Valerie D. James is the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Scholarships. Before joining UNT Dallas College of Law in June 2013, James served as the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Scholarships at the University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law from 2011 to 2013. Prior to being promoted to the position of Assistant Dean for Admissions and Scholarships, she served as its Assistant Dean for Student Affairs from 2009-2001, working specifically with the student body in the areas of academic success, bar passage, student advising, and student services.
James graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003 with a B.A. in Professional and Technical Writing and a B.A. in Criminal Justice. She received her J.D., with honors, in 2008 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She received the National Association of Women’s Lawyers Outstanding Woman Graduate award. She was also named Bowen Student Representative for the National Academy of Trial Lawyers, member of Bowen and BLSA mock teams, academic success lead mentor, and Paralegal of the Year by the Arkansas Association of Legal Assistants.
While in undergraduate and law school, she worked as a senior paralegal and law clerk at the Little Rock law firm of Mitchell, William, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. After receiving her law license in Arkansas in 2008, she joined the firm as an associate. Her practice experience included the areas of business and commercial litigation, business tort, bankruptcy, employment discrimination, and pro bono.