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, and guarantees admission for students who meet all of the program and eligibility requirements of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law (Bowen) after completion of the equivalent of three years of undergraduate study.

Students in the program will be awarded the B.A. degree after successful completion of the first year of law school and will be awarded the J.D. after completion of the remaining two years at Bowen (or equivalent). The first year of law school does double duty as the last year of undergraduate study, so that at the end of the six-year program term, EALP 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)
    • Required courses: Ethics & Society (PHIL 2320), Philosophy of Law (PHIL 3347)
  • A grade point average of 3.5 or above
  • An LSAT score in the 75th percentile
  • Completion of all UALR Core Curriculum requirements
  • Foreign language proficiency requirement
  • Completion of 90 total credit hours

Eligibility for early admission is conferred by successful completion of program requirements and major requirements; admission will be offered by Bowen School of Law once the student meets the above criteria and also meets certain other eligibility requirements.

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.

The Law School Admission Test (“LSAT”)

The Law School Admission Test, 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. Information about the LSAT can be found here.

The EALP requires an LSAT score in the 75th percentile. It is recommended that students take the LSAT offered in June or September 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 January 1st for enrollment the following fall. More information on applying to the Bowen School of Law can be found here.

LSAT Preparation Workshops

LSAT preparation workshops may be offered at UALR or through Bowen.

For more information about the EALP in Philosophy, please contact us at philosophy@ualr.edu or call 501-569-3312.