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Appalachian School of Law

ASL provides a practical education that goes beyond theory to the actual practice of the law. The curriculum is rigorous and aimed at giving students the skills and knowledge they will need for their future career. Students must complete 90 semester hours of courses. The community service program, which requires 25 hours of service each semester, enhances that coursework.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 265
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 143 - 149
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.73 - 3.51
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 67.19%
Tuition $31,525

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About Appalachian School of Law

ASL provides a practical education that goes beyond theory to the actual practice of the law. The curriculum is rigorous and aimed at giving students the skills and knowledge they will need for their future career. Students must complete 90 semester hours of courses. The community service program, which requires 25 hours of service each semester, enhances that coursework.

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The Appalachian School of Law is a young, private institution, organized in 1994 and given full accreditation from the American Bar Association in 2006. The traditional-looking campus is very beautiful and the library is “new.” Wireless Internet access is available and, in recent years, “The technology aspect of the Law School has shown a significant improvement.” Students report that “trial advocacy training,” “moot court programs,” and other “practical courses” are “first rate” at ASL. The mock trial team “has trounced big names” in national competitions. “The law school’s emphasis on practical legal skills has thor­oughly prepared me for everyday situations in the general practice of law,” says a 3L. “I will graduate and know what to do in a courtroom besides espouse constitutional theory with opposing counsel at lunch.” Appalachian also “distinguishes itself from the majority of other law schools by requiring 150 hours of community service.” A summer externship is also “required of all first-year students.” “The community-service require­ment promotes student involvement in law school organizations, benefits the community, and strengthens the reputations of both ASL and the legal profession in general,” explains one student. “The summer externship program provides all rising 2Ls with the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gained from first-year classes to real-life situ­ations.” There is also a “mandatory alternative dispute resolution requirement,” though the school seems keener on this than the students.The “knowledgeable” and “very approachable” professors here are “down-to-earth people who have a wide variety of legal experience” and “extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of the subjects they teach.” Their dedication means that “they are exceptionally concerned with bar passage” and always “available outside of the class­room.” “My experience at the Appalachian School of Law has been nothing short of exceptional,” confides one student. “The teachers love interacting with the students and are our greatest cheerleaders, mentors, and leaders.” “Faculty turnover” has been a problem, though. The “remote location” is “not the most appealing place” for academics to “hang their hats for the long term.” However, “The town and area are progressing.”Students tell us that “the greatest strength” of their law school is its “concern and respect for students as individuals.” “The administration, faculty, staff, and students have created a community where you can receive an excellent legal education in the midst of the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains,” explains one student. However, there is a “communication gap between students and administration,” mean­ing that “it often takes days to cut through whatever hidden red tape or underlying ineptness or unwillingness exists.” “The administration is very unpredictable” as well. “I realize every new school needs to work out its quirks, but ASL especially needs to do so,” gripes one student. Career Services could stand to be “more active,” and there seems to be a revolving door regarding deans. “The school appears to promote diversity among our deans with the tenure running about a dean a year,” observes a wry 2L.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 88

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 20
Full-Time Faculty 18
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 2
Faculty Gender 65% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 65% Male
35% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 84%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $31,525 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $31,525 $31,525

Financial Aid

64% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Incoming Class

Appalachian School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 143 - 149
LSAT Total 143 - 149

Appalachian School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.73 - 3.51
Total 2.73 - 3.51

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 70%
First Time Pass Rate 67%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 82%

Employment

Average Starting Salary $45,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 24 38%
Firm Sized 11-25 2 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 2%
Business Industry 13 21%
Government 11 17%
Public Interest 1 2%
State Clerkship 5 8%
Academia 2 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 17 19%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
KY 10%
NC 16%
VA 38%

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