Why Arkansas Law?
The University of Arkansas School of Law has been ranked among the "Best Values in Legal Education" by National Jurist magazine since 2011 and is among the top 48 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report. Students get to live in one of the nation’s “Best College Towns” before joining an international alumni network. A challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty and guest scholars, a close-knit community with unique service opportunities and an academic institution that puts students first to prepare graduates for bar passage and legal practice. In this section, future students will find information on degree programs, how to apply, funding your education, contacts for offices and faculty, living in Northwest Arkansas and other resources to make the best decision for their law school career.
Established in 1924, 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. Two specialized certificate programs and four dual degree programs are also available to qualified students.
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.
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.
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.
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.