Established in 1924, the school prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty. The program has 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 School of Law offers a full-time, three-year program leading to a Juris Doctor degree. The degree is conferred upon satisfactory completion of 90 semester hours, including 42 hours of required courses. Students are often referred to as 1Ls, 2Ls or 3Ls depending on the number of years they have been in the program.
Your first year at the School of Law will be a rigorous course of study that all 1Ls follow. Starting at new student orientation and continuing throughout your first year, you will begin to learn, write and think about the law through courses such as Civil Procedure, Contracts and Legal Writing.
A broad selection of elective second- and third-year courses is available. Students who have completed the first year of law school may earn up to 12 semester hours of credit in summer school, study abroad or intersession courses. Graduation may be accelerated by one semester by earning credit outside the regular semester courses.
You will have opportunities to participate in clinics, externships, pro bono work and competitions. Two specialized certificate programs and four dual degree programs are also available to qualified students.
The School of Law business law certificate is designed for those students wishing to focus on business or transactional law and prepare themselves for a business law practice or to enhance their career prospects in the business field in general.
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.
3/3 Program in Arts and 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. Students in the Fulbright College are eligible to begin at the School of Law after the completion of at least 94 hours of college work if they have completed certain other requirements. See the School of Law Catalog for more information →
3/3 Program in 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 provided that all requirements have been met. See the School of Law Catalog for more information →
Dual Degree Programs
The School of Law and the department of political science provide a dual J.D. and M.A. in international law and politics. Students in this program must be admitted both to the School of Law and the Graduate School department of political science. See the Law School Catalog for more info →
The School of Law and the Walton College of Business cooperate in offering an opportunity for students to pursue the J.D. and the Master of Business Administration degrees (M.B.A.) concurrently. See the Law School Catalog for more info →
The University of Arkansas department of political science, the Graduate School, and the School of Law cooperate in offering a dual-degree program that allows students to pursue the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) and J.D. degrees concurrently. See the Law School Catalog for more info →
The School of Law and the School of Social Work provide an opportunity for students to pursue the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and the Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) degrees concurrently. See the Law School Catalog for more info →
Our Legal Clinic was founded by then-professor Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1975 to give students hands-on skills training by representing real clients in real life situations and to provide legal services to the community. The program now includes seven clinics that handle more than 900 cases a year.
Externships allow students to actively participate in a legal field while earning academic credit. Students have the opportunities with seven clinics and nine externship programs, including with Fortune 100 companies.
Our Pro Bono and Community Service Program matches law students with area legal services agencies, nonprofits and members of local bar associations to assist in the provision of free legal services. Ongoing opportunities include the Habitat for Humanity Wills Project and Pro Bono Week Celebration.
The School of Law hosts three internal competitions that lead to the selection of moot court, trial, and client advocacy competition teams that travel to regional and national competitions.
Students may choose from several simulation courses for skills credits and specialized courses for the two-credit upper-level writing requirement. Skills classes focus on particular areas of expertise needed for success in the legal profession.
The faculty has adopted the following as the learning outcomes expected as a result of our J.D. program:
- 1. Our graduates will have an understanding of their ethical responsibilities.
- Graduates should demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the ethical responsibilities of an attorney as a client representative, officer of the court, and member of society.
- 2. Our graduates will understand the law.
- Graduates should demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the basic elements of substantive law, procedure, and legal theory.
- 3. Our graduates will be able to communicate the law.
- Graduates should demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in the context of predictive, persuasive, and prescriptive application of the law.
- 4. Our graduates will be able to use the law.
- Graduates should demonstrate a reasonable array of legal practice skills, including the ability to conduct legal research, to engage in problem solving, to interact with clients, and to advocate on their behalf.
- 5. Our graduates will be professionals.
- Graduates should demonstrate professionalism by conducting themselves in a professional manner, including by participating in opportunities to increase their professional knowledge and skills.