A new partnership between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and Philander Smith College has been formed to serve as a pipeline for minority law students.
The new 4+3 pipeline program offers guaranteed acceptance to the Bowen School of Law to Philander Smith College graduates who meet certain criteria. In order to qualify for the 4+3 program, Philander Smith graduates must earn a minimum GPA of 3.4, earn a 154 or above on the LSAT and have no “character and fitness issues that would disqualify them from being admitted to the bar.” Graduates must apply to Bowen and satisfy all admissions requirements.
“Bowen consistently attracts quality applicants,” said Matthew Kerns, Bowen Law School’s assistant dean of admissions. “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.”
Bowen School of Law is also offering a 25 percent tuition scholarship to students who have 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 Philander President Roderick Smothers Sr. “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.”