My first year serving as your dean has been eventful. Bowen announced its Veterans Legal Services Clinic and Veterans Pro Bono Services Center. We partnered with Trojan Athletics to provide a unique internship experience in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics, created a new 4+3 pipeline program with Philander Smith College, and established a scholarship for students from Arkansas’s historically black colleges and universities. We also just announced the creation of a new State Court Fellows Program in partnership with the Administrative Office of the Courts. However, as we near the end of 2019, I would like to highlight a few ongoing projects that need your help.
Bowen consistently has one of the lowest tuition rates in the United States. Scholarships help us keep costs down and give Bowen students more career options when they graduate. In addition, first-generation college graduates rely on scholarships because they are less likely to have financial support from their parents. This year, 30 percent of Bowen’s incoming 1L class are first-generation college graduates. We need your support for student scholarships.
$5,000 – 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.
Bowen was named by National Jurist preLaw Magazine as a Best School for Public Service, a Top Business Law School, a Best Practical Skills Law School, and a Professional Development Leader. We are committed to providing practice-ready lawyers for the Arkansas legal community, and our experiential learning programs are a large part of that preparation.
$1,000 – Support one Delta Clinc student representing citizens with family law issues in the Arkansas Delta.
$3,000 – 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.
Your gift to the Dean’s Circle will increase scholarship funding and support experiential learning programs, like the Delta Clinic — a program that both educates students and provides free legal services to Arkansans. Projects like our Rural Practice Incubator provide job opportunities for new Bowen graduates while expanding access to justice in rural parts of the state.
I hope you will help Bowen continue its leadership in delivering an outstanding legal education and access to justice for all Arkansans.
Theresa M. Beiner
Dean and Nadine Baum Distinguished Professor of Law