Why Choose ASL?
We have the program, the curriculum, the faculty, and the community service commitment to create a distinctive law school experience and prepare you for an exceptional career in the law. ASL is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.
Top Ranked Externship Program
ASL's curriculum provides students with practical legal experience. Our students also take what they've learned in the classroom and experience it in the real world through ASL's unparalleled externship program, ranked ninth in the nation by The National Jurist. Through this innovative approach, our students work alongside experienced lawyers across the country to learn firsthand what it is like to work in the legal profession.
Caring Faculty with Experience as Practicing Attorneys
ASL students learn from faculty members who are nationally recruited scholars with more than 325 years of law-practice experience combined. More important, though, is faculty members' commitment to sharing what they know with their students to empower them to have successful law careers. With a 16.7 to one student-faculty ratio, you receive personal attention from your professors at Appalachian School of Law.
From faculty and staff to the administrators and student body, ASL students are surrounded by people who want them to succeed at ASL and beyond.
Strong Community Service Commitment
Civic-minded students have a desire to be civic-minded lawyers. ASL believes in developing leaders who want to become outstanding citizens in their future communities. That is why ASL students fulfill 25 hours of community service each semester, a standard matched by only about a dozen law schools in the nation. Appalachian School of Law's faculty, staff, and students have collectively given over 150,000 community service hours to the local community, and ASL is proud to be the recipient of U.S. Presidential Community Service awards. ASL regularly participates in the service programs of a battered womens' shelter, FIRST Lego League robotics competition for grade school students, Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children, free tax preparation for low-income families, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Students and faculty members have developed area hiking trails, stocked local food pantries, provided Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic support for ill and injured Appalachians, served as volunteer firemen, and helped convert a local animal shelter into a no-kill shelter. In addition, ASL students tutor local children and support children's outreach projects.
Strong Alumni Network
ASL alumni leave their mark across the country through vibrant law careers and outstanding volunteer work in their communities. They also remain committed to assisting ASL students and alumni in pursuit of their professional goals. ASL alumni hold positions as trial judges, state legislators, prosecutors, and public defenders. They are partners at major area law firms, work in many positions tied to energy production, and provide legal services to underserved populations across all demographic and socio-economic categories, especially in Appalachia.
The Personal Touch
Appalachian School of Law supports its students in fostering a unique and intimate learning environment unmatched by other area law schools. Small class sizes allow deeper discussion and collegiality, experiential and clinical learning opportunities, as well as increased opportunities for leadership positions with the law reviews, in student government, in other student organizations, and on the moot court, mock trial, and ADR competition teams. Appalachian School of Law will assist you, as a future student, in realizing your dream by providing one-on-one academic support, tutoring, and the preparation needed to successfully pass the bar exam. We invite you to experience life at ASL by visiting our campus. Book an individual tour anytime Monday through Friday and personally experience ASL's community atmosphere. You can register for a tour by calling (276) 244-1203.