I have enjoyed my first five months serving as your dean. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of you. Dean Hoover and I always are interested in meeting with Bowen alumni, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Arkansas’s funding for higher education continues to be flat. In spite of this, we have not increased the costs of a legal education for our students, because we want them to have many career options when they graduate. I need your help to continue to keep student costs down. Here are some examples of where your help would make a difference.
Bowen just launched its first five recent graduates in its Rural Practice Incubator Program. These graduates began practicing in parts of the state that are underserved by lawyers. We are excited about this program, but it costs money. If you have an interest in supporting access to justice for all Arkansans, this is a great place to put your financial support.
$5,000 – Provide one 18-month stipend for a new Rural Practice Incubator attorney to start a solo practice in an Arkansas county with a lawyer shortage.
We also have a record number of first-generation college graduates (32%) entering law school this year. Scholarships are incredibly important for these students because they are less likely to have the financial support of their parents. Donations are used to fund scholarships for these deserving students.
$2,500 – Contribute to existing scholarship funds to ensure their availability for students.
$10,000 – Endow a permanent fund in your name or someone else’s honor to help defray the cost of textbooks for students.
Finally, all students must now satisfy an experiential learning requirement by taking a legal clinic, externship or practicum. We hope to add a Veterans Clinic if we acquire the necessary funding. This clinic was spurred by the enthusiasm of our student veteran population and the needs of this deserving population in Arkansas. If this initiative is something that interests you, we welcome your support.
$1,000 – Support one Delta Clinc student representing citizens with family law issues in the Arkansas Delta.
We need your help to continue to make these initiatives a reality. Please consider making a meaningful gift to the school to help support our dedication to professionalism, public service and access to justice.
Theresa M. Beiner
Dean and Nadine Baum Distinguished Professor of Law