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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 42 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.

School of Law Upcoming Events

Last Day of Classes for Spring 2018
Friday, April 27th
Spring 2018 Final Exams Begin
Monday, April 30th
Last Day of Final Exams for Spring 2018
Friday, May 11th

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Featured Story

School of Law Ranked Among "Best Schools for Public Service"

The National Jurist and preLaw magazines have ranked the University of Arkansas School of Law No. 16 in the Public Defender/Prosecutor list of its “Best Schools for Public Service.” The magazine used job placement data (50 percent), school curricula (40 percent) and debt and loan repayment options (10 percent) to compile lists of the top 20 schools for public interest, government and prosecutors/public defenders.

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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.

School of Law Publications

Arkansas Law Review

A student-run journal, the Arkansas Law Review publishes relevant scholarship on notable domestic and international issues to elicit informed discussions and provide intellectual and practical assistance to members of the legal community.

Journal of Food Law & Policy

The Journal of Food Law & Policy is the first student-edited legal journal in the country devoted to the study of food law and its impact on society.The Journal has long been recognized as a leader in publishing articles and essays on food law and its impact on society.

Arkansas Law Notes

Arkansas Law Notes features articles and current research from School of Law faculty. Law Notes is a tradition of the School of Law, dedicated to providing timely and insightful research on a variety of subjects to members of the Arkansas bar.

School of Law News

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    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.

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    Student Spotlight: Elise Holman

    Student Spotlight

    Elise Holman

    University of Arkansas School of Law third-year student Elise Holman found a way to combine her legal studies and love of journalism into an externship that took the law school to the greater university community and beyond.

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    Katherine Shurlds

    Alumni Spotlight

    Katherine Shurlds

    The enduring and comprehensive career of Katherine Shurlds (J.D. ’94) is the confluence of life-long passions, influences and experiences. Although primarily a practically-seasoned professor of journalism, with a flair for the dramatic, Shurlds also enjoyed the experience of earning a degree at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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    Prof. Annie Smith

    Scholar Spotlight

    Professor Annie Smith

    Annie Smith is an associate professor of law and directs the law school’s Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic. Committed to community legal education, Professor Smith has led trainings for workers and organizers, conducted outreach to farmworkers and day laborers, and authored know-your-rights publications.

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