LITTLE ROCK — Kolbie Tollett, of De Queen is one of 141 first-year law students who started at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law during the fall 2018 semester.
The new students include 108 full-time and 33 part-time law students and range in age from 21 to 57 years old. Out of the new students, 32 percent are first-generation college students and 9 percent are military veterans.
The new class represents a variety of different background and experiences from 64 different undergraduate institutions. Students include military officers, business owners, teachers, musicians, dancers, athletes, paralegals, and parents.
New Bowen students started off the school year by volunteering at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary School and Early Childhood Center for their First Week community service project on Aug. 11. The goal of this project was to allow law students to put Bowen's core value of public service to work.
"So many of our students enter law school with aspirations of public service that tend to get buried beneath a stressful first-year curriculum," said Rejena Grotjohn, assistant dean for student affairs. "The purpose of the First Week community service project is to keep our first-year students focused on the reason many of them chose to apply to law school."
At Rockefeller, law students repainted basketball goals and attached new nets, repainted the U.S. map on the playground, as well as constructed a paper tree in the cafeteria that they filled with encouraging notes to students and teachers. Additionally, Bowen students landscaped Rockefeller's main entry by planting flowers and greenery, mulching and irrigating the flowerbeds, painting retaining walls, weeding around the grounds, and trimming crepe myrtles on the campus.
At Bowen, students are required to complete an experiential learning course prior to graduation. With public service externships, a judicial practicum course, and seven legal clinics, students can explore almost any type of public service law career.
With about 11,000 students and 100 programs, UA Little Rock offers learning, research, service, social and career opportunities that can only be found at a metropolitan university located in Arkansas' capital city.