#UARKLaw INSIGHTS

Welcome to the University of Arkansas School of Law blog, #UARKLaw Insights. In this space, we will bring you news about the school’s activities and events, student successes, the admissions process, and news on teaching research, and service.

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How Pro Bono Work Benefits Our Students

Pro bono work comes in many shapes and sizes. In the 2019-2020 school year alone, University of Arkansas School of Law students provided over 1,800 hours of free services to a large and diverse swath of community organizations. After engaging with their communities, it’s little surprise many of the students develop a lifelong passion for pro bono work.

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A Message to Our Students

by Dean Margaret Sova McCabe

A message sent by Dean Margaret Sova McCabe to University of Arkansas School of Law students in response to the January 6th events on Capitol Hill.

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What is the Externship Program?

by Angie Doss

The Externship Program at the University of Arkansas School of Law provides valuable experiences that allow selected second- and third-year law students to work alongside and learn from attorneys on different career paths.

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Finding Best Value and Fit

by Dean Margaret Sova McCabe

What does it mean to be a “Best Value” law school? First and foremost, it is a ranking devised by preLaw magazine to measure important attributes of law schools that the publication has identified as allowing students to graduate, pass the bar, and get a bar required position, and to do so while incurring as little debt as possible.

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Fall 2021 Application Update

by Admissions Office

And in the blink of an eye, it’s September. The excitement of August is still fresh, but fall is right around the corner. And you know what fall brings... a new application cycle for future University of Arkansas law students! If you’re hoping to join our 1L class one year from now, this post should help answer some of your questions about our Fall 2021 application process.

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COVID-19 and Vulnerability to Human Trafficking

by Annie Smith

Human traffickers are experts at exploiting vulnerabilities. Some seek out youth alienated from their families and in need of housing, food, or community. Others target migrants facing intense economic pressure to support themselves and others. The COVID-19 pandemic has multiplied human traffickers’ opportunities for exploitation and exponentially increased those most vulnerable to trafficking.

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COVID-19 and the Future of DACA

by Beth Zilberman

In a long-awaited decision last week, the Supreme Court blocked the Department of Homeland Security’s 2017 ending of the DACA program. Though DACA remains for now, the Court’s ruling was based on how the agency ended the program, leaving the door wide open for future attempts to terminate the program. To comply with the decision, the agency now must also consider the new challenges COVID-19 has raised.

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Pipeline Safety in the Time of a Pandemic

by Sara Gosman

Much of the current policy debate regarding COVID-19 has focused on the asserted tradeoff between protecting public health and ensuring a thriving economy. Some have argued that less stringent public health measures are necessary to avoid damage to the economy. But focusing on the economy only increases risks to the most vulnerable even as the nation fails to constrain the true source of the economic meltdown—the pandemic.

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The Summer Before Your 1L Year

by Howard Brill

Last week, I virtually met with our new first-year students, the Class of 2023. We had a great discussion about the rule of law, the Arkansas court system, and law school expectations. Because several students asked about preparing for law school, here are my tips for the summer.

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Let’s Talk Law Degrees

by Terri Dill Chadick

When I help students decide what they might want to do with their law degree when they graduate, I think in terms of six buckets of jobs.


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Why Start Law School During a Pandemic?

by Dean Margaret Sova McCabe

Many students – undergraduate and graduate alike – are thinking about how campuses will look in the fall of 2020. From freshmen to first year law students, there’s a legitimate concern about the continuation of remote learning and the transition to new learning environments. This raises an important question: Why should students start law school during a pandemic?

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

by Dean Margaret Sova McCabe

Congratulations to our Class of 2020! They are an amazing group and we’re proud of their accomplishments over the past three years. From serving as some of our first public service summer fellows to creating the law review academy (all while contributing hours and hours of pro bono work to the community!), this class already exemplifies the value lawyers bring to our communities.

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Fall 2020 Admissions Update

by Spencer Bowling, Director of Admissions

The University of Arkansas School of Law is committed to our current — and future — students in this time of crisis. Indeed, our admissions team is monitoring and adjusting to the needs of our applicants as COVID-19 emergency impacts their lives. We’re here to support you on your journey to becoming lawyers.