Appalachian School of Law is a powerhouse of intellectual curiosity nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We invite you to take a virtual tour, to picture yourself here as an ASL student.
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At ASL, you'll give presentations with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment, research legal precedents in the region's finest law library, relax in the Courtyard and the Lion's Lounge, participate in trials in a simulated courtroom, and do so much more.
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You will begin your journey into the legal profession in the Appellate Courtroom. Your first week at ASL will be spent in this room, where you learn what it means to be a law student and a lawyer through the credit course Introduction to Law. You'll also be introduced to the ASL community and begin getting to know your peers. You'll hear lectures on professionalism and study skills that will help you learn how to be successful at ASL and beyond. You'll also start learning your first substantive law intentional torts. At week's end, you'll take an oath of professionalism, administered by a state supreme court justice. Our courtroom replicates those you will encounter in the real world, including a bench that seats seven to eight judges. With tiered seating for 150, this is the largest classroom at ASL. This multimedia classroom is completely wireless.
Our small classrooms provide an intimate setting and a real opportunity to interact with your professors and classmates. Many first-year students are surprised to find no more than 20 students in courses like Legal Process I. During this course, you will explore the basic methods of legal analysis and research. You will learn how to write clear, concise, predictive legal analyses. By course end, you'll even construct and deliver oral arguments. The classrooms are set up for multimedia presentations and are completely wireless. At ASL, you won't search for your professors outside of class. Their offices are close to your classrooms and professors welcome the opportunity to interact with you. They will be your greatest cheerleaders, mentors, and leadership models.
ASL is committed to helping you succeed. Toward that end, our Student Learning and Testing Enrichment Center provides extensive academic support services to students. This includes a mandatory class for selected first-year students, which will focus on skill development. Students also may attend workshops and lectures that stress active learning, from synthesizing course materials to successful test taking. Through the Writing Center, students work directly with the center director to build upon what they've learned in the past about writing and gain the skills needed to make persuasive, logical arguments as a professional lawyer.
Since its inception, ASL has touted practical, hands-on, "experiential" learning as a critical means to preparing students for their future in the legal profession an approach other law schools are just beginning to embrace. During the summer between your first and second years at ASL, you will put what you've learned in the classroom to the test through a seven-week externship for credit. Our students have completed externships all over the country. You might do yours right here in Grundy with a judge at the Buchanan County Courthouse or at a federal agency in your hometown. Through your externship, you'll network with people in the legal profession and gain invaluable confidence-building experience that you will take into your future.
This user-friendly, flexible classroom is the heart of the academic experience at ASL. Beyond classroom lectures, this courtroom also serves as the setting for moot court. As a member of ASL's successful Moot Court Board, you will compete in an interscholastic competition where you will argue a hypothetical case or one that has already been decided by an actual court. Our courtroom replicates those you will encounter in the real world, including a bench that seats seven to eight judges. With tiered seating for 150, this is the largest classroom at ASL. This multimedia classroom is completely wireless.
The Lion's Lounge is the hub of social life at ASL. Students often gather between classes here. Student organizations regularly set up tables to promote events, sell t-shirts, or hold other fundraisers. If you time it right, you might even find free food from student breakfasts to pizza giveaways. Receptions for special speakers and networking opportunities are held in this area. The social space is adjacent to the community service office, where you'll receive the help you need to meet your mandatory 25 hours of community service. Our students meet this requirement by identifying what they're passionate about and then finding a place in the community to express it. It sets the stage for your future role as an active citizen in the community where you will practice law.
Designed to simulate an actual trial courtroom, this room includes a judge's bench, a witness stand, and a desk for the court reporter. It also includes tables for the plaintiff, defendant and their respective counsels, and the jury box. The room has tiered seating for about 50 and is completely wireless. Here, you'll learn the skill of trial practice from a course taught by a local practitioner who serves on the ASL faculty. You'll also take a course on dispute resolution in the courtroom, receiving hands-on experience. Occasionally, local practitioners use the space to pre-try actual cases they are working on in front of a mock jury of ASL students. You may even observe administrative hearings giving you actual courtroom experience without ever leaving campus.
The attractive Courtyard and its tables, chairs, and umbrellas provide a relaxing environment for you to study and enjoy the fresh air. It's also an active area, where student organizations routinely host outdoor luncheons and BBQs and hold meetings. Despite its small size, ASL has a number of dynamic student organizations. And unlike a large law school, you won't have to compete with hundreds of other students for leadership opportunities within those organizations. Beginning as early as your first year, you can get involved and stay involved throughout your ASL career and build your résumé at the same time.
This first-class building is at the heart of the ASL campus. Its state-of-the-art classrooms include drop-down screens, providing an ideal setting for video distance learning so you can hear from guest lecturers across the country.
The modern ASL Library provides a bright workspace and the resources you will need for your law studies. The library has a number of individual carrels, as well as small study rooms that accommodate up to 15 students. You'll also have access to a computer lab, where some teaching takes place, too. The knowledgeable library staff will go out of its way to help you find the answers to your questions. The library is the best resource law library in the region and, as such, provides an ideal place for you to connect with local practitioners who frequently use its resources.
ASL has always been committed to serving the needs of central Appalachia. As part of that mission, ASL has expanded its emphasis on natural resources law through the acquisition in 2010 of the Natural Resources Center, located within walking distance of campus at 1432 Walnut Street. The center allows ASL to grow its joint graduate natural resources program with Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources. The center, scheduled for use in 2012, will include a practice clinic where students may assist income-qualified citizens with issues related to natural resources.
You begin your ASL career in the Appellate Courtroom, and you also end your ASL career in this space, designed to replicate appellate courtrooms you will find in the real world. This is the year in which you will really use the courtroom to prepare yourself to hit the ground running once you have graduated. You will learn from instructors who have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they bring to the classroom. During the spring semester, you will take Bar Preparation Studies. This course will build on the analytical, writing, and organizational skills you have received at ASL and further prepare you to pass the bar examination in July. The course focuses on exam subjects, ranging from constitutional law to contracts, criminal law and procedure to evidence, real property and torts.
Graduation. You'll look back with pride at all you've accomplished, grateful for the experiences you've had, the relationships you've formed with your ASL family, and the confidence you have in yourself and your future in the legal profession. ASL holds graduation off campus to accommodate the supporters who turn out to cheer on our graduates so plan to invite all of your friends and family to celebrate this extraordinary milestone. A reception is held in the ASL Courtyard after the ceremony.