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Hendrix Joins UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law Pathway Program

Program provides direct law school admission to qualifying Hendrix graduates

CONWAY, Ark. (February 16, 2024) — Hendrix College has joined the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law’s Pathway Program for students who wish to pursue legal education and earn the Juris Doctor credential to attend the Bowen School of Law.

“We are excited to partner with the Bowen School of Law in this program for students who wish to attend law school,” said Hendrix President Karen Petersen. “Hendrix has a strong tradition of preparing students for successful admission to law school, as well as many alumni who have attended Bowen and gone on to successful careers and contributed significantly to their communities in Arkansas and across the country.”

Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the institutions, students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix with a grade point average of 3.4 or higher, scored 154 or higher on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) within the previous five years, demonstrate good character, and have no issues that would hinder admission to the bar qualify for the pathway program and will be guaranteed admission to Bowen.

“We have always had a strong relationship with the Bowen School of Law. Many Hendrix students have gone on to study law at Bowen, and they generously share their experiences, as well as their expertise, with current students through guest lectures, mentoring, and the occasional internship,” said Dr. Kim Maslin, professor of politics and pre-law advisor. “Arkansas is fortunate to have this first-rate institution, and we look forward to continuing to grow this partnership in the coming months and years.”

Hendrix joins five other Arkansas institutions in the pathway program. These partnerships represent a shared commitment to facilitating access to legal education and building a more robust legal workforce in Arkansas.

“We’re pleased to announce this collaboration with Hendrix College, as it aligns with our mission to address the pressing need for legal professionals in our state,” said Colin Crawford, dean and professor of law at the Bowen School of Law. “This memorandum of understanding provides a streamlined pathway for qualified students, helping to mitigate barriers to legal education.”

About Hendrix College

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges and celebrated among the country’s leading liberal arts colleges for academic quality, engaged learning opportunities and career preparation, vibrant campus life, and value. The Hendrix College Warriors compete in 21 NCAA Division III sports. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. Learn more at  

“… Through engagement that links the classroom with the world, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living, the Hendrix community inspires students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.” —Hendrix College Statement of Purpose