Student Organizations

American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society is a national organization of law students, law professors, practicing lawyers, and others. We seek to revitalize and transform the legal debate, from our classrooms to our courtrooms. We seek to counter the dominant vision of American law today, a narrow conservative vision that lacks appropriate regard for the ways in which the law affects people’s lives. We seek to restore the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their rightful—and traditionally central— place in American law.

Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal

ASL Cares

AWIL- Association of Women in Law
Association of Women in Law (“Where there’s A.W.I.L., there’s a way”) is an egalitarian, consensus-based organization concerned with issues facing women in law. The group, which welcomes all students, participates in community service projects, networks with women lawyers in the Appalachian School of Law region, and hosts discussions of gender-related topics.


BLSA – Black Law Students Association
The purpose of the Black Law Students’ Association is to represent the diverse views of the black community through the black law students and associates who represent them at The Appalachian School of Law; to promote the welfare of its members through educational, professional, cultural, and social programs; and to provide a forum for the discussion of local and national issues affecting both the black law student community and ASL community as a whole.

Charitable Endeavors

Christian Legal Society
The Christian Legal Society (“CLS”) is a non-denominational membership organization of lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students, working in association with others, to follow the command of Jesus “to do justice with the love of God.” (Luke 11:42, Matthew 23:23). CLS is international in scope, with more than 90 attorney chapters and 165 law student chapters located in more than 1100 cities, in all 50 states and in 10 foreign countries. The mission of CLS is to identify, equip, and mobilize “a national grassroots network of lawyers and law students committed to proclaiming, loving and serving Jesus Christ, through all that we do in the practice of law, and by advocating biblical conflict reconciliation, public justice, religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.” The ASL chapter of CLS meets regularly throughout the school year to share prayer, Bible study, and fellowship. The chapter also works on projects of service to ASL and the community. All are welcome to attend.

Criminal Law Society
The Criminal Law Society of The Appalachian School of Law is dedicated to keeping students informed of developments in the criminal law area, as well as increasing students’ exposure to networking and career opportunities. Toward this end, the Society will sponsor discussion groups, invite outside speakers, and promote curricular and co-curricular activities in the criminal law field. The Society is apolitical; however, the Society will facilitate student membership in political groups representing defense attorneys or prosecutors.

DLS – Democratic Law Society


EMLS – Energy & Mineral Law Society

Federalist Society
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

Knitting Circle

Hamilton Society

ILS – International Law Society

Outlaw is a student organization affiliate of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA), a national association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals. Its mission includes keeping its members and the ASL community informed of the effects of current law on people based on their sexual orientation. Outlaw has sponsored film nights and discussion groups in the past. In the future, Outlaw also plans to host outside speakers on LGBT topics. Membership is open to all members of the ASL community.

PAD – Phi Alpha Delta
The L. Anthony Sutin Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity was chartered in 2002. Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s largest legal fraternity. The purpose of the fraternity is to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement, so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.

PDP – Phi Delta Phi
The Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, established in the year 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics, is among the oldest legal organizations in North America. It holds a unique position in the history of the North American bench and bar. Phi Delta Phi is the world’s largest legal fraternity whose membership is restricted to students and practitioners of the law. Phi Delta Phi holds monthly meetings for fellowship and planning. Yearly events include: “GrundyPalooza,” an Initiation Ceremony and cocktail party in the Fall Semester and “Ethics Week” in the Spring semester.

RLSA – Republican Law Student Association
The RLSA is a local Republican student organization formed at The Appalachian School of Law to foster and promote the mission and goals of the Republican Party. All ASL students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join. The RLSA holds bi-monthly meetings during the academic semester and hosts the annual All-American Ball during the Fall semester.


Sports & Entertainment

SPIA – Sutin Public Interest Association
Sutin Public Interest Association is ASL’s chapter of Equal Justice Works, formerly the National Association of Public Interest Law. The objective of this association is to promote awareness, educate, and empower public service-minded law students in upholding Dean Sutin’s strong beliefs in serving the public. The founders of this organization were dedicated to surmounting barriers to equal justice that affect millions of low-income individuals and families. Today, the association leads the country in organizing, training, and supporting public service-minded law students, and in creating summer and postgraduate public interest jobs.

VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance


Other Student Organization Positions
1L, 2 L, & 3L Senators
1L, 2L, & 3L Honor Court
ASL Committees
Student Activities Council
ABA Representative
Legacy Committee
Mental Health Committee
Property Management Committee
New Organization Review