The 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 more than 20 countries,it has been ranked among the top 10 "Best Values in Legal Education" by the National Jurist magazine for five consecutive years and is among the top 48 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Sova McCabe Named Dean of School of Law
Margaret Sova McCabe, professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, has been named dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law. She will assume her duties effective July 1. Sova McCabe will be the School of Law’s third successive female dean and the 13th dean since its founding in 1924. She was selected by Provost Jim Coleman, on the recommendation of a campus search committee following a national search that drew candidates from coast to coast.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Third year law students Celina Walker and Ryan Smith uncovered a need for their developing professional skills and burgeoning legal networks while sorting donations and stocking shelves at Fayetteville’s 7Hills Homeless Center.
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.
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.