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Nicholas Kalagian

Nicholas Kalagian

Law student from Madison, Virginia by way of Blacksburg, Virginia, Nick always knew he wanted to be an attorney since he was a child.
A 2007 graduate of Madison County High School, Nick went to Virginia Tech to study Political Science and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies in 2011. While at Virginia Tech, Nick took courses to focus on the interaction between the branches of government and the outside influences that affect them. He served as a Resident Advisor for three years as well as a Teaching Assistant for multiple professors.

Nick grew up in a small town that boasts that its cow population is larger than its people population. After moving to Madison in 2004, he fell in love with the small town feel. There, he met the woman who would later be his fiancé. Nick recently became engaged, proposing to his girlfriend of seven years, Dana, at George Washington's Mount Vernon on December 31, 2012. When he saw Grundy and the Appalachian School of Law, he knew he was going to feel at home with Grundy having the same mountainous views and small town characteristics as Madison.

Nick has interned with the Madison County Commonwealth Attorney's Office since 2009 and is currently assisting on a capital homicide case when he is able to get back to Madison.

Nick has been and continues to be involved with multiple student organizations on campus. Nick served as an Associate Editor for Volume 12 of the Appalachian Journal of Law and will serve as the Managing Editor for Volume 13. He is also an Associate Justice on the Student Bar Association's Honor Court, President of the Republican Law Student Association, an assistant coach for the Criminal Law Moot Court team, a research assistant for one of his professors, and serves as a Student Ambassador for ASL. Nick takes as many criminal law courses as he can because he plans to become a prosecutor after graduation.

Nick says: "ASL has been one of the best choices I have ever made. The professors, administration, and staff of ASL have all been welcoming and helpful during my time here. I feel like I have gotten the best law school experience I could have."

Nick will graduate from ASL in May 2014 and will take the Virginia Bar exam.