Mission & History
ASL, founded in 1994, began with the pioneering vision of local lawyers and leaders who wanted to bring a law school to Central Appalachia. Regional officials quickly embraced the idea and formed a steering committee to get the ball rolling. ASL's first class of 71 students was admitted in August 1997.
ASL exists to provide opportunity for people from Appalachia and beyond to realize their dreams of practicing law and bettering their communities. We attract a qualified, diverse and dedicated student body, many of whom will remain in the region after graduation and serve as legal counselors, advocates, judges, mediators, community leaders, and public officials. We offer a nationally recruited, diverse, and well-qualified faculty, a rigorous program for the professional training of lawyers and a comprehensive law library. The program emphasizes professional responsibility, dispute resolution, and practice skills. The ASL community is an exciting, student-centered environment that emphasizes honesty, integrity, fairness, and respect for others. We also emphasize community service and staff and faculty development. At the same time, we are a full participant in our community, serving as a resource for people, the bar, and other institutions of the region. (adopted by the Board of Trustees, March 14, 2000)