Directory

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law
1201 McMath Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72202
ualr.edu/law

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Kelly Terry
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Clinical Programs
Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Law
ksterry@ualr.edu
501-916-5465

Category Type

Formal Voluntary Program Characterized by a Referral System with a Coordinator

Description of Programs

The Bowen School of Law has formed a partnership with the Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) so that Bowen students may volunteer at CALS and engage in pro bono representation under the supervision of CALS attorneys. Students who volunteer at CALS work directly with the attorneys in the office, assisting them in drafting pleadings, performing legal research, interviewing clients, investigating cases, and preparing for trials. Students also may observe courtroom proceedings.

Student volunteers at CALS also have the opportunity to assist in its outreach and community education efforts, by writing and updating factsheets on legal issues, updating the CALS Poverty Law Practice Manual, and assisting in the production of informational videos. Students also may participate in a live internet chat service that CALS provides through its website to help people find information relevant to their legal matters. Projects are available that can be completed both during regular business hours and on nights and weekends, so volunteer opportunities exist for both full-time and part-time students. In addition to the sense of personal satisfaction that comes from providing legal services to those in need, students who volunteer at CALS also gain valuable professional experience and have the opportunity to learn from dedicated and experienced attorneys.

Students also may find service opportunities by consulting the Bowen Volunteer Opportunities Directory. This two-volume reference guide contains information about the work and programs of over 60 local nonprofit organizations that are in need of volunteers. The directory is arranged by subject-matter categories, and it includes information about volunteer opportunities in several areas, including legal services, food and housing needs, community development, prevention of domestic violence, and tutoring and mentoring, to name just a few. The directory is located in the reference section of the Law Library (call number KF336.A4 V65 2007), and a copy also is available in the reception area of the Legal Clinic.

Location of Programs

With the externship program

Staffing/Management/Oversight

Kelly Terry
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Clinical Programs
Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Law
ksterry@ualr.edu
501-916-5465

Funding

The Altheimer Public Service Program is funded by a grant from the Ben J. Altheimer Foundation.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Bowen Public Interest Law Society

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Awards/Recognition

Dean’s Certificate of Public Service

A student who completes 100 hours of public service during a 12 month period in which the student is in good standing at UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law will be awarded a Dean’s Certificate of Service, with the award noted on the student’s transcript. A student who completes 300 hours of public service during the period the student is in good standing at UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law will be awarded a Dean’s Certificate of Distinguished Service, which will also be noted on the student’s transcript.

Community Service

The Altheimer Public Service Program undertakes projects designed to benefit the local community.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Kelly Terry
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Clinical Programs
Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Law
ksterry@ualr.edu
501-916-5465

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

The School of Law awards a Dean's Certificate to graduating student who achieve 100 hours of service .

Public Interest Centers

None.

Public Interest Clinics

Delta Clinic

Part-Time Student Practicum Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

Litigation Clinic

Mediation Clinic

Business Innovation Clinic

Consumer Protection Clinic

Externships/Internships

Public Service Externship Course

Part-Time Student Practicum

Classes with a Public Service Component

Professionalism and the Work of Lawyers; Public Service Externship Course; Part-Time Student Practicum

Public Interest Journals

The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service

PI Career Support Center

None.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

None.

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

Graduate Student Funded:

Other Funding Sources:

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

Graduate Student Funded

Other Funding Sources:

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

Graduate Student Funded:

Other Funding Sources:

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

Street Law Program with Hall High School

Student Public Interest Groups

Public Interest Law Society

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