Early Admittance Law Program

The Early Admittance Law Program (EALP) is designed for highly motivated students of exceptional academic and intellectual ability. It requires a major in Philosophy with an emphasis in legal and moral studies.

This early acceptance program allows students to earn a B.A. and juris doctor (J.D.) in six years of full-time study and grants acceptance into the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law to those students who maintain the required standing in the program and fulfill certain requirements.

Students in the program will enter Bowen in the beginning of their fourth year of undergraduate study. At the end of successful completion of the first year of the law curriculum, the students are awarded a B.A. in philosophy. At the end of their third year of study (or equivalent) at Bowen, they are awarded a J.D. At the end of the six-year program, students will have eliminated 30 credit hours of time in school.

Program Requirements

To qualify for early admittance to Bowen, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A major in Philosophy (with emphasis in legal and moral studies)
  • A grade point average of 3.5 or above
  • An LSAT score in the 75th percentile
  • Completion of all UA Little Rock Core Curriculum requirements, including the requirement of foreign language proficiency

Program Recommendations

It is recommended that those interested in the program take Ethics and Society or Introduction to Philosophy before declaring the major to determine aptitude and interest in philosophy. A grade of B or better would justify election.

Law School Admission Test

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT), a standardized test required by most accredited law schools as part of their application process, is administered by the Law School Admission Council and offered several times a year.

The EALP requires an LSAT score in the 75th percentile. It is recommended that students take the LSAT offered the summer or early fall of the year before intended enrollment at Bowen. Students may repeat the exam.

Bowen School of Law Application

Students in the program must submit an application to Bowen by Jan. 1 for enrollment the following fall. Learn more about applying to the Bowen School of Law.

Bowen offers a variety of free resources to build a strong application through their Admissions 360 Initiative.

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