There is no separate application fee for the ASL application, but you must apply through the Law School Admissions Council. For more information, please contact an admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 276-244-1203
For information and other requirements for students transferring from another law school, please visit Transfer to ASL.
Visit the ASL E-App, on the Law School Admissions Council website. This allows us to review your application efficiently and return a decision to you quickly.
Admission decisions are not based on a single criterion. Each application is read and each item is considered in relation to the applicant's total qualifications. The Law School requires the following:
- Bachelor's Degree - A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution along with transcripts from each college, university, or high school dual-enrollment program attended. Applicants must send this information to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) via the Law School Admission Council.
- Applicants must be United States citizens or a United States permanent resident. All permanent residents must submit a copy, front and back, of their residency card. ASL is not authorized to issue I-20 documents required to obtain an F-1 student visa.
- LSAT Score - No minimum score is required to apply. If an applicant has multiple LSAT scores, the admissions committee will consider the highest score reported. ASL will not accept an LSAT score if the test date exceeds five years prior to the date a student would enroll at ASL. ASL's LSAC school code is 5829.
- Letters of Recommendation - ASL requires two letters of recommendation but will accept up to four. Applicants should send letters directly to the CAS via the Law School Admission Council.
- Personal Statement - Write a personal statement of 500 words or fewer describing your professional goals, qualifications, and aspirations that touches on why you want to become a law student. Make sure your personal statement is neat and grammatically correct.
- Resume – highlight professional, educational, and community activities
- If you are admitted and matriculate at ASL, you will be required to obtain official copies of all undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts by a specified date, typically two weeks before the first day of class. Additionally, if the transcript you sent to the Law School Admission Council contained work that was still in progress at the time of your application, you will need to submit a final copy to them, too.
Other, optional considerations include an applicant's graduate work, character, work history, professional promise, personal commitment, recommendations, life experience, connection to the Appalachian region, and non-academic achievements. We are happy to discuss our admissions process and criteria with potential applicants at any time. If you have any questions, contact us or chat with an admissions counselor on Facebook.
All documents received by Appalachian School of Law in connection with such applications for admission become the property of the law school. Under no circumstance will they be duplicated, returned to the applicant, or forwarded to any agency or other college or university.
Submit applications online through the Law School Admissions Council website. This allows us to review your application efficiently and return a decision to you quickly.
2016 Applicant Timeline
- September 1 - ASL's application for Fall 2016 is active through LSAC. If you have questions about the application process, please contact our admissions office at email@example.com or 276-244-1203. You may also check your application status online here.
- February 6 - LSAT test date.
- April 1 - First seat deposit due for regualar admissions, $200.
- June 1 - Second seat deposit due for April depositors, $300. (For applicants who receive decisions after April 1st, seat deposits are due within two weeks of receipt of one's admissions offer letter.)
- June 6 - Last LSAT that can be accepted for Fall 2016 application.
- August 1 - Official transcripts due in Registrar's Office.
- Mid-August - Orientation and Introduction to Law Week for all 1L's.
LSAC's Credential Assembly Service simplifies the admission process for law school applicants. Ensure that your entire undergraduate, graduate, professional, and law school transcripts; letters of recommendation; and evaluations are sent to LSAC. The LSAC summarizes and combines the material with your LSAT score and writing sample in a report that they send to the law schools to which you apply. Most applicants use the electronic applications included as part of CAS to apply to law schools. (Individual law school application fees are not included as part of CAS.) When law schools receive your completed application, the school will request your law school report from LSAC.
JD CAS Report
American Bar Association law schools require the use of CAS for JD applicants. If you are a JD applicant who has studied for more than one academic year outside the United States or Canada, you can use CAS for transcript evaluation and authentication if required by the law schools to which you are applying. The JD CAS service is included in the CAS subscription fee.
The Appalachian School of Law does not discriminate in admissions decisions on the basis of age, color, handicap, disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Law School is committed to providing full opportunities for the study of law and entry into the legal profession by qualified members of groups that have been victims of discrimination in various forms. To this end, the potential of applicants from these groups is of special concern in individual admissions decisions. ASL encourages qualified women and minorities, people with disabilities, and people who have overcome significant disadvantages to apply for admission. Applicants are free to disclose in the application or their personal statements information concerning their gender, race, disability, or past disadvantages if they want the Admissions Committee to consider these factors.