Entering Student FAQs

General Information

When does school start?

All beginning first-year students are required to attend First Week. It is the official beginning of the school year. The dates for First Week are included in your admissions packet on the Intent to Enroll form that you must sign and return to the Admissions Office.

Where can I find the academic calendar?

Here is the current academic calendar. If you would like to see additional academic and social events, please check this calendar.

Other than my seat deposit, what must I submit before school starts?

In addition to the Intent to Enroll form, you must submit the following to documents to the Admissions Office by July 1:

  • official transcripts showing all post-secondary coursework you have completed. At least one must reflect the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. The copies of transcripts included in your CAS do not fulfill this requirement.
  • proof of immunization against measles and rubella. For more information about proof of immunity, please contact UALR Health Services at 501.569.3188.

Will I be assigned a UALR email account?

Yes. Instructions for accessing your UALR email address and BOSS accounts can be found on your PIN Letter.

How do I update my contact information?

Updates to contact info may be made in BOSS.  We strongly advise you to inform the Admissions Office of the update, as the Admissions Office pre-enrollment database does not receive updates from BOSS.

What classes will I be taking in the first year?

When do I register for my classes?

Our registration staff will register first-year students in their first- and second-semester classes.

Where can I find the class schedule?

The class schedule and other helpful info can be found online.

Are there any resources for students with disabilities?

Yes. The UALR Disability Resource Center is available to any student in need of such assistance. The Center’s phone number is 501.569.3143.

How can I find out what textbooks I need for the fall?

A list of required textbooks will be emailed to entering students about one week before First Week. In addition, required textbooks may be located by class on the UALR Bookstore’s website. The UALR Bookstore offers deep discounts to students purchasing books during First Week, and there is a branch of the bookstore in the law school building.

Where can I purchase textbooks?

The law school bookstore has all required textbooks as well as many study aids in stock (also available online with free shipping). There are two important reasons why we recommend buying your textbooks through the bookstore. First, you can use book voucher that charges against your UALR financial aid rather than needing to spend money out-of-pocket. Second, required textbooks sometimes change (usually as a result of a new edition from the publisher or last minute book change from the instructor). If you purchased the book through the bookstore, you can exchange it for the correct one.

Entering students can also save money by waiting until the Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday (usually the Saturday and Sunday before First Week) to buy textbooks. You get a better deal because there will be no sales tax, and the law school bookstore will be open that Saturday. You can also place your order online through the UALR Bookstore’s website during that same weekend and pay no sales tax.

Preparing for Law School

Should I be reading something ahead of time?

Early in the summer, the law school will send you several primary resources and materials that you need to read (complete) prior to arriving for First Week. These include:

  • Schwartz, Michael H. Expert Learning for Law Students, Second Edition. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2008.
  • McKinney, Ruth A. and Guest Pryal, Katie R. Core Grammar for Lawyers (online). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2016.

Expert Learning for Law Students (ELLS), which is at the core of our B.E.S.T. Program for 1Ls, will help you understand the analytical skills necessary to succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in law practice. This book, written specifically for law students and lawyers, discusses how they plan, monitor, and implement their work; and it provides detailed guidance on topics such as individual student personality types and learning styles, minimizing law school stress, time management, and staying organized. There will be a quiz covering the book on your first day of First Week.
Core Grammar for Lawyers (CGL) is an online, self-directed learning tool designed to help you acquire the grammar and punctuation skills that are prerequisites to successful legal writing during your first year. The law school will send you an email with your authorization code good for a one-year subscription. You need to complete the Pre-Test, online Lessons, and Post-Test prior to your arrival for First Week. In addition, some of the Reasoning, Writing and Advocacy (RWA) faculty require a minimum passing score on the Post-Test.

Are there any additional recommended summer readings for entering students?

In addition to the required summer readings and resources, if you want additional resources to help you better understand the purpose of law school, how it works, and what makes it so different from the undergraduate experience (or other graduate education programs), consider one or more of the following books:

  • Dernbach, John C., et al. A Practical Guide to Legal Writing & Legal Method. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010.
  • Friedman, Barry and Goldberg, John C. P. Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School, Second Edition. New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2016.
  • Gallacher, Ian. Coming to Law School: How to Prepare Yourself for the Next Three Years. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2010.
  • Humbach, John A. Whose Monet: An Introduction To the American Legal System, 2nd Edition. New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2016.
  • Johns, Margaret Z. and Perschbacher, Rex R. The United States Legal System: An Introduction, Third Edition. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2012.
  • McKinney, Ruth A. Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert, Second Edition. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2012.
  • Moore, Albert J. and Binder, David A. Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010.
  • Ramy, Herbert N. Succeeding in Law School, Second Edition. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press,
  • Rapoport, Nancy B. and Van Niel, Jeffrey D. Law School Survival Manual: From LSAT to Bar Exam. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010.
  • Ruskell, Alex. Becoming a Model Law Student. St. Paul, MN: West Academic Publishing, 2015.
  • Sandler, Ross. Jumpstart Torts: Reading and Understanding Cases. New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012.
  • Shapo, Helene and Shapo, Marshall. Law School without Fear: Strategies for Success. New York: Thompson Reuters Foundation Press, 2009.
  • Stropus, Ruta K. and Taylor, Charlotte D.  Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success, Third Edition. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2014.

Are there any other suggested study aids?

There are a variety of study aids available. Many of these resources are available through the law school bookstore. It is important to remember that study aids should not replace your textbooks, class notes, and course outlines. They can, however, be very useful in clearing up confusion for a specific concept and helping you to practice essay or multiple choice questions in preparation for quizzes and exams.

  • Examples and Explanations (Wolters Kluwer) – Each E&E offers hypothetical questions complemented by detailed explanations that allow you to test your knowledge of the topics in your courses and compare your own analysis. They are available for most first-year and many upper-level courses and come highly recommended from several professors at Bowen.
  • Questions and Answers (LexisNexis) – This series uses multiple choice and short answer questions to test your knowledge for most first-year (Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts) and bar-tested subject courses you will complete during law school.
  • Emanuel Law in a Flash: First Year Law Set (Wolters Kluwer) – This flash card set provides flash cards covering content in all the first year courses, and it is ideal for learners who like to quiz themselves and review important definitions, hypotheticals, and black letter law throughout the semester and at exam time. Sets are also available for many upper-level courses and the bar exam.
  • Hornbooks (West Academic) – Hornbooks are one volume legal treatises written primarily for law students and covering typical law school classes.  They summarize and explain points of law, as opposed to casebooks, which provide edited cases.  Hornbooks can be used to supplement casebooks.
  • Nutshells (West Academic) – These books are succinct statement of the black letter law. While they should not be used to take the place of your own reading and synthesis of material covered during the first year, they do help provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the law.

Issues relating to enrollment division/status

When is registration?

Our registration staff will begin registering you for fall classes in mid-July. This process will take about a week, and at that time, you will be able to view your classes and your tuition bill in your BOSS account. Once registered, you will be able to pay your tuition, using your T-number and PIN.

Does Bowen offer admissions deferments?

Deferment requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Typically, the Admissions Office grants requests only when unforeseen changes in circumstance render you unable to begin law school this fall. Requests arising from foreseeable circumstances are typically not granted. Deferments are one year in length, which means you will enroll in the next fall’s entering class.

May I switch enrollment divisions before starting the first year?

Depending on space limitations, it may be possible to switch enrollment divisions. Contact the Admissions Office with your request.

May I switch enrollment divisions after starting the first year?

Yes. All students in good standing are allowed to switch divisions after successfully completing the first year.

Is it true that part-time students can graduate in three years?

Yes. Students who begin the first year in the part-time division may graduate in three years by switching to the full-time division after the spring semester and attending summer school each of the next two years.

May I work as a full-time first-year student?

Full-time first-year students are not allowed to hold outside employment during the school year, but may work up to 10 hours a week in the law school and law library. There are no employment limitations on part-time students.

I will be a part-time student. May I take a day class or two?

No. Space limitations prevent us from allowing part-time students to take day classes.

Computers

What kind of computer should I buy?

The Computing Services department at Bowen recommends Dell computers because of the type of warranty they offer. But any computer running Windows or Mac OS X 10.5 and above should be compatible with the tech applications here at the law school, including wireless internet and exam writing software. For information regarding Macs or any other tech-related questions, contact Computing Services.

Do Bowen students get a discount on computers?