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Michael Rose

Michael Rose had heard good things about ASL and how it was positively affecting the local area.

 "To have the chance to pursue a dream this close to home is an opportunity that most will never receive," he said. "I'm very fortunate to be able to earn my law degree in the region I call home."

The community service that ASL students perform has had a big impact on Rose, who volunteered at the local Remote Area Medical event this past fall. He had heard about the event while growing up nearby, but this was the first time he had participated. The RAM event provides area residents who are in need with free or reduced-cost medical care. "It was humbling to see the hundreds of people standing in line for hours to receive the free treatment. The time I spent at the clinic really reminded me of how often people take things for granted," he said.

Before coming to ASL, Rose whetted his appetite for the law by studying criminal justice at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia, and working in law enforcement with the nearby Dickenson County Sheriff's office. He has lined up an externship with a nearby prosecutor for the summer.

"As a police officer, you most often see only the results after the law has been applied by the courts," he said. "Studying law in the law school setting has given me the opportunity to study and learn about multiple areas of the law, the process in which to apply these rules of law, as well as aided in my understanding of how and why many of these rules of law exist."