Our Mission Statement: The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law provides a high quality legal education that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical concepts to not only function as competent attorneys, public officials, business persons, and other professionals, but also to think critically about the efficacy of the law and legal institutions and to work for their improvement.
Located in Arkansas’s capital city, the hub of Arkansas business, government and non-profit enterprises, Bowen offers an innovative, nationally-respected, high-quality legal education focused on hands-on learning. And we offer it at less than half the tuition that most law schools charge.
We have both a full-time (day) program and a part-time (evening) program, and we make sure all our students have the benefit of our expert, full-time faculty and our close relationship with the Little Rock bench and bar.
Bowen is consistently rated a National Jurist Best Value Law School, a ranking that reflects the fact that our students, by and large, graduate with very little debt, pass the bar exam, and get jobs.
With a small student body that facilitates community and one of the lowest student/faculty ratios in the nation, the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law offers a challenging educational experience in a supportive environment. Smaller classes enhance the learning experience by allowing students to interact with their peers and faculty members to a degree not possible at many schools. Our faculty is an experienced group of caring teachers and scholars. In addition, our low tuition enables our graduates to choose among a wide variety of employment opportunities without worrying about paying off an enormous debt.
Our curriculum emphasizes both theory and practice. Like most law schools, we require a basic core of courses and offer numerous electives. Unlike most law schools, however, we require two “lawyering skills” courses during the second year. In these courses, students are taught skills used in trial advocacy, interviewing and counseling, mediation and negotiation. Additionally, with an experiential learning credit requirement (e.g., clinic course, public service externship, or judicial practicum), students cannot graduate without practical legal experience.
Our core values are professionalism, public service, and access to justice.
The Arkansas General Assembly established the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law in 1975. We are accredited by the American Bar Association and are a member of the Association of American Law Schools.