Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor and Theresa M. Beiner, Dean of the UALR Bowen School of Law sign a MOU to create 4+3 pipeline for aspiring law students. Photo by Richard Redus.

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) William H. Bowen School of Law announced on Dec. 3, 2019, a joint-effort to create a 4+3 pipeline program.

“Both schools have been working for serveral years to get this program in place,” said Theresa M. Beiner, Bowen’s dean. “Many of Bowen’s graduates are also UAPB alumni. This program honors their paths to law school and paves the way for a long-term relationship with UAPB and its students.”

This new partnership recognizes UAPB commitment to preparing students who aspire to law school and provides guaranteed acceptance to Bowen for UAPB graduates who meet specific criteria.

“Bowen consistency attracts quality applicants,” said Matthew Kerns, Assistant Dean of Admissions. “With competition to enter the law school increasing, these programs reinforce our commitment to UAPB students and the citizens of Arkansas and ensure that highly motivated graduates have spots at the law school.”

The signing took place on UAPB’s campus and was attended by several students who took time away from their studies to learn more about the program and to meet Dean Beiner and Dean Kerns.

“This is going to be something great for our students to aspire to,” said Henry Books, IV, Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Political Science program at UAPB. “We already have students who are interested in the Bowen School of Law.”

UAPB graduates qualify for the 4+3 program if they earned a minimum cumulative UGPA of 3.4; scored a 154 or above on the LSAT; and have no character and fitness issues that would disqualify them from being admitted to the bar.

Prospective students can apply to the law school through lsac.org. Students must apply to Bowen and satisfactorily complete all admissions requirements.

“The 4+3 pipline program between UAPB and the Bowen School of Law will allow current UAPB students pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in political science to seamlessly pursue a law degree,” said Dr. Robert Z. Carr, Jr., Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UAPB. “The beauty of this program is that it will set reasonable admissions requirements that students understand from day one. This is great for our students, UAPB, the Bowen School of Law and the state of Arkansas.”

In addition to this program and other scholarship opportunities, Bowen offers a 25 percent tuition scholarship to accepted students who earned a bachelor’s degree from an Arkansas historically Black college or university.

Bowen prepares students for a variety of careers, including roles as attorneys, judges or other public service leadership positions.

This is Bowen’s fifth pipeline program. They also have agreements with UA Little Rock, Philander Smith College, and Pulaski Technical College.

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About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a public comprehensive HBCU, 1890 Land-Grant institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to social and economic needs of the state and region. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Philander Smith College and The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law announced on Tuesday, October 16, 2019 a joint-effort to create a 4+3 pipeline program.

According to a press release by the College, the new partnerships recognizes Philander Smith College’s commitment to preparing aspiring students for law school and provides guaranteed acceptance to Bowen for Philander graduates who meet specific criteria.

“Bowen consistency attracts quality applicants,” said Matthew Kerns, Assistant Dean of Admissions at UALR. “With competition to enter the law school increasing, these programs reinforce our commitment to Philander Smith College students and the Little Rock community and ensure that highly motivated graduates have spots at the law school.”

Philander Smith College alumni qualify for the 4+3 program if they earned a minimum cumulative UGPA of 3.40; scored a 154 or above on the LSAT; and have no character and fitness issues that would disqualify them from being admitted to the bar. Prospective students can apply to the Law School through lsac.org. Students must apply to Bowen and satisfactorily complete all admissions requirements.

In addition to this program and other scholarship opportunities, Bowen offers a 25% tuition scholarship to accept students who earned a bachelor’s degree from an Arkansas historically black college or university.

“We are incredibly gratified to be a partner with the Bowen School of Law to expand access to law school for our students,” said Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., President of Philander Smith College. “As an institution rooted and grounded in social justice, we aim to graduate leaders who are equipped to fight inequality. This opportunity aligns with our mission, ensuring that legal scholars will be well-prepared for the front lines of service.”

Bowen prepares students for a variety of careers, including roles as attorneys, judges or other public service leadership positions.

This is the law school’s third pipeline program. Bowen has another 4+3 program with UA Little Rock. Similarly, Philander Smith College has a 3+2 program with University of Arkansas Fayetteville for Engineering and a 4+1 program for Public Health with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

About Philander Smith College

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a small, privately supported, historically Black, four-year liberal arts institution related to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The College’s mission is to graduate academically accomplished students grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better. For more information, visit www.philander.edu.

About UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law provides a high quality legal education that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical concepts to not only function as competent attorneys, public official, business persons, and other professionals, but also to think critically about the efficacy of the law and legal institutions and to work for their improvement. For more information, visit www.ualr.edu.