Unlike many law schools, ASL does not have a cutthroat environment. In fact, during the first year, ASL does not rank its students. That way, competition is between students and their coursework versus between one another.
Spirit of cooperation
ASL cultivates an environment of cooperation, support, and collaboration. It strives to challenge students to succeed, but also gives them the tools they need to do so. Students do not have to wait for weeks to schedule an appointment to see their professors. Instead, professors make themselves available and are even willing to meet students over a cup of coffee, lunch, or dinner.
Bonding through service
ASL students also bond through community service activities, such as:
- Buchanan County Community Christmas Collaborative – assisting families in need at Christmas time
- Annual ASL 5K – raises money for endowment scholarships that were created to build a stronger community through the memory of Tom Blackwell, Tony Sutin, and Angela Dales
- Trunk-or-Treat – A cooperative effort of the Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce, Town of Grundy, Buchanan County Tourism and the Grundy Kiwanis Club, Trunk or Treat allows businesses, organizations and individuals to distribute treats from the trunks of their vehicles, or from tables set up on the sidewalk around the area of the courthouse.
ASL campus security information can be found here: Annual Safety and Security Report
The Appalachian School of Law does not require students to provide proof of immunization, however we encourage all students to take proactive measures concerning their health. Information regarding Immunization schedules and availability can be found at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epidemiology/Immunization/.