In today’s fast-paced world, success in any discipline demands not only the ability to think critically but also the proficiency to put thoughts into action. While some educational institutions prioritize theoretical learning, Appalachian School of Law recognizes the significance of a comprehensive approach that emphasizes both thinking and doing. 

ASL firmly believes that experiential learning is the key to bridging the gap between theory and practice. By providing numerous externship and internship opportunities, ASL ensures that its students actively engage in advanced classes that impart highly practical lawyering skills and strategies. The ultimate goal, as articulated by Dean Faulkner, is to equip students with the tools necessary to embark on a successful legal career from day one.

Our commitment to preparing “practice-ready” graduates sets it apart from institutions that solely focus on theoretical knowledge. While theoretical understanding is undoubtedly crucial, ASL acknowledges that true mastery of any discipline comes through hands-on experience. By integrating experiential learning opportunities into its J.D. curriculum, ASL enables its students to develop a well-rounded skill set that combines theoretical knowledge with practical application.