UA Little Rock Law creates new deanship

Here's yet another example of how law schools are upping their practical experience games. The University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law has created a new deanship: Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Clinical Programs. 

Kelly S. Terry, the school's Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Law, has been named to the position.  

“This is a new deanship at Bowen,” said Theresa M. Beiner, dean of the law school. “While our clinical and experiential programs have always been vital to the law school, this new position strengthens Bowen’s commitment to our students, the legal community, and our core values of public service, professionalism, and access to justice.”

Terry, who was previously the director of the school's Public Service Externship Program and Pro Bono Opportunities, teaches the public service externship course. That places students to work for a semester with federal, state, and local government agencies and judges, as well as local non-profit organizations.   

She also serves as a co-director of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, a national organization focused on best practices in law teaching, curriculum design, and assessment.  

Prior to becoming a law professor, Terry practiced law for 12 years in a variety of settings, including private practice and state and federal government.

“Throughout her career at Bowen, Dean Terry has been dedicated to training students in what it’s like to be a lawyer and to improving their learning experiences,” Beiner said.  excellent 

The legal clinic at Bowen is one of the most visible aspects of the law school’s commitment to access to justice and public service. In addition to the public service externship program, there are seven legal clinics, two practica courses for part-time students, and the Rural Practice Incubator Project. Experiential learning programs include Professionalism and the Work of Lawyers and the law school’s award-winning lawyering skills program.

"Bowen has a rich history of providing its students with rigorous and meaningful learning opportunities to prepare them for the practice of law,” Terry said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to build on that well-established foundation and enhance our existing experiential-learning programs so that our graduates enter the profession ready to serve their clients with the utmost proficiency, skill, and professionalism." 

Terry began her new position on May 1, 2019.

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