Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Clinical Programs
Director of the Public Service Externship Program and Pro Bono Opportunities
BA, 1991, Hendrix College; JD, 1994, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Kelly S. Terry is the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Clinical Programs, Professor of Law, and Director of the Public Service Externship Program and Pro Bono Opportunities at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. Dean Terry also serves as a Co-Director of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, which is a national organization focused on best practices in law teaching, curriculum design, and assessment that is sponsored by the law schools at UA Little Rock, Washburn, and Gonzaga. Prior to becoming a law professor, she practiced law for 12 years in a variety of settings, including private practice and state and federal government. She started her legal career as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and, after that, served as an assistant attorney general in the Criminal and Civil Departments of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. Immediately prior to joining the UA Little Rock Bowen faculty, she was a partner for several years in a mid-sized commercial law firm in Little Rock, where she focused on business litigation and supervised associate attorneys. Dean Terry teaches the Public Service Externship course and co-teaches a course for first-year students called Professionalism and the Work of Lawyers.
Her expertise includes legal education, externship pedagogy, assessment, and access to justice. She is a co-editor of Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum (Carolina Academic Press 2017) and has published articles in the Clinical Law Review, the Journal of Legal Education, and the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy. Dean Terry has three publications forthcoming: Externship Pedagogy and Practice (co-authored with Professors Cynthia Batt, Gillian Dutton, D’lorah Hughes, Kendall Kerew, & Cynthia Wilson); From Student to Lawyer: An Integrated Approach to Professional Identity Formation in Law School (co-authored with Professors Kendall Kerew & Jerome Organ); and Assessment: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Law Schools (co-authored with Professors Gerald Hess, Emily Grant, & Sandra Simpson).