National Jurist magazine, in its September issue, listed the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law as one of the top 50 law schools in clinical legal education, the school announced recently.
The announcement is the latest of national and state recognition for the Bowen School: It also was named to the top 20 law schools for legal writing; topped the Arkansas bar exam passage rate; and won the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions.
Acting Dean John DiPippa credits the school's concentration on hands-on legal education.
The Bowen School, which ranked 48th in the National Jurist survey, was chosen using data from the 2008 Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools. Specifically, the magazine divided the total number of full-time clinical course positions offered into the number of full time students at each law school. There are 200 ABA-accredited law schools in America. Yale University won the top spot.
Associate Professor Kelly Browe Olson is director of clinical programs - including clinics in mediation, litigation and tax law - at Bowen. Students also have the opportunity to learn from numerous public service externships with members of the judiciary, committees of the legislature and members of Congress.