Natural Resource Law

Natural Resources Law Program

The Appalachian School of Law is continuing to bolster its offerings in Natural Resources and Energy Law. ASL’s location in southwestern Virginia, the heart of the Appalachian oil and gas and coal-producing region, makes an emphasis on the topic a natural fit.

Mission
The ASL Natural Resources Law Program’s mission is to train attorneys to navigate the increasingly complex world of natural resources law in terms of energy production, conservation, and improving sustainability. At the center of this mission is ASL’s commitment to offer a place for rational discussion, intelligent debate, and collaboration to foster cutting-edge programs and innovative scholarship with the ultimate goal to make students more effective and scientifically grounded policymakers and advocates.
Partnership with Virginia Tech
Interested students may earn a joint Certificate of Graduate Study in Natural Resources from ASL and the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources. Students at both schools can take a combination of courses at both institutions both traditionally and via distance learning. Students must take 12 credit hours of approved coursework to earn the certificate.
Distinguished Professorship in Real Estate Law
Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth McClanahan became ASL’s first Street Memorial Distinguished Visitor in Real Estate Law. McClanahan, an expert in natural gas, coal and oil issues, grew up in Buchanan County. She practiced law with the Law Offices of PennStuart in Abingdon and was a recognized expert in real estate law, regularly lecturing, writing, and publishing on various related topics. She was the 1994 El Paso fellow at the University of Colorado Natural Resources Law Center. She served as Virginia’s chief deputy attorney general prior to the Virginia General Assembly appointing her to the bench and served eight years on the Virginia Court of Appeals. The General Assembly elevated her to the Virginia Supreme Court, making her only the fourth female justice to serve on the Court.
Current and Former Employers of ASL Graduates

Alpha Coal Sales
Alpha Natural Resources
British Petroleum
CNX Land Resources Creekmore Law Firm
Environmental Protection Agency Equitable Resources
EQT Production Company
Frontier Energy Group
Jackson Kelly
Jones & Associates
Street Law Firm
Mountain Institute
Noble Energy
Penn Stuart & Eskridge
Rhino Energy
Shell Oil
Steptoe & Johnson
Teco Coal Corporation
VA Dept of Environmental Quality
Western Land Services
Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs
York Professional Land Services