the Kiplinger Index to determine the cost of living in law school cities.
- Local black population – This measure uses the 2010 U.S. Census to determine the percentage of African Americans in law school cities.
â€śOur achievement in bringing diversity to our school and the legal field is a part of Bowenâ€™s dedication to providing access to justice to underserved populations,â€ť said Interim Dean Paula Casey. â€śWeâ€™re proud of being named to this prestigious list because it incorporates some of the things weâ€™ve always been known for â€“ among them our location in Arkansasâ€™ capital city and our cost-effective tuition for students.â€ť
In addition to these measures, to be named a top regional school, OBABL ensures that the black law student population percentage reflects or exceeds one-third of the stateâ€™s black population percentage. At recognized schools, tuition cannot exceed $20,000 in the midwest, southern, and mountain regions.