Our Mission Statement: 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.
With a student body of approximately 440 and one of the lowest student/faculty ratios of any law school — 15 to 1 — the UALR Bowen School of Law offers a challenging educational experience in a close and supportive environment. Smaller classes enhance the learning experience. Students interact with their peers and with the members of the faculty to a degree not possible at many schools. Our faculty is an experienced group of caring teachers and scholars. The academic experience at the UALR Bowen School of Law is challenging and rigorous, yet supportive. In addition, our low tuition enables our graduates to choose among a wide variety of employment opportunities without worrying about paying off an enormous debt.
Our curriculum emphasizes both theory and practice. Like most law schools UALR requires a basic core of courses but offers numerous electives. Unlike most law schools, however, UALR requires two “lawyering skills” courses during the second year. In these courses, students are taught skills used in trial advocacy, interviewing and counseling, mediation and negotiation. We also offer three clinical programs: the litigation clinic, where students represent actual clients in court; the mediation clinic, where students gain practical experience in alternative dispute resolution; and the tax clinic, where students represent actual clients who have controversies with the Internal Revenue Service. In addition, UALR Bowen School of Law offers externship programs, where students can learn and work in legal settings, for judges, legal services providers and legislators, earning academic credit.