Best Value in Law Schools 2016The University of Arkansas School of Law prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities and a close-knit community that puts students first. With alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories and 20 countries, it has been ranked among the top 10 "Values in Legal Education" by The National Jurist magazine for four consecutive years and is among the top 46 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Experiential Learning

The University of Arkansas School of Law made a commitment to experiential learning more than 40 years ago – a tradition that we continue to build and expand. Students have the opportunities with 11 clinics and 9 externship programs, including with Fortune 100 companies. They may choose from several simulation courses for skills credits.

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Best ValueThe National Jurist and preLaw magazines ranked the University of Arkansas School of Law fifth “Best Value” in the nation. This marks the sixth consecutive year the school has been ranked among the “Top 20 Best Value Law Schools” and the fourth consecutive year it has been in the top 10.

“The Best Value rankings focus on many of the factors that are most important to students as they narrow down their options for law school,” said Stacy Leeds, dean of the school. “Our commitment to excellence while also focusing on students’ overall cost, bar passage, job placement and debt load are among many reasons students choose the University of Arkansas School of Law.”

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Academic Programs


J.D. Program

Established in 1924, the school prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty. The program has produced alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories and 20 countries with successful careers in the legal profession as well as other fields.


LL.M. Program in Food & Agricultural Law

The first advanced law degree in agricultural and food law was founded here more than 30 years ago. The LL.M. program was also the first to offer a fully integrated opportunity for face-to-face and distance education options. With its support, the School of Law publishes the nation’s first student-edited specialized journal devoted to food law and policy issues and sustains outreach efforts that connect academic scholarship with critical legal and policy issues.


Accelerated J.D. Program for Foreign Lawyers

Up to 10 graduates of foreign law schools are accepted to this program each year. Qualified applicants may receive up to 30 hours of credit for completion of a degree from an accredited law school that would qualify them to practice law in the country where the degree was conferred. Graduation will satisfy the degree requirement for eligibility to sit for the bar examination in any state in the U.S.

News & Events

School of Law NEWS

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    Archived News Stories (2005–present)

    Many archived news stories about the School of Law from 2005 can now be found in the School of Law News Archive. Others may be found in the University of Arkansas' News service archives.

    School of Law EVENTS

    Dean's Message

    Welcome from Dean Stacy Leeds

    Dean Stacy LeedsWelcome to the University of Arkansas School of Law, a community that includes world leaders in law, business, education, and public service. Wherever you go from here, your University of Arkansas law school education will prepare you well for success.



    Student Spotlight: Daveante Jones

    Student Spotlight

    Daveante Jones

    Always modest, Daveante Jones is quick to recognize the influence of family, friends, professors and mentors on his accomplishments. He credits a host of people for the inspiration to work hard and for helping to chart his course to success.

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    Karen Roberts

    Alumni Spotlight

    Karen Roberts

    Even as an undergraduate, Karen Roberts (J.D. '95) just knew she wanted to be an attorney and practice at a law firm. Twenty years later, she is general counsel and executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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    Prof. Stephen Clowney

    Scholar Spotlight

    Professor Stephen Clowney

    Professor Clowney recently published “Can Property Principles Save International Law?” on The April 18 article reviews “A Market for Sovereign Control,” by Joseph Blocher and G. Mitu Gulati

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