Appalachian School of Law

The Appalachian School of Law (ASL) is a fully accredited private law school on a four building campus in Grundy, Virginia, a small town near the convergence of Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The school offers a three-year Juris Doctor degree, and enrolls approximately 370 full-time students. The law school was founded in 1994 and it admitted its first class of students in August 1997. ASL was started and brought to Buchanan County, Virginia as a tool of economic development for the region. The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. ASL is notable for its focus to community service and leadership, emphasizing professional responsibility and alternative dispute resolution in its curriculum and requiring students to complete 25 hours of community service per semester in order to graduate. Each student is also required to complete an externship before graduation. According to ASL's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, half of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. ASL was also the site of a triple homicide that took place on January 16, 2002. Princeton Review named ASL one of the 168 best law schools. According to law professor blog "The Faculty Lounge", based on 2012 ABA data, 38.5% of graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission, 9 months after graduation, ranking 178th out of a total of 197 law schools in the United States. 

Our Mission & History
ASL's mission is to produce lawyers with a sense of professional responsibility who will become leaders in their communities. The school was founded in 1994, and the first class of 71 students was admitted in August 1997. ASL is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Students are eligible to take the bar exam in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Our Program
What sets ASL apart is its deep commitment to community service and leadership. ASL takes an innovative approach to education, going beyond just talking about the law to actually experiencing it through an emphasis on practical skills and an incomparable externship program. The curriculum is rigorous, but students are supported by a mentoring faculty, dedicated staff, and encouraging classmates. ASL maintains a focus on dispute resolution, ethics, and professional responsibility.

The Appalachian School of Law is a Private university located in Grundy.
The Appalachian School of Law was founded in 1994.
The current president of Appalachian School of Law is Lucy S. McGough.
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