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.
Located in Arkansas’s capital city, the hub of Arkansas business, government and non-profit enterprises, Bowen offers an innovative, nationally-respected, high-quality legal education focused on hands-on learning. And we offer it at less than $14,500 per year (full time tuition price). That is less than half what most law schools charge.
We have both a full-time (day) program and a part-time (evening) program, and we make sure all our students have the benefit of our expert, full-time faculty and our close relationship with the Little Rock bench and bar.
Bowen is consistently rated a National Jurist Best Value Law School, a ranking that reflects the fact that our students, by and large, graduate with very little debt (top-5 lowest debt in the nation), pass the bar exam, and get jobs.
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. and an experiential learning credit prior to graduation (e.g., clinic course, public service externship, or judicial practicum).