About this course
ASL exists to provide opportunity for people from Appalachia and beyond to realize their dreams of practicing law and bettering their communities. We attract a qualified, diverse and dedicated student body, many of whom will remain in the region after graduation and serve as legal counselors, advocates, judges, mediators, community leaders, and public officials. We offer a nationally recruited, diverse, and well-qualified faculty, a rigorous program for the professional training of lawyers and a comprehensive law library. The program emphasizes professional responsibility, dispute resolution, and practice skills. The ASL community is an exciting, student-centered environment that emphasizes honesty, integrity, fairness, and respect for others. We also emphasize community service and provide a resource for people, the bar, courts and other institutions of the region.
- Admission decisions are not based on a single criterion. Each application is read and each item is considered in relation to the applicant's total qualifications. The Law School requires the following:
- Bachelor's Degree - A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution along with transcripts from each college, university, or high school dual-enrollment program attended. Applicants must send this information to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) via the Law School Admission Council.
- Applicants must be United States citizens or a United States permanent resident. All permanent residents must submit a copy, front and back, of their residency card. ASL is not authorized to issue I-20 documents required to obtain an F-1 student visa.
- LSAT Score - No minimum score is required to apply. If an applicant has multiple LSAT scores, the admissions committee will consider the highest score reported. ASL will not accept an LSAT score if the test date exceeds five years prior to the date a student would enroll at ASL. ASL's LSAC school code is 5829.
- Letters of Recommendation - ASL requires two letters of recommendation but will accept up to four. Applicants should send letters directly to the CAS via the Law School Admission Council.
- Personal Statement - Write a personal statement of 500 words or fewer describing your professional goals, qualifications, and aspirations that touches on why you want to become a law student. Make sure your personal statement is neat and grammatically correct.
- Resume – highlight professional, educational, and community activities
- Apply now for Fall 2016
- If you are admitted and matriculate at ASL, you will be required to obtain official copies of all undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts by a specified date, typically two weeks before the first day of class. Additionally, if the transcript you sent to the Law School Admission Council contained work that was still in progress at the time of your application, you will need to submit a final copy to them, too.