Juris Master Degree
Appalachian School of Law is the cornerstone for education that is relevant yet innovative, practical yet life-changing. At the forefront in American legal education, ASL offers the degree of Juris Master to candidates for the Juris Doctor program that have successfully completed their third semester. With the Juris Master Degree, ASL students in good academic standing receive recognition for mastering basic legal skills. The Juris Master Degree is in keeping with ASL's leadership role in the legal education community where the school has a well-deserved reputation for its commitment to legal access, community service, and student externships.
Since 2014, ASL has awarded the Juris Master's degree, joining other prestigious law schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and the University of Virginia, that offer the degree. Not only does it recognize student achievement, but it also provides a valuable degree to law students that determine, due to changes in life circumstances, that completing the J.D. is not achievable at the time. Attaining this degree ensures that the students receive something of value that will increase their career marketability. With grounding in the law, students are able to advance their careers with twenty-first century businesses and nonprofit organizations that face an increasingly complex regulatory and legal environment.
Students qualifying for the Appalachian School of Law's Juris Master degree receive their J.M. diplomas during a ceremony in the spring, following completion of their third full semester.