University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law

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If you’re already burning a hole in your pocket with LSAT prep courses and application fees, considering the University of Arkansas at Little Rock may be the saving grace for your wallet.

If you’re local, tuition is a miniscule $10,062 per year, while out-of-staters pay about double at $22,057. O.K., so $20k is not exactly pocket change, but in terms of law school tuition prices, the University of Arkansas really is a steal. Now, add a quality education to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a great deal. That’s why preLaw magazine has named University of Arkansas at Little Rock a Best Value school for four years running.

“We have the eighth ranked legal writing program in the country, but all the other schools [on the ranking] have double the tuition,” said Dean Michael Schwartz. “Our students graduate with the second lowest amount of debt.”

The average debt upon graduation is $52,205, second lowest in the nation.

In addition to an affordable education, students receive a personal education. University of Arkansas at Little Rock provides specialized mentors for students. Mentors, who are usually members of the local legal community, help students with career planning, resume workshops and, of course, networking.

“We are very focused on positioning students in the real world,” Schwartz said. “We place every student in a five-to-six-person study group with at least one older law student to help them.”

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75th Percentile1553.53
25th Percentile1473.04
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$10,605$20,948
Living Expenses
Median grant$7788
Percent receiving grants71.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 88.00%
NJ Employment58.05%
Bar Passage76.47%
Academic Profile
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