Philander Smith College Offers a New Pipeline Program to Law School

Philander Smith College, a historically Black educational institution in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law have teamed up to create a pipeline program with the goal of increasing the number of African American students seeking careers in law.

The program provides guaranteed acceptance to the Bowen School of Law for Philander Smith College graduates who meet specific criteria. Philander Smith College alumni qualify for the 4+3 program if they earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40 in college; scored a 154 or above on the Law School Admission Test; and have no character and fitness issues that would disqualify them from being admitted to the bar.

The law school will offer a 25 percent tuition scholarship to accepted students from Philander Smith College. Additional scholarship opportunities will also be available.

“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 Smith College President Dr. Roderick L. 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.”

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