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Philander Smith College and UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law Create Pipeline for Minority Law Students

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.

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