The UALR William H. Bowen School of Law has been named one of the southern region’s Top Five Law Schools for Black Students, according to On Being A Black Lawyer, a blog and media enterprise begun to promote the causes and contributions of African-American attorneys.
“We’re proud of being named to this prestigious list because it incorporates some of the things we’ve always been known for – among them our location in Arkansas’s capital city and our cost-effective tuition for students.”
In addition to these measures, to be named a top regional school, OBABL ensures that the black law student population percentage reflects or exceeds one-third of the state’s black population percentage. At recognized schools, tuition cannot exceed $20,000 in the midwest, southern, and mountain regions.
The rankings are based on the following information about each ABA-accredited school in the country:
- Cost – Cost is measured by the 2011 annual tuition data provided by the American Bar Association (ABA) and Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). For public law schools, resident-tuition figures are used.
- Placement – Employment rates are based on the number of JD graduates working full time in a legal or JD-advantaged job. Data is adjusted to take into account the percentage of black law students at each law school.
- Distinguished black alumni – This figure incorporates schools attended by OBABL’s Power 100. Law school websites and other sources also play a role.
- Selectivity – This measure combines LSAT and GPA data from the 2011 ABA and LSAC figures for all full-time and part-time entering JD students.
- Black student population – Figures from the 2011 annual demographic data provided by the ABA and LSAC.
- Local legal job access – This measure incorporates the number of state and district courts, appeals courts, federal public defender offices, state capitals, and National Law Journal 250 firms.
- Local cost of living –This measure uses the Kiplinger Index to determine the cost of living in law school cities.
- Local black population –This measure uses the 2010 U.S. Census to determine the percentage of African Americans in law school cities.