A description of courses offered can be found in the School of Law Catalog of Studies.
See information about the School of Law’s LL.M. in Agriculture and Food Law
How to Apply
Priority application deadline is April 15, but we will review all applications on a rolling basis after that date. We do not charge an application fee. Admission is only for the fall of each year, and only a full-time program is offered.
The School of Law prefers that you apply online. We may request more information than is listed below, but please do not send additional materials unless requested. Your file will be reviewed when it is completed.
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To check your application status, follow this link. Login information to check your application status will be sent to the email address on file shortly after the application is received.
Except for students in the 3/3 programs, applicants must have completed all requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to the date of enrolling in the School of Law.
You must participate in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and be registered with CAS during the application year. Through CAS, you are required to send the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) official transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended.
Applicants also must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) before the end of February 2015. Applications to the School of Law may be submitted prior to taking the LSAT. Applicants must have taken the LSAT during the five years preceding the date of application. The school will use an applicant’s highest LSAT score in calculating the applicant’s prediction index.
We will grant index admission to non-residents who have a prediction index of 202 or above and to Arkansas residents who have a prediction index of 197 or above. If space permits, we may offer index admission to other applicants.
The prediction index is calculated as follows: (LSAT score) + (13.4 x UGPA) = Prediction Index. For example, if you have an LSAT score of 160 and a 3.00 UGPA, your prediction index would be 200.
All admitted students must have satisfied the legal profession’s character and fitness requirements.
Admission to the School of Law will begin your progress toward earning a juris doctor (J.D.) and becoming a lawyer. In addition to the standard J.D. course of study, the School of Law offers innovative dual-degree programs.
Important Bar Admission Information
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
A law student who has completed one year of legal studies with satisfactory scholarship in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is eligible to be considered for transfer to the University of Arkansas School of Law. The amount of transfer credit to be granted will depend on the quality of performance and the relation of completed courses to this school’s program. A maximum of 30 credits may be accepted for transfer credit. Credit or units only (not grades) are transferable. Credits will not be accepted for any course or other work in which a grade below 2.0 or equivalent is given at another law school. Failure to disclose attendance at another college or law school or expulsion or suspension is sufficient grounds to require withdrawal from the School of Law.
To learn more, contact our Office of Admissions at (479) 575-3102.
Criminal Law Certificate
The Law School will offer a criminal law certificate to those students wishing to focus on criminal law during law school and prepare themselves for the practice of criminal law or policy. The program will be available to JD candidates, LLM candidates, as well as other post-baccalaureate students as described below. The program will require students to develop litigation skills through at least one criminal law clinic (or other experiential capstone course approved as a substitute by the associate dean for academic affairs, or that dean’s designee), as well as skills courses while also providing a strong framework in the fundamentals of criminal law and procedure through coursework.
Law students may pursue a dual degree in international law and politics, offered in partnership with the department of political science.
In partnership with the Sam M. Walton College of Business, law students may concurrently work toward earning a master’s degree in business administration.
Law students may concurrently pursue a master’s degree in public administration, offered through the department of political science.
In partnership with the School of Social Work, law students may concurrently pursue a master’s degree in social work.
Outstanding undergraduate students also may have the opportunity to begin earning their J.D. while completing their baccalaureate degrees through the 3/3 Programs.
3/3 Program Arts & Sciences
The School of Law and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences offer a program that enables outstanding students to enter the School of Law after their third year of college.
3/3 Program Agriculture
Exceptional students in the pre-law concentration in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences may enroll in the School of Law in their fourth year.