For the third time in the past four years, the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has a top 10 national ranking for its rate of accepted students who enroll.
Bowen ranked seventh in the U.S. News and World Report list of “10 Law Schools Where the Most Accepted Students Enroll.”
Out of the 232 full-time students who were admitted to Bowen, 105 chose to enroll for the 2016-17 school year. Bowen achieved a yield rate (percent of students who enroll in a college or university after being admitted) of 45.3 percent, up 2.1 percent from 2016, when Bowen ranked ninth on the U.S. News and World Report list. The average yield rate among all law schools participating in the study was around 24 percent.
Yale University topped the list, followed by Brigham Young University, Harvard University, University of North Dakota, Appalachian School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, UA Little Rock, Stanford University, Washburn University, and Indiana University-Indianapolis.
U.S. News and World Report only considers full-time students at the law schools in its yield rate comparisons. Bowen’s yield rate for part-time students, 61 percent, was even higher than its rate among full-time students. Bowen’s combined yield rate for all students was 48 percent.
“Bowen’s excellent yield and its substantial growth in applications are the result of the law school’s systematic, careful efforts to build relationships with its admitted students and offer an educational opportunity that is distinct in the legal education marketplace and attractive to prospective students,” said Michael Hunter Schwartz, dean of Bowen School of Law.
Prospects for Bowen’s fall 2017 class look even more promising. Applications are up 30 percent for fall 2017 after a 20 percent increase in applications for fall 2016.
“Students are drawn to the law school’s demonstrated and sustained commitment to serving the state and its citizens, and they choose Bowen for the myriad opportunities created by our location in the state capital and innovative curriculum,” Schwartz said.
For its annual law school rankings, U.S. News and World Report surveyed 195 schools using self-reported school data. The yield list is provided to magnify a particular data point that can help students find the right law school for them.