Toured the UALR campus yesterday and will be attending this fall. Everyone I met there seemed very open, friendly and pretty laid back. I got the impression that the it's a tight knit community and most people know each other. Very positive experience.
From what I can gather UA and UALR are not too far off prestige-wise IF you plan on practicing in Arkansas. The farther you travel, the more UA's name recognition comes into play. I hope to work in central AR, so it was a non-factor for me.