State Government Agencies

ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT (1 position)

The Arkansas Department Department of Agriculture is a state agency that provides leadership and implements programs for the Arkansas agriculture industry, our state’s largest industry.  Arkansas agriculture returns more than $20 billion to the state’s economy annually and provides one in every six jobs.  Arkansas is home to more than 45,000 farms and consistently ranks in the top 25 in the nation in the production of more than 23 different agriculture commodities.

Within the Arkansas Department of Agriculture are three agencies that provide a variety of services for Arkansas’s agriculture industry:  the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas State Plant Board, and the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission.   The Arkansas Forestry Commission protects, conserves, and develops Arkansas’s forest resources by preventing and suppressing wildfires, monitoring and promoting forest health, and encouraging forest resource stewardship.  The Arkansas State Plant Board is a regulatory agency that enforces regulations on various agriculture-related entities and provides seed testing and metrology laboratory services.  The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission is Arkansas’s animal health regulatory agency and serves as the state’s lead agency for animal disease emergency response.  The Livestock and Poultry Commission also assures food safety and quality and promotes Arkansas’s livestock and poultry industries.  More information about the services provided by the Arkansas Department Department of Agriculture can be found at www.aad.arkansas.gov.

An extern with the Arkansas Department Department of Agriculture will work directly with the Managing Attorney and regulatory divisions.  The extern will have the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with a variety of regulatory and administrative law issues including the drafting and promulgating of rules and regulations, assisting with administrative case file development, and drafting of administrative orders and other documents.  The extern may attend board and commission meetings and assist with researching and addressing legal issues affecting the boards and commissions.

Applicants should have excellent writing skills and an interest in gaining experience in administrative law.   The Managing Attorney and other staff of the Arkansas Department Department of Agriculture will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.

ARKANSAS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL ADMINISTRATION (1 position)

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration (ABC) is tasked with regulation of alcohol retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. The ABC also regulates medical marijuana cultivators, dispensaries, processors, and transporters following the passage of Amendment 98 to the Arkansas Constitution.  For more information about the ABC, see its website at https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/alcoholic-beverage-control.

Externs at the ABC will assist staff attorneys with legal research in both alcohol and medical marijuana regulation.  Externs will assist staff attorneys preparing for administrative hearings and circuit court appeals.  Externs will need a strong background in legal research and writing.  ABC staff attorneys will interview prospective externs prior to final approval of the placement.

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (1 position)

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is a dedicated service agency that provides leadership, support, and service to schools, districts, and communities so every student graduates prepared for college, career, and community engagement.  ADE is led by a commissioner appointed by the Governor and approved by the State Board of Education. The department monitors the compliance of federal and state education laws, implements policies set by the State Board of Education, and provides leadership, support, and services to school districts.

The ADE legal staff provides day-to-day legal services and representation to the State Board of Education, ADE Commissioner, and staff on an array of issues. These include contract drafting and review, research relating to education laws and policy, rule promulgation, and employment matters. As with all State offices, the ADE is regularly involved in a number of Arkansas Freedom of Information Act matters. An extern with ADE will work directly with the ADE’s legal staff on the above issues, and would have the opportunity to:

  • research and write about legal topics in education;
  • assist with the drafting and promulgation of revised ALC Rules and Regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act;
  • assist with bill research, analysis, and tracking when the General Assembly is in session;
  • assist with the preparation of materials for the State Board, Joint Education Committee, or other committees;
  • assist in the review of procurement contracts;
  • assist in responding to Arkansas Freedom of Information Act requests; and
  • attend and observe board meetings, court proceedings, public comment hearings, legislative committee meetings, and community meetings.

There are no prerequisites required, just a student who wants to learn more about education and working in state government.  We are a fast-paced, busy office and can provide a range of experiences for the right student.  Staff at the Arkansas Department of Education will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.  For more information about ADE, see www.arkansased.gov.

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT – DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, LEGAL DIVISION (1 position)

The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment Division of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is an agency of the State of Arkansas.  Its purpose is to protect Arkansas’s priceless natural resources – its air, water, and land – from the threat of pollution.  ADEQ accomplishes this mission in a variety of ways, including regulatory programs that set and enforce safe environmental limits for industries that affect air, water, solid waste, hazardous waste, regulated storage tanks, and mining.  The Legal Division’s staff of 15 provides legal support for the Director’s Office and the regulatory divisions.  Staff attorneys represent the agency in enforcement actions, permit appeals, and other regulatory matters before the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission as well as in state and federal courts.  Staff attorneys are also responsible for personnel issues; bankruptcy matters; collection matters; and drafting, review, and interpretation of legislation.  For more information about ADEQ, see www.adeq.state.ar.us.

An extern with ADEQ will work directly with the chief counsel, staff attorneys, legal support staff, and the regulatory divisions, which include engineers, geologists, and other technical professionals.  The extern may be called upon to:  research and prepare written opinion memoranda on the application of federal and state environmental laws and the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission’s Administrative Procedures Regulation to Department proceedings; assist staff and participate in enforcement proceedings and trials, including those in state and federal courts and those before the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission; and assist staff with personnel and collection issues.

A strong work ethic and interest in environmental law are required.  Successful completion of courses in Administrative Law and Environmental Law is preferred, but not required, prior to beginning this externship.  The staff of the Legal Division will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF REVENUE LEGAL COUNSEL (1 position)

The Office of Revenue Legal Counsel provides legal representation to the Secretary and Commissioner in matters concerning tax administration, motor vehicle licensing and registration, and driver´s license issuance and revocation. The office also provides oral and written legal advice to taxpayers and DFA personnel on matters within the Revenue Division administration (excluding child support). The office also handles collection proceedings including bankruptcy matters and negotiation of payment agreements with taxpayers.

An extern in the Office of Revenue Legal Counsel will be responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and for providing legal assistance to the agency. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy. The extern will work directly with the Office of Revenue Legal Counsel and will have the opportunity to:

  • Accompany attorneys as they represent the agency in legal proceedings that may occur in various settings and jurisdictions.
  • Write legal briefs, motions, and other pleadings to support arguments to facilitate the mediation/litigation process.
  • Research case law, state law, and any applicable federal laws related to current legal issues in order to prepare for potential mediation, litigation, conciliation agreement, or settlement.
  • Review and analyze data and documentation related to the agency’s legal matters to determine the agency’s position on various issues.
  • Analyze and interpret state and federal laws to determine impact on agency programs.
  • Advise agency management on potential legal issues affecting the agency and offer a legal opinion on actions the agency may take in resolving legal issues.

The extern should have strong research, writing, and advocacy skills. The extern must be able to research, analyze, interpret, and apply case law, state and federal statutes, legal precedents, and relevant legislative intent to agency legal matters. The extern should be prepared to assist attorneys in providing legal guidance and technical assistance to the agency’s management and staff. This externship may require occasional to frequent in-state travel to attend fact-finding meetings, advisory meetings, hearings, and/or court proceedings.

The Office of Revenue Legal Counsel will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement. The selected student must successfully complete a background check and comply with federal and state confidentiality requirements.

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – LEGAL DEPARTMENT (1 position)

The Arkansas Department of Health is the state agency whose mission is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans.  The Department focuses on public health, which the Institute of Medicine has defined as “the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and organizing community efforts to do the following: keep the environment clean, control communicable infections, educate individuals in personal hygiene (like hand washing, for example), organize medical and nursing services for the early diagnosis and treatment of disease, and develop the social machinery necessary to ensure everyone a healthy standard of living.”  Accordingly, the Department of Health provides more than 100 services statewide to assure, among other things, that drinking water is safe, that children are immunized, that restaurants are safe, and that birth certificates are correct.

The Legal Department employs five attorneys, a legal assistant/board of health liaison, and a legal assistant who works primarily with Medicaid appeals.  The extern who works with our office would have an opportunity to gain experience in many areas of law.   The following are the most prevalent areas we deal with on a daily basis:

  • administrative law: Our staff provides legal representation to the various boards and commissions that are under the purview of the Health Department.  Some of the boards we work with are Cosmetology, Deaf Interpreters, Lay Midwives, EMS, Trauma, etc.  The work includes assisting with the drafting and promulgation of rules and regulations, conducting hearings, and researching and addressing legal issues that affect the boards.  The extern would be able to assist the attorney in all of these areas, gaining invaluable experience with administrative law as well as learning about the other professions involved.
  • Medicaid:  We conduct daily hearings on appeals filed by Medicaid providers when Medicaid has issued an adverse decision against them.  This includes issues of “medical necessity,” eligibility issues, and appeals filed against the Medicaid inspector general (cases involving fraud, over-payment, and utilization issues).  The extern would observe the hearings, provide research on issues involved, and assist in writing the orders.
  • miscellaneous: Other issues that arise are employment questions, HIPAA, and FOIA.   There may also be assistance required with the Board of Health.

Interest in or knowledge of administrative law, health law, and constitutional law will be helpful to applicants for this position, but it is not required.  The Legal Department staff will interview prospective externs recommended for placement with the Department prior to final approval of the placement.

ARKANSAS JUDICIAL DISCIPLINE & DISABILITY COMMISSION (1 position)

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission (JDDC) is a quasi-judicial state constitutional agency created through the adoption of Arkansas Constitutional Amendment 66.  The JDDC investigates allegations of ethical misconduct committed by any of the more than 400 Arkansas judges who fall within its jurisdiction, including justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court, circuit judges, and district judges.  In addition to investigations into allegations of ethical misconduct such as ex-parte communication, clear conflicts of interest, rude or intimidating courtroom demeanor, and racist or sexist remarks, the JDDC may also investigate whether a judge has a mental or physical disability which prevents them from performing their duties as a judge.  The JDDC is an 18-member commission including six judges, six attorneys, and six non-lawyer public members.   Commission members are appointed by the Supreme Court, Attorney General, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and the Governor.  Members serve six-year terms and are eligible for one reappointment.  The JDDC appoints an attorney to serve as the Executive Director.  The Executive Director is responsible for hiring and supervising staff and any special assistants, carrying out the Commission’s directions and policies, and acting as the Chief Administrator and Chief Litigator should a case go to a full hearing before the Commission. Yearly the JDDC takes in over 300 cases involving allegations of judicial misconduct.  The JDDC is also routinely involved in educating legal professionals, law enforcement, and the public in areas of judicial ethics.

An extern for the Commission would work primarily with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director providing assistance in legal research and writing in the area of judicial ethics.  Externs would also have the opportunity to observe Commission meetings, panel discussions, and strategy meetings.  Typical duties may include:

  • research and writing on both legal and technical topics in judicial ethics;
  • review and editing of 8(d) letters, official disciplinary letters, and formal charges;
  • observation of negotiation with attorneys and judges in resolution of cases;
  • assistance in the development of materials used for legal education; and
  • assistance with bill research, analysis, and tracking when the General Assembly is in session.

JDDC staff will interview students recommended for the position prior to final approval of the placement.

ARKANSAS PROSECUTOR COORDINATOR’S OFFICE (1 position)

The Office of the Prosecutor Coordinator is a state agency whose mission is to improve the criminal justice system by promoting professionalism in the offices of Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys and Victim Service Providers through Education, Information, Liaison, and Advocacy. This office is involved in legislative endeavors, legislative updating via training, and legal research for prosecuting attorneys, and various other roles throughout the state of Arkansas.

An extern with the Office of the Prosecutor Coordinator will work directly with the attorneys in the office, assisting them with legal research and any pretrial motions. The extern will also have the opportunity to observe either legislative meetings during session years or criminal proceedings with one or two special prosecutors in the office.  While not required, it would be helpful for students to have completed courses in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Constitutional Law prior to beginning this externship.

ARKANSAS PUBLIC DEFENDER COMMISSION – CAPITAL, CONFLICTS, & APPELLATE OFFICE (1 position)

The Arkansas Public Defender Commission is a state agency whose mission is to provide zealous and effective representation to indigent persons who are charged with criminal offenses in state court and who face a risk of loss of liberty.  The Commission is divided into four parts:  the Capital, Conflicts, & Appellate Office; the Trial Public Defender Office; Administration; and Ombudsman.  The Capital, Conflicts, & Appellate Office exclusively represents indigent individuals accused of capital murder at the pretrial, trial, and appellate levels in the 75 counties of Arkansas.  Most often, the death penalty is sought in these cases, and extensive litigation is involved.  For more information about the Commission, see www.arkansas.gov/apdc/.

An extern in the Capital, Conflicts, & Appellate Office will work directly with the attorneys in the office, assisting them with legal research and trial preparation, including witness interviews, mitigation investigation, and guilt/innocence investigation.  The extern also will have the opportunity to attend and observe pretrial and trial proceedings.  The majority of the cases that the Capital, Conflicts, and Appellate Office handles are outside of Pulaski County, so this externship placement may involve some travel.  While not required, it would be helpful for students to have completed courses in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Constitutional Law prior to beginning this externship.  The staff of the Capital, Conflicts, & Appellate Office will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.

ARKANSAS SECURITIES DEPARTMENT (1 position)

The Arkansas Securities Department (Department) is the state agency charged with regulatory and enforcement jurisdiction over (i) the securities industry, including offers and sales of securities, and investment professionals such as investment advisers and broker-dealers; (ii) mortgage loan companies and loan officers; (iii) money transmission and currency exchange businesses; (iv) state-chartered savings and loan institutions and foreign savings and loan brokers; and (v) state-chartered credit unions.  In addition, the Department assists the Arkansas Cemetery Board, which regulates Arkansas perpetual care cemeteries.  The Department is headed by the Arkansas Securities Commissioner (Commissioner).  For more information about the Department, see www.securities.arkansas.gov.

An extern with the Department will work directly with the Commissioner, the legal staff, and other staff members, and may be called upon to:

  • research and advise the Department and the commissioner on the application of the Arkansas Administrative Procedures Act to department proceedings;
  • research and advise the Department and the commissioner on proposed changes to the Arkansas Securities Act, the Arkansas Fair Mortgage Lending Act, the Arkansas Money Services Act, and the various rules implemented pursuant to such laws;
  • assist the Department’s legal staff in enforcement and licensing proceedings, including proceedings in state courts and administrative proceedings before an administrative hearing officer, through preparation of legal memoranda, pleadings, and discovery;
  • research and assist the Department’s legal staff with issues regarding applicable rules of civil procedure and evidence;
  • assist the Department’s examination and licensing staff through communications with licensed persons and entities and review of disciplinary histories of investment professionals; and
  • attend and observe staff meetings, administrative proceedings, criminal and civil enforcement proceedings, and legislative committee meetings.

Successful completion of courses in Administrative Law, Business Organizations, and Securities Regulation is preferred, but not required, prior to beginning this externship.  The Department’s legal staff will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.

ARKANSAS SENTENCING COMMISSION (1 position)

The Arkansas Sentencing Commission was established by Acts 532 and 550 of 1993.  Its purpose is to establish a sentencing standard and to monitor and assess the impact of practice on policy and existing laws on the correctional resources of the State. The sentencing standards became effective January 1, 1994, and serve the purposes of equity in sentencing, i.e., similar sentences for similar offenders with similar criminal histories, and proportionality in sentencing by creating a balanced correctional system which reserves the most serious sanctions for the most serious offenders.  The Commission also provides fiscal impact assessments on all proposed criminal justice legislation that may have an impact on the resources of the Arkansas Department of Correction.  The Commission provides daily research assistance to judges, defense attorneys, and prosecutors throughout the State. Additionally, the Commission provides timely updates on new developments in criminal law to all criminal justice constituents through a newsletter, entitled The Sentencing News.

The Commission is composed of nine voting members: three circuit judges, two prosecuting attorneys, two defense attorneys, and two members of the general public. The Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and serve a five-year term. There are two advisory members appointed by the respective chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees. The Commission currently has five full-time staff positions. The Executive Director is responsible for compiling the work of the Commission and drafting suggested legislation.

Working under the supervision of the Executive Director, an extern with the Commission will have the opportunity to learn about sentencing practices in Arkansas and enhance his or her research skills.  The extern will assist in analyzing sentencing data by reviewing Sentencing Orders for accuracy and filing them by case number.  The extern also will have the opportunity to research proposed legislation, including contacting agencies from other states for information, and attend meetings of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees during legislative sessions.  The Committee meetings occur every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (and some Mondays) from 10:00 a.m. until noon, so it would be beneficial if the extern were available to attend at least one of these days each week.  Successful completion of courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure would be helpful prior to beginning this externship, but it is not required.  The Executive Director will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.

ARKANSAS STATE MILITARY DEPARTMENT – ARKANSAS NATIONAL GUARD OFFICE OF STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE (1 position)

The Arkansas Department of the Military is responsible for all matters relating to the command, control, and supervision of the Militia, National Guard, or other military organization under the jurisdiction of the Governor.  It provides Army and Air military units/individuals the resources needed to protect life and property; to preserve the peace, provide for order and safety of all the citizens of Arkansas in the event of civil disorders, natural disasters, and any other emergencies; to provide facilities and operation/maintenance of buildings and grounds, military ranges, warehousing, and fire/security protection to supported National Guard units; to provide procurement and resource management, military personnel/administration management, and military plans, operations and training management; and to provide budget/funding support for the operation of the Arkansas Civil Air Patrol.

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA) serves as primary legal advisor for the command group of the Arkansas National Guard.  The office has two full-time JAG officers, a civilian attorney, and a paralegal non-commissioned officer.  The office is also staffed by a state judge advocate and deputy state judge advocate who fulfill their roles on a part-time basis as traditional guardsmen.  The OSJA advises the command group on critical issues to include sexual assault prevention and response, ethics, professionalism, military justice, administrative law, operational law, employment law, fiscal law, and legal and ethical issues impacting command policies.  The OSJA also oversees the administration of military justice, legal assistance, administrative law, claims, and operational law for an organization of more than 8,200 military and civilian professionals.

An OSJA extern’s experience will be similar to that of a lawyer working in a general counsel’s office.  Externs can expect to participate in any of the following areas:

State Government:  Judge advocates working in the OSJA provide counsel and advice to the Department of the Military on such matters as employment law, state procurement, policies and procedures, ethics, and represent the agency at various legislative committee meetings.

Legal Assistance:  Judge advocates working in Legal Assistance provide counsel and advice to soldiers and airmen, retirees, and their families regarding a wide range of legal issues. These cases may include estate planning, immigration and naturalization law, family law, landlord-tenant law, state and federal tax matters, and consumer protection.

Administrative Law:  Just as corporate supervisors and CEOs depend on corporate lawyers for advice in civilian practice, judge advocates provide legal advice to commanders and staff officers.  Judge advocates practicing administrative law work on issues as varied as environmental law, Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act matters, as well as in such areas as oversight and military enforcement of civil laws.

Labor Law:  As a large civilian employer in Arkansas, the Arkansas National Guard is involved in a considerable amount of labor issues.  Judge advocates advise National Guard supervisors and commanders on all aspects of labor management relations for both private and public-sector union matters. Judge advocates may also be called upon to represent the National Guard before administrative tribunals or state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the State Employees Grievance Appeal Panel.

Criminal Law:  Judge advocates may serve as prosecutors or defense counsel in criminal cases (courts-martial) and administrative matters. Commanders can take a wide range of administrative and disciplinary measures short of a court-martial, and they depend on judge advocates to advise them on the most appropriate course of action.  Likewise, soldiers and airmen facing criminal or administrative action rely on judge advocates to advise them on their rights and help in their defense.

International Law:  As Army personnel are stationed in other countries, questions will arise about the interpretation of international agreements as well as foreign laws.  Judge advocates participate actively in negotiating and drafting international agreements involving the status of U.S. forces.  Judge advocates also observe and report on foreign trials of U.S. service members to ensure that the due process rights of U.S. personnel are respected.  Finally, judge advocates uphold the legal obligations of the United States under applicable international agreements.

Operational Law:  Judge advocates provide legal advice to commanders and their staffers on domestic, foreign, and international laws that influence military operations.  This advice includes reviewing military plans and providing advice on the laws of war, rules of engagement, domestic law relating to deployment of forces in support of our allies, and the legal aspects of civil affairs.

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR THE 20TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT (1 Position)

The 20th Judicial District of Arkansas is comprised of Faulkner County, Van Buren County, and Searcy County.  The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is responsible for criminal prosecution of state crimes in all three counties.  The mission of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is to enhance public safety and welfare to create a sense of security in the community so that the enforcement of criminal laws is done in a just, honest, efficient, and ethical manner.

The highest priority of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is to seek justice for victims of crime and their families.  This office seeks to punish criminals, help recover restitution for victims of crime, and rehabilitate non-violent offenders who have shown a positive change in their lives.  Our community experiences a wide variety of crimes including murders of adults and children, sexual assault, sexual and physical abuse of children, abuse of the elderly, domestic violence, gang violence, the distribution of dangerous and illegal drugs, and numerous other offenses.  The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, seeks to apprehend and prosecute criminals to make our neighborhoods safer and benefit society as a whole.

An extern in the Prosecutor’s Office will work in Faulkner County directly with attorneys in the office, assisting with both legal research and trial preparation.  The extern also will have the opportunity to assist in pretrial and trial proceedings.  Students who have their Rule 15 certification also may have the opportunity to represent the state at hearings under the supervision of a deputy prosecuting attorney.  It is necessary that students have completed courses in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Constitutional Law prior to beginning the externship.  The staff of the Prosecutor’s Office will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.

PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT (2 positions)

The Public Defender’s Office of the Sixth Judicial District (Office) is a state agency providing representation to indigent persons who are charged with criminal offenses in state court and who face a risk of loss of liberty. The Office represents indigent individuals in Pulaski and Perry Counties in Arkansas at the district, circuit, and appellate levels.

An extern in the Public Defender’s Office will work directly with an attorney in the office, assisting with both legal research and trial preparation.  The extern also will have the opportunity to assist in pretrial and trial proceedings.  Other duties may include fact investigation, locating witnesses, observing crime scenes, and meeting with and interviewing clients in lock-up.  It is necessary that the student have completed courses in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Constitutional Law prior to beginning the externship.  Students who are eligible for Rule 15 certification under the Arkansas student-practice rule are strongly preferred for this externship, so they may make court appearances.  The staff of the Public Defender’s Office will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES – OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL (1 position)

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic medical center. Founded in 1879, it is part of the state-wide University of Arkansas System. The Office of General Counsel at UAMS advises and assists the administrators and faculty responsible for operating a nearly 440-bed hospital, eight regional health centers, seven research institutes, and six colleges.

The duties of the Office’s chief general counsel and four associate general counsel are diverse, ranging from areas of health law and higher education law to bankruptcy and utilities regulation.  The attorneys also assist with matters in risk management, compliance, employment, litigation, and any number of the myriad issues that arise in the 24/7 operation of an institution with nearly 15,000 staff, faculty, and students.  An extern will work out of the Office of General Counsel located on UAMS’s main campus in Little Rock.  The staff of the General Counsel’s Office will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.