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University of Arkansas School of Law

Established 1924
School type
US$ 84.2 million
Parent endowment
US$ 939.8 million
Cyndi Nance
Fayetteville, AR, USA
USNWR ranking
Annual tuition
$10,712 (resident)
ABA profile
Arkansas School of Law Profile

The University of Arkansas School of Law is the law school of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a state university. It has approximately 445 students enrolled in its Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Law (LL.M) programs & is home to the federally-funded National Agricultural Law Center and the nation's only LL.M in agricultural law program. The School of Law is one of two law schools in the state of Arkansas. (The other is the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law).


The School of Law was founded in 1924. The founding dean was Julian Waterman, a Dumas, Arkansas native and University of Chicago Law School graduate who led the school through its first 19 years, until his death in 1943.

The School met initially in the bottom floor of Old Main, and was accepted by the American Bar Association two years later, in 1926. In 1927, the first class, consisting of ten students, graduated.

Over the next several decades, as the law school grew in size, it moved to larger accommodations. The 1930s saw a move to the Chemistry Building just to the southeast of Old Main, and then into Waterman Hall, the first devoted law school construction project, in the 1950s. The latter half of the 20th century saw additions added to Waterman Hall to form the Robert A. Leflar Law Center.

On February 2, 1948, the University of Arkansas School of Law became the first Southern white university to accept an African-American student since Reconstruction. Silas H. Hunt, a World War II veteran who had been wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and following the ending of the war had finished an undergraduate degree in English at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College applied to multiple law schools in 1947. He chose to look for entry at the Arkansas School of Law to challenge the system of racial segregation established in Arkansas at the time. Accompanied by his attorney, Howard Flowers, Hunt met with the dean of the law school, Robert A. Leflar, who reviewed Hunt's application. Leflar was impressed and accepted Hunt's application to the law school. For a semester, Hunt attended the law school until succumbing to illness, and dying in a veteran's hospital on April 22, 1949, in Springfield, Missouri.

Following Hunt's successful entry into the law school, five more African-American students applied and were established into the law school: George Williford Boyce Haley, who went on to become a United States Ambassador to The Gambia; Wiley Branton, who served as dean at the Howard University School of Law; Jackie L. Shropshire; Chris Mercer; and George Howard, Jr., who later became the first black United States district court judge in Arkansas. Collectively they are known as the "Six Pioneers." Silas H. Hunt Hall, located adjacent to the Robert A. Leflar Law Center, honors Silas Hunt, in addition, to a historical marker in front of the law school.

In 2007, a 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) addition to the Leflar Law Center was concluded, expanding on the Young Law Library, as well as adding a coffee shop, four classrooms, a technologically prepared courtroom, and a formal entrance hall.


The University of Arkansas School of Law is self contained within the Robert A. Leflar Law Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, which is situated in Washington County in Northwest Arkansas at the edge of the rolling hills of the Ozarks.

The law center is a square facility with four wings that cover a courtyard. It consists of approximately 64,000 square feet (5,900 m2), a courtroom, classrooms, and the Young Law Library. In addition to legal library resources, the Young Law Library includes a coffeeshop, computer lab, and lounge area,

Legal Clinic

The legal clinic of the law school has been in operation for more than thirty years, offering free legal services to charities, government agencies, and individuals unable to afford legal demonstration. The objective of the Legal Clinic, which offers the services of student attorneys, is to one, to train competently students in specific areas of legal practice encountered in every day law practice; and two, offers students a chance to refine basic lawyering skills, such as counseling, interviewing, and persuasive legal writing.

New Addition to the Robert A. Leflar Law Center.

* Advanced Mediation Clinic
* Criminal Defense Clinic
* Criminal Prosecution Clinic
* Civil Clinic
* Federal Clinic
* General Practice Clinic
* Habitat For Humanity Wills Project
* Innocence Project
* Transactional Clinic
* Pro Bono Program
* Immigration Clinic

National Agricultural Law Center

The School of Law is home to the National Agricultural Law Center, a federally-funded research and information facility established by act of Congress in 1987. The Center operates in combination with the United States National Agricultural Library of the United States Department of Agriculture.

The center employs law students enrolled in the graduate LL.M. program in agricultural law. The School of Law was the first school in the country to publish a student-edited legal journal dedicated to the study of food law and its impact on society, the Journal of Food Law & Policy.


The School of Law publishes four legal journals.:

  • The Arkansas Law Review is student-edited and available on a quarterly basis and distributed statewide to members of the Arkansas Bar, as well as legal libraries throughout the nation.
  • The Arkansas Law Notes, published annually, features written articles and research performed by the faculty of the school.
  • The Journal of Food Law & Policy is the first student edited legal journal dedicated to food law in the nation and is published twice a year.
  • The Journal of Islamic Law & Culture is published semi-annually and contains not just articles and reviews on Islamic law, but also presents "an emphasis on the significance in law of the intersection of Western and Muslim legal culture."

Ranking and recognition

The 2010 edition of US News and World Report's Best Law Schools ranked the Arkansas School of Law as 86th overall and the 45th best public law school. US News also ranked Arkansas School of Law's legal writing and research 22nd in the country. ranked the Arkansas School of Law as 88th overall in its' 2010 ranking of law schools. The Arkansas School of Law was also ranked 73rd overall according to the 2010 ranking by the AALS. The ILRG ranked the Arkansas School of Law 71st overall in its' 2009-2010 ranking of law schools. The ILRG also has numerous other categories and ranks the Arkansas School of Law as the 62nd most selective law school, 65th for job placement before graduation, 55th for job placement after 9 months, 77th for best bar passer rates among first time takers, 98th when ranking the school versus the state average for bar passage rates and 72nd for student to faculty ratio. Law & Politics' 2010 ranking of law schools ranked the Arkansas School of Law 139th overall. Leiter's ranking of most desirable law schools lists Arkansas as the 54th most desirable law school in the country. ranks Arkansas as 100th overall for best job placement and employment trends into "BigLaw". In 2010, The Hylton Rankings place the Arkansas School of Law 86th overall among all law schools. The Arkansas School of Law ranks 65th overall for percentage of class that obtain federal clerkships and 85th for total number of students obtaining federal clerkships. Brian Koppen's Law School Advocacy ranks the Arkansas School of Law as 46th overall. The 2010 National Moot Court rankings place the Arkansas School of Law at 13th overall.


Enrolled 137
GPA (75/25) 3.73/3.35
LSAT (75/25) 159/155
Acceptance rate 31%

The University of Arkansas has LSAT scores that are similar to its peers and GPA ranges that exceed that of its peer schools. The law school uses an index system to aid in the cutoff process that weights GPA and LSAT to reach a total index number. Applicants below the index will not fare as well as those with index scores above the index cutoff. In 2010 the University of Arkansas school of law admitted 31% of applicants and since 2001 have averaged an acceptance rate of 34%. Full-time enrollment in the most recent class was 137 students; the school of law only offers a full time program of study. The LSAT 75%/25% percentiles and medians were 159, 155, and 158 respectively. The GPA 75%/25% percentiles and medians were 3.73, 3.35, and 3.53 respectively.


The University of Arkansas School of Law places graduates in all 9 geographic regions according to the Association for Legal Career Professionals.The school does place a majority in its home region, West South Central, with 71% of its graduates finding employment in region, and 53% of those staying in the West South Central region obtain employment in the state of Arkansas. The most popular states for University of Arkansas School of Law graduates to find employment are in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The table to the right represents regional placement, with percentages, for the most recent University of Arkansas School of Law graduates. The University of Arkansas has alumni that practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and six foreign nations. The ABA also collects data on placement and puts them into six major categories. They are law firms, business & industry, government, judicial clerkships, academia, and public interest. The University of Arkansas School of Law places a majority of its students into law firms, but significant portions of the class still obtain employment in other fields—business and industry, government, and judicial clerkships. The table to the left represents the fields of placement, with percentages, for the most recent class from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Notable faculty members

Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton served as faculty at the law school during the 1970s. Senator J. William Fulbright also served as a faculty member at the school. For decades, Robert A. Leflar, legal scholar and judge, taught at the school and served as dean.

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