How To Apply

We accept applications throughout the year (beginning September 15) , and offer admission on a rolling basis, so long as space remains in the incoming class. We begin admitting applicants in the fall and will continue evaluating new applications through the early summer. However, we fill seats in the incoming class as the season progresses. Therefore, applying earlier in the season (before April 1) ensures consideration for scholarships and increases the likelihood of available seats. Deposit deadlines are included in your letter of admission, and failure to meet a seat deposit deadline could result in the loss of your seat. We do not charge an application fee.

Admission is only for the fall of each year, and only a full-time program is offered.

The School of Law requires J.D. and Transfer applicants to apply online via Law School Admission Council. We may request more information than is listed below, but please do not send additional materials unless requested. Your file will be reviewed when it is completed.

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Application Checklist

  • Meet with the pre-law advisor at your undergraduate school.

    Meet with your undergraduate school’s pre-law advisor to get advice on undergraduate course selection, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation, and which schools might be a good fit for you.

  • Create your LSAC (Law School Admission Council) account.

    You need a LSAC Applicant account to register for the LSAT and apply to law schools. Go to https://www.lsac.org/jd-applicants for more information.

  • Register and prepare for the LSAT.

    Applicants should take the LSAT before the end of February of the year in which they wish to enroll. Applications to the School of Law may be submitted prior to taking the LSAT.

  • Register for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

    CAS compiles your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and any other documents required for each application and transmits them to each school for you.

  • Request and send official transcripts.

    Once registered for CAS, you must have each undergraduate and/or graduated institution you attended send an official transcript directly to LSAC.

  • Prepare your personal statement, resume, and diversity statement.

    In your statement, tell us about yourself, your background, and why you want to attend the University of Arkansas School of Law. You may also include an optional diversity statement.

  • Ask mentors to send a letter of recommendation through LSAC.

    We require a minimum of two–and a maximum of four—letters of recommendation.

  • Apply online.

    Once you’ve uploaded your application materials to your LSAC account, click the red Apply Now button on this page, and login with your LSAC account information to apply.

  • Make sure you will have prerequisites completed.

    Applicants must have completed all requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to the date of enrollment in the School of Law.

  • Visit us!

    We encourage you to visit the University of Arkansas School of Law to learn more about who we are and where we are going. While campus visits to the School of Law are encouraged, such visits are not factored into our admission decisions. To schedule a visit, email lawadmit@uark.edu or call 479-575-3102.

Note: you can also download a PDF version of this checklist to print out.

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Check Your Application Status

To check your application status, follow this link. Login information to check your application status will be sent to the email address on file shortly after the application is received.

Prerequisites

Except for students in the 3/3 programs, applicants must have completed all requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to the date of enrolling in the School of Law.

CAS

You must participate in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and be registered with CAS during the application year. Through CAS, you are required to send the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) official transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended.

LSAT

Applicants should take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) before the end of February of the year in which they wish to enroll. Applications to the School of Law may be submitted prior to taking the LSAT. Applicants must have taken the LSAT during the five years preceding the date of application. The school will use an applicant's highest LSAT score in calculating the applicant's prediction index.

Important Bar Admission Information

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Transfer Applicants

A law student who has completed one year of legal studies with satisfactory scholarship in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is eligible to be considered for transfer to the University of Arkansas School of Law.

The amount of transfer credit to be granted will depend on the quality of performance and the relation of completed courses to this school’s program. A maximum of 30 credits may be accepted for transfer credit. Credit or units only (not grades) are transferable. Credits will not be accepted for any course or other work in which a grade below 2.0 or equivalent is given at another law school.

Failure to disclose attendance at another college or law school or expulsion or suspension is sufficient grounds to require withdrawal from the School of Law.

Transfer Application Requirements

  1. A completed JD Transfer Electronic Application
  2. An updated resume
  3. A short statement explaining your interest in transferring to the University of Arkansas School of Law
  4. A current Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report
  5. A letter from the dean/registrar of your current law school indicating your class rank and certifying that you are in good standing and eligible to continue study. This letter must be sent directly from your current law school to our Office of Admissions. Please have your current law school email this letter to lawadmit@uark.edu, if possible. If it is not possible to email, please have your current law school mail your Letter of Good Standing to Spencer Bowling,1045 W Maple St., Fayetteville, AR 72701.
  6. An official law school transcript showing all first-year courses and final grades, sent via LSAC. Please do not send your final law school transcript to us via email or mail.
  7. You may submit your transfer application before completion of your first year, but we will not be able to make a decision on your application until we receive a (1) Letter of Good Standing showing your class rank after you receive your Spring semester grades and (2) a transcript that includes your Spring semester grades.

Contact Admissions

All correspondence concerning the transfer application should be directed to the Office of Admissions. For more information about the transfer admissions process, contact the Office of Admissions at 479-575-3102 or lawadmit@uark.edu.

Office of Admissions
University of Arkansas School of Law
1045 W. Maple St.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Ph: 479-575-3102 | Fax: 479-575-3937
lawadmit@uark.edu