UA Little Rock, Philander Smith create pipeline program for minority law students

Philander Smith College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law announced a joint-effort to create a 4+3 pipeline program.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and Philander Smith College announced the creation of a 4+3 pipeline program.

This new partnership recognizes Philander Smith’s commitment to preparing aspiring law students and provides guaranteed acceptance to Bowen for Philander graduates who meet specific criteria.

“Bowen consistently attracts quality applicants,” said Assistant Dean of Admissions Matthew Kerns. “With competition to enter the law school increasing, these programs reinforce our commitment to Philander Smith College students and the Little Rock community and ensure that highly motivated graduates have spots at the law school.”

Philander Smith College alumni qualify for the 4+3 program if they earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4; scored a 154 or above on the LSAT; and have no character and fitness issues that would disqualify them from being admitted to the bar. Prospective students can apply to the law school through lsac.org. Students must apply to Bowen and satisfactorily complete all admissions requirements.

In addition to this program and other scholarship opportunities, Bowen offers a 25 percent tuition scholarship to accepted students who earned a bachelor’s degree from an Arkansas historically black college or university.   

“We are incredibly gratified to be a partner with the Bowen School of Law to expand access to law school for our students,” said Philander Smith College President Roderick Smothers Sr. “As an institution rooted and grounded in social justice, we aim to graduate leaders who are equipped to fight inequality. This opportunity aligns with our mission, ensuring that legal scholars will be well-prepared for the front lines of service.” 

Bowen prepares students for a variety of careers, including roles as attorneys, judges or other public service leadership positions. 

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