Priority application deadline is April 1, but the school will review all applications on a rolling basis after that date. The school does 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 prefers that prospective students apply online. The school may request more information than is listed below, but please do not send additional materials unless requested. Each file will be reviewed when it is completed.

The School of Law accepts applications throughout the year (beginning September 15) and offers admission on a rolling basis, so long as space remains in the incoming class. 

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.

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

Applicants 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 also must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) before the end of June of the year for which they seek admission. 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 LSAT is given four times per year in Fayetteville and at other locations throughout Arkansas and in other states. Registration may be arranged online at www.lsac.org. Applicants for admission are urged to take the test at least nine months prior to expected entrance in the School of Law.

Transfer Students

A law student who has completed one year of legal studies with satisfactory academic performance 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 2.00 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.

3/3 Program – Arts and Sciences

The School of Law and the 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 all university, college, and major course requirements for their undergraduate degree;
  • Earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50; and
  • Received an LSAT score of at least 159.

Such students will receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree after the completion of sufficient hours of School of Law work to meet the regular requirements of the Fulbright College. These students will then receive a J.D. degree after completing the required number of hours of School of Law coursework.

3/3 Program – 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. Students must have:

  • Completed all university, college, and major course requirements for the pre-law concentration;
  • Completed 12 hours in the specialization list for pre-law;
  • Earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 without grade renewal; and
  • Received an LSAT score of at least 159.

A student admitted to this program may substitute School of Law course work for the remaining total hours required for the bachelor’s degree in agricultural business.

It is a requirement of the School of Law’s accrediting standards that no student be admitted to the School of Law until they have completed at least three-fourths of the work necessary for the baccalaureate degree. The requirements embodied in the 3/3 programs satisfy this requirement.

J.D./M.A. Program

The Department of Political Science, the Graduate School, and the School of Law cooperate in offering a dual degree program that allows a student to pursue the M.A. in Political Science and the J.D. degrees concurrently.

The program described below requires 36 hours as follows: the student selects:

  1. Seminars in political science or equivalent courses in other departments approved by the graduate adviser in political science (total of 24 hours including — 3 hours of methods and 21 hours  other graduate seminars six hours of which may be thesis credit; and
  2. Twelve hours of elective courses taken in the law school in an area of concentration approved by the director of the M.A. program.

Students must be admitted to the M.A. program and the School of Law. If a student seeks to enter the dual degree program after enrolling in either the law school or the M.A. program, he or she must obtain admission to the other degree program during the first year of study.

The School of Law accepts 9 semester hours of M.A. courses to satisfy requirements for the J.D. degree, which can be chosen from the following courses:

PLSC 5203Seminar in American Political Institutions3
PLSC 5213Seminar in American Political Behavior3
PLSC 5253Politics of Race and Ethnicity3
PLSC 5503Comparative Political Analysis3
PLSC 5803Seminar in International Politics3
PLSC 5833International Political Economy3

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the School of Law may approve new or alternative courses proposed to satisfy the requirements of the program for J.D. credit. 

Students admitted to the dual degree program may commence their studies in either the law school or the M.A. program but must complete first year course requirements before taking courses in the other degree program. If they do not maintain the academic or ethical standards of either degree program, students may be terminated from the dual degree program. Students in good standing in one degree program but not in the other may be allowed to continue in the other program in which they have good standing and must meet the degree requirements of that program. If for any reason a student admitted to the dual degree program does not complete the M.A. degree, he or she cannot count nine hours of M.A. courses toward the J.D. degree. Likewise, M.A. students may not be able to count certain law courses if they decide to discontinue their studies in the law school. The J.D. will be awarded upon completion of all degree requirements; the M.A. will be awarded upon completion of the comprehensive examination and all required coursework, as well as the successful defense of a master’s thesis, if applicable.

Mandatory Comprehensive Exam: All students will be required to take a written comprehensive examination covering their M.A. program or a six-hour thesis. The comprehensive exam will be graded by at least a three-person faculty committee selected by the M.A. Program Director. Students pursuing the thesis option are not required to take a written examination. Successful defense of their thesis satisfies this requirement.

In addition to the successful completion of all course requirements and a passing grade on the written comprehensive examination (if taken), each student must present a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00.

Thesis Option: Students pursuing the thesis option should consult the graduate coordinator of the political science department. The thesis committee must be composed of faculty members from both the School of Law and the Department of Political Science. Thesis credit is 6 hours.

Internship Option: Students may pursue an internship. Internship credit is variable and depends on the number of hours worked. Students in this option must consult with their J.D. and M.A. advisers. An internship work plan and expected academic work products will be developed.

J.D./M.B.A. program

For students interested in obtaining both the M.B.A. and J.D. (law) degrees, the M.B.A./J.D. dual degree program is available. This program allows the student to receive both the M.B.A. degree and the J.D. degree. The program requires separate application and admission to both the School of Law and the Graduate School of Business and the M.B.A. degree program. Interested students should obtain bulletins and applications from both the School of Law and the Graduate School of Business. If the student is accepted into both programs, a maximum of twelve hours of approved law core courses may be used as duplicate credit toward the M.B.A. degree. These 12 hours of law core courses shall be applied to the 12 hours of career track courses within the M.B.A. degree plan. Likewise, a maximum of 12 hours of approved M.B.A. core courses may be used as duplicate credit toward the J.D. degree, thus reducing the total time necessary for the completion of both degrees. 

J.D./M.P.A. Program

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. Students must be admitted to the M.P.A. program, the School of Law, and the dual-degree program. If a student seeks to enter the dual-degree program after enrolling in either the School of Law or the M.P.A. program, he or she must obtain admission to the other degree program and the dual program during the first year of study.

The School of Law accepts a maximum of nine hours of M.P.A. courses to satisfy requirements for the J.D. degree. To qualify for J.D. credit, the M.P.A. courses must come from a set of core courses and must be approved by the School of Law. For purposes of the M.P.A. degree, 15 hours of elective courses may be taken in the School of Law, subject to approval by the director of the M.P.A. program. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in any M.P.A. courses offered for credit toward the J.D. degree.

Students admitted to the dual-degree program may commence studies in either the School of Law or the M.P.A. program but must complete first-year course requirements before taking courses in the other degree program. If they do not maintain the academic or ethical standards of either degree program, students may be terminated from the dual-degree program.

Students in good standing in one degree program but not the other may be allowed to continue in the program in which they have good standing.

J.D./M.S.W. Program

The Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work dual degree is awarded after completion of a four-year integrated course of study. This eliminates approximately one year of study, while meeting all accreditation requirements of the American Bar Association and Council on Social Work Education.  

Upon completion of the dual degree, students have earned a total of 135 credit hours (as opposed to 153 credit hours if the degrees are earned separately). A total of 12 hours credit earned in the M.S.W. program count toward completion of the J.D. degree.  A total of 6 hours credit earned in the J.D. program count toward completion of the M.S.W. degree. In order to receive dual credit, minimum grade standards for each program must be met.  

Students who do not maintain the academic or ethical standards of either degree program may be terminated from the dual degree program. Students in good standing in one degree program but not the other may be allowed to continue in the program in which they have good standing and must meet the degree requirements of that program. If for any reason a student admitted to the dual degree program does not complete the M.S.W. degree, the student cannot count the 12 hours of M.S.W. courses toward the J.D. degree. If for any reason a student admitted to the dual degree program does not complete the J.D. degree, the elective policy for the School of Social Work applies.

To be eligible for admission to the J.D./M.S.W. Dual Degree Program, students must apply separately and be admitted to the master’s program at the School of Social Work, to the juris doctor program at the School of Law, and to the joint program.  As such, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to each program. Upon application to the J.D./M.S.W. dual degree, the applicant shall provide a statement of intent for admission that includes a brief explanation of the reasons for pursuing this dual degree program as well as goals upon completion of the program.  Each degree will be conferred when the student has met all the requirements of that degree.

Should a student enter one program and later become aware of the availability of the joint program, the student must be admitted to both programs and to the joint program during his or her first year of class work in the program of original enrollment.

J.D. Courses

The first year at the School of Law consists of a rigorous course of study that you and all your classmates will follow. Starting at new student orientation and continuing throughout your first year, you will begin to learn, write, and think about the law.

The first-year courses are as follows:

Required First-Year Courses

LAWW 4104Civil Procedure4
LAWW 4024Contracts4
LAWW 4074Criminal Law4
LAWW 4013Legal Research & Writing I3
LAWW 4113Legal Research & Writing II3
LAWW 4054Property4
LAWW 4144Torts4
LAWW 5114Constitutional Law4

Required Upper-Level Courses

LAWW 5013Professional Responsibility3

In addition, before graduation, each student is required to complete:

  • a course for at least two credit hours that has been certified by the law faculty as an Upper Level Writing Course;
  • a minimum of six credit hours of experiential learning courses as designated from time to time by the Dean; and
  • a non-credit training session based on the Arkansas Mandatory Child Maltreatment Reporter law.

Electives

Most of the curriculum in the second and third year is composed of electives. This elective system allows students to choose courses that interest them and that will be useful in the types of careers they choose. Students are required to consult a faculty adviser before registering for upper-level courses.

Brief descriptions of the courses generally offered at the School of Law are set out below. Credit hours occasionally vary when a course is offered during the summer session.

The curriculum at any good law school is always in the process of being studied and revised. Experimentation in the educational program is necessary to meet the needs of the future. The following pages describe recently offered elective courses at the University of Arkansas School of Law. For the most accurate list of course offerings, please visit law.uark.edu.

Elective Courses

LAWW 400VEntertainment Law1-6
LAWW 4173Criminal Procedure: Investigations3
LAWW 4294Business Organizations4
LAWW 4442Law & Accounting2
LAWW 500VSpecial Topics1-18
LAWW 5013Professional Responsibility3
LAWW 502VRemedies3-4
LAWW 5073Family Law3
LAWW 5083First Amendment3
LAWW 510VLaw: Study Abroad1-6
LAWW 5133Real Estate Transactions3
LAWW 5163Administrative Law3
LAWW 5213Business Lawyering Skills3
LAWW 5313Payment Systems3
LAWW 550VWills, Trusts, and Estates1-4
LAWW 5513Labor Law3
LAWW 599VDebtor-Creditor Relations3-4
LAWW 602VIndependent Legal Research1-3
LAWW 603VFederal Courts1-3
LAWW 6093Evidence3
LAWW 611VInterschool Competition Team1-2
LAWW 6133Antitrust Law3
LAWW 6143Oil and Gas3
LAWW 614VBoard of Advocates Credit1-4
LAWW 615VElder Law1-2
LAWW 616VLaw Review Credit1-4
LAWW 618VJournal of Food Law & Policy Credit1-5
LAWW 6192Workers' Compensation2
LAWW 6193Workplace Legislation3
LAWW 6203Trial Advocacy3
LAWW 621VProducts Liability2-3
LAWW 6233Federal Income Tax of Individuals3
LAWW 6253Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities3
LAWW 6262Estate Planning2
LAWW 633VIntellectual Property2-3
LAWW 6343Conflict Resolution3
LAWW 6364Legal Clinic: Immigration4
LAWW 6374Legal Clinic: Bankruptcy4
LAWW 6393Legal Clinic: Nonprofit3
LAWW 6403Land Use3
LAWW 648VSpecial Topics (Skills)1-3
LAWW 6513Immigration Law and Policy3
LAWW 6523Employment Law3
LAWW 654VPublic Interest Externship1-3
LAWW 661VBankruptcy2-3
LAWW 6633Criminal Procedure: Adjudication3
LAWW 671VJudicial Externship1-3
LAWW 681VLegislative Externship1-2
LAWW 6822Patent Law2
LAWW 6913Environmental Law3
LAWW 6924Legal Clinic: Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic4
LAWW 6943Public International Law3
LAWW 697VLegal Clinic: Advanced Bankruptcy2-3
LAWW 706VSports Law2-3
LAWW 7073Mediation in Practice3
LAWW 7243Health Law3
LAWW 7612Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy2
LAWW 7662American Indian Law2
LAWW 770VAdvanced Writing in Agricultural and Food Law1-4
LAWW 771VIndependent Research in Agricultural and Food Law1-2
LAWW 796VAgriculture and the Environment1-3
LAWW 7773Water Law3
LAWW 778VAgricultural Labor Law1-2
LAWW 786VFood Law and Policy1-3
LAWW 406VUpper Level Writing1-3
LAWW 445VMastering Legal Analysis1-2
LAWW 4233Upper Level Writing: Crime and the Supreme Court3
LAWW 4182Upper Level Writing - Business Drafting2
LAWW 5041Oil and Gas Title Examination1
LAWW 5053Energy Law3
LAWW 5122ABOTA Trial Practice Lecture Series2
LAWW 5191Deposition Practice1
LAWW 5252International Commercial Arbitration2
LAWW 527VLaw and Economics2-3
LAWW 5293Cyber Crime3
LAWW 567VNonprofit Organizations2-3
LAWW 5303International and Domestic Sales and Leasing3
LAWW 536VSecurities Regulation3
LAWW 5382Employment Discrimination2
LAWW 5391Effective Corporate Compliance1
LAWW 5451Environmental Torts1
LAWW 547VState and Local Government2-3
LAWW 5523General Practice Capstone I3
LAWW 5533General Practice Capstone II3
LAWW 5600Law Research Assistant0
LAWW 413VULW: Gender-Based Violence & Human Rights Policies & Procedures2
LAWW 4212Upper Level Writing: Policing Law & Policy2
LAWW 629VPublic Corporations2
LAWW 631VInterschool Competition Team1-2
LAWW 6323Poverty Law: Theory and Practice3
LAWW 660VGovernment Externship1-3
LAWW 673VCriminal Defense Externship1-3
LAWW 683VCriminal Prosecution Externship1-3
LAWW 686VCorporate Counsel Externships1-4
LAWW 714VThe Right to Food1-3
LAWW 676VCapstone Externship1-12
LAWW 794VBusiness, Human Rights, & Corporate Social Responsibility1-3
LAWW 7031Regulation of Livestock Marketing and Sales1
LAWW 6413Legal Clinic: Advanced Criminal Practice3
LAWW 5643International Criminal Law3
LAWW 5692Rule of Law Colloquium2
LAWW 5701Baseball and the Law1
LAWW 5881Arkansas Landlord Tenant Law1
LAWW 607VConflict of Laws2-3
LAWW 6173Introduction to Intellectual Property Law3
LAWW 635VArkansas Law Notes Credit1-4
LAWW 6424Legal Clinic: Criminal Practice Clinic4
LAWW 646VStudent Coordinating Attorney1-3
LAWW 6562Legal Clinic: Advanced Immigration2
LAWW 6702Copyright Law2
LAWW 6843Legal Clinic: Advanced Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic3
LAWW 6873Legal Clinic: Advanced Nonprofit Clinic3
LAWW 5622Essential Legal Research2
LAWW 5662Mergers and Acquisitions2
LAWW 6553Arbitration Skills3
LAWW 5031Basic Title Examination1
LAWW 741VFood, Farming and Sustainability1-3
LAWW 744VSelected Issues in International Food and Agriculture1-3