Prospective Students

The UALR William H. Bowen School of Law seeks to attract highly qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds who will make positive contributions to the law school and ultimately to the legal profession and society.

Bowen takes a “holistic” approach to admissions, meaning the Admissions Committee assesses a wide array of applicant factors. For most applicants, the personal statement, LSAT score(s), and undergraduate grade point average will form the bases of our decisions. Bowen also values inclusion and is committed to enrolling students of diverse ethnicities, life experiences, and professional backgrounds.

Admission to Bowen is competitive. Our admit rate is typically around 25 percent. Bowen utilizes a “rolling” admissions process where applicants are considered for admission as their application files become “complete.” In our process, earlier applicants tend to have an advantage over later applicants. We begin making offers of admission in October of each year, and continue until all seats in the class are filled. We will not consider an applicant until he or she has submitted all required documents.

The application deadline is April 15. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all required documents by Jan. 15. Applications received (or rendered complete) after April 15 are considered on a space-available basis.  Such applications are rarely considered.

There is no fee to apply to Bowen. First-year students are enrolled in the fall only and must have received their baccalaureate degrees by registration.

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Bar Admission

Bar admission requirements vary from state to state. Before beginning law school, you should obtain information regarding the character, fitness, and other qualifications for bar admission in the state or states in which you intend to practice. Graduation from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law or any other law school does not guarantee admission to the bar of any state.