Campus community

What kind of community can I expect at ASL?


Community of Support

"Supportive" is the word that best describes ASL.

Professors are approachable and available, staff members are there to assist students at every turn, and fellow students want each other to succeed.

Noncompetitive environment

Unlike many law schools, ASL does not have a cutthroat environment. In fact, during the first year, ASL does not rank its students. That way, competition is between students and their coursework versus between one another.

Spirit of cooperation

ASL cultivates an environment of cooperation, support, and collaboration. It strives to challenge students to succeed, but also gives them the tools they need to do so. Students do not have to wait for weeks to schedule an appointment to see their professors. Instead, professors make themselves available and are even willing to meet students over a cup of coffee, lunch, or dinner.

Bonding through service

ASL students also bond through community service activities, such as:

  • Buchanan County Community Christmas Collaborative - assisting families in need at Christmastime
  • Annual ASL 5K - raises money for endowment scholarships that were created to build a stronger community through the memory of Tom Blackwell, Tony Sutin, and Angela Dales
  • ASL Jug Band ("GrunDMC") - musically gifted ASL students who perform regularly at retirement homes and campus events

Relay for Life, Team Sandy

ASL supports efforts to find a cure for cancer

Relay For Life is part of ASL's community service efforts. This year, "Team Sandy" is dedicated to Associate Dean, Sandy McGlothlin, who has been fighting breast cancer.