Not Uncommon for A State to Have Multiple Law Schools, Says UALR Law Dean

We didn’t want you to miss this question that was nearly lost in our Executive Q&A with Michael Schwartz, the new dean of UALR’s Bowen School of Law: What do you think about Arkansas having two law schools, one in Fayetteville and one in Little Rock?

“I think the concerns about this issue are misguided,” Schwartz said. “Similar-sized states, such as Utah, Iowa, Mississippi and Kansas, all also have two. Connecticut, which has only a slightly larger population, has three, as do the two next largest states in terms of population, Oklahoma and Oregon.”

The real question, Schwartz added, is whether both schools are valuable to the state. He couldn’t speak for the law school in Fayetteville, but he was confident about Bowen.

“Bowen is one of the 20 most innovative law schools in the country,” he said. “It is one of the 20 best law schools for government service, and Bowen’s legal writing program is consistently ranked in the top 20 in the country. Bowen graduates can be found on the federal and state benches, in the halls of Congress, the General Assembly and the Attorney General’s Office, Fortune 500 companies and prominent law firms.”