The School of Law at University of Arkansas

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions James K. Miller
Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of Arkansas

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 31.5% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.47
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 156

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 31.5%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-158
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.19-3.71
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.47
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 156

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
We offer 9 clinics, 7 externships, and several pro bono opportunities. Students may choose from simulation courses to satisfy our requirement for skills credits, and from several specialized courses to complete the 2-credit upper-level writing requirement. We have an extensive summer curriculum, and students may enroll in foreign study programs in England and Russia.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 97
Seminars 10
Positions available in seminars 150
Positions available in simulation courses 307
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 110
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Our student-run Board of Advocates supervises a number of internal skills competitions, and provides participants for a number of external competitions. Our team in 2010 won the national moot court competition sponsored by the New York City Bar Association. Several student organizations serve a variety of constituencies. Students may receive law review experience on one of three journals.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 68
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 121
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 245
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 106
Full-time students involved in field placements 68
Full-time students involved in law journals 66
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 44
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 7

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 11.9:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 64
Full-time minority faculty 13.3%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 73
Total faculty (men) 61.6%
Total faculty (women) 38.4%
Total faculty (minorities) 6.8%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#89 Best Law Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 44
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.3
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.19-3.71
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.47
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-158
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 156
Acceptance rate 31.5% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 11.9:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 50.4% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 83.9% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 74.7% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar AR
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 72.5%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 401

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 401

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 0.7%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.7%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 0.5%
Female students discontinuing law school 0.6%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Kattie Wing
Financial aid phone (479) 575-3806
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $398 per credit (in-state)
Full-time: $818 per credit (out-of-state)
Room and board $15,552
Books $1,214
Miscellaneous expenses $0
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 20.4%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 18.7%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 1.2%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.7%
Median grant amount $7,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,000–$10,000
Full-time students receiving grants 42.1%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $58,639
Proportion who borrowed 70.6%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 65,966
Microform titles 129,822
Electronic titles 1,270
Other non-book titles 822
Total titles 197,880
Volumes (excluding microforms) 194,145
Volume equivalent microforms 170,726
Total volumes and volume equivalents 364,871
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 98
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 58
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 40
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 98
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 14
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 87
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 58
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 29
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 87
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 15

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 55
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 18
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 34,443
Total seats available for library users 402
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Our facility includes over 136,000 gross square feet, with new classrooms featuring state-of-the art technology, new study areas, and meeting spaces. The library footprint is 34,400 square feet and includes librarian offices, technical services, shelving areas, a special collections room, public service areas, group study rooms, information technology offices, and a server room.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar AR
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 74.7% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 72.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 137
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 50.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 83.9%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 10.9%
Graduates whose employment status is known 89.1%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 50.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 8.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 28.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.5%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 83.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 8.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 5.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.5%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $52,000
Median private sector starting salary $64,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $70,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 57%
Median public service starting salary $45,760

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 1.7%
Percent employed in business and industry 20.9%
Percent employed in government 11.3%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 6.1%
Percent employed in law firms 53.9%
Percent employed in public interest 3.5%
Percent employed in an unknown field 2.6%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 58%
Graduates employed out-of-state 39.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 15
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 7.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 10.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 4.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 73.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.0%
Employment location unknown 3.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The CSO provides individualized career counseling to students and alumni. The CSO conducts programs on all aspects of the job search process, coordinates on-campus interview programs, and maintains an on-line jobs bulletin. The CSO engages in employer outreach and facilitates networking. The CSO assists students in pursuing judicial clerkships, fellowships, and non-traditional employment.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 71.4%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 98.8%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 17.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 11.6%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 92.3%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A

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