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Why Arkansas Law?

The University of Arkansas School of Law offers a competitive J.D. as well as an advanced LL.M. program, which prepares students for success. Our challenging curriculum is taught by nationally recognized faculty, and there are unique opportunities for students to participate in pro bono work, externships, live client clinics, competitions, and food and agriculture initiatives.

PreLaw Best Value Law School sealWe strive to identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity, and the impact(s) they have on students, faculty, and staff members in an effort to achieve a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community.

The University of Arkansas is the state’s land grant flagship institution, and our law school embodies the best of what public legal education offers today’s students. We are consistently ranked among the “Best Values in Legal Education” by National Jurist magazine, a designation we first won in 2011.

From admitting the Six Pioneers who were the first African American students to attend law school in the South without a court order to graduating governors, judges, prosecutors, and faculty who went on to become President of the United States and Secretary of State, we have a rich history and culture.

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Academic Programs

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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.

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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.

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    Student Spotlight: Christopher Barnes

    Student Spotlight

    Christopher Barnes

    Christopher Barnes is one of the 131 new J.D. candidates the University of Arkansas School of Law welcomed this August. He is excited to return to Arkansas after an extended stay in Tennessee and has settled into the demanding coursework of his 1L year with enthusiasm. He is quickly becoming an important member of the law school community.

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    Chip Shaw

    Alumni Spotlight

    Timothy K. "Chip" Shaw

    Capt. Timothy K. “Chip” Shaw (J.D. ’16), United States Air Force Jag Corps, is a volunteer pilot for Pilots N’Paws, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging volunteers to provide the valuable services of rescuing, sheltering, and adopting animals. The organization recruits and schedules pilots willing to assist with animal transportation. In the photo, Shaw, a private pilot, prepares to fly two Collie pups from North Carolina to Maryland. He averages one trip per month for the organization. Shaw, currently on active duty in Washington, D.C., is enrolled in the Environmental and Energy Law LL.M. program at Georgetown Law.