The purposes of the Arkansas Bar Association include the following:
- Advance the Administration of Justice.
- Foster and maintain on the part of attorneys high ideals of integrity, learning, competence and public service, and high standards of conduct.
- Encourage the legal profession and its individual members to perform more effectively and efficiently their responsibilities in the public interest.
- Conduct a program of continuing legal education for attorneys
- Provide a forum for the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law.
- Improve the judicial and legal process, and advance law and order.
- Encourage practices that improve the honor and dignity of the legal profession.
The Association's Diversity Statement as approved by the Board of Governors in 2014 states:
In order to better implement its stated purposes, the Arkansas Bar Association is committed to fostering diversity among the bar and bench. Diversity is an inclusive concept and encompasses, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status. A more diverse bar enables greater innovation and more civility in the legal professions by exposing its member to a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, life experiences, and talents. By mirroring the diverse population of Arkansas, a diverse bar and bench would provide greater understanding and access to justice to all its citizens. The Arkansas Bar Association through its leadership directly and by its Commission on Diversity seeks to achieve a greater understanding of diversity issues and greater diversity of the bar itself.