Appalachian School of Law

Appalachian School of Law

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Appalachian School of Law is in Grundy, Va., in the extreme western region of the state, making it more accessible to students in Kentucky, West Virginia and eastern Tennessee than those in the central part of its own state.

And the location was strategic: It opened as a stand-alone law school in 1997 to serve residents of the entire Appalachian region.

“We are committed to and take great pride in our ‘Cheers Effect,’” said Dean Lucy McGough. “Here at ASL, everybody not only knows your name, but also is invested in your success in law school, in passing the bar and in ensuring your professional career.”

Appalachian School of Law prides itself on giving law students a practical education. Students take an externship class and then participate in a six-week externship program under the guidance of an experienced attorney or judge during the summer between their first and second years in law school.

“Every student has an externship experience, a placement in which the student can explore potential careers and be engaged in the practice of law before graduation,” McGough said.

In their second years, students take a dispute resolution class, which has become an academic focal point for the law school in the last few years, as this area of law has grown professionally. Third-year students are required to take a comprehensive class that prepares students for the bar exam, and students must complete 25 hours of community service per semester in order to graduate.

Stories in Back to School 2013

Admission Profile
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75th Percentile1473.1
25th Percentile1402.6
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$13000
Percent receiving grants96.40%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 77.40%
NJ Employment65.5
Bar Passage58.10%
Academic Profile
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Environmental/Natural Resource Law