At Bowen, we see our role as legal educators in both academic and social contexts. The all-encompassing scope of the law confers upon us a duty to our students and society as a whole. Thus, we must make every effort to foster diversity in the people who make up our community, as well as the courses and experiences that make up our curriculum.
The diversity of our community reflects that commitment. Our students, faculty, administration and staff come from an array of ethnic, academic, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. They bring unique experiences and insights to Bowen and, in the process, enhance the academic and social discourse within our institution.
- In 2012, Bowen was named a Top Five Law School for Black Students in the Southern Region by On Being a Black Lawyer.
- Students of color made up about 18 percent of the 2013 entering class. The class also represented 16 states and 1 foreign country and was comprised of students who ranged in age from 20 to 57.
- Student organizations at Bowen reflect the diversity of the students themselves. Affinity groups such as the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, the Black Law Students Association, the Hispanic Law Students Association and Bowen Lambda are active parts of the Bowen community.
- The Bowen faculty is a diverse group of scholars, practitioners, and teachers. Women make up over half of the faculty working in a full-time capacity. People of color make up about 25 percent of the faculty working in a full-time capacity.
It is critical for law students to be exposed to broad subject areas. Thus, diverse course offerings are a hallmark of the Bowen curriculum. In our legal clinics, students gain practical legal experience in a wide range of areas of law.