University description (as per official university website)
The Appalachian School of Law (ASL) provides an exhilarating, yet challenging, environment to pursue the Juris Doctorate degree. ASL is dedicated to education that produces graduates who are competent to practice law and who are committed to living up to the highest ethical ideals for which the legal profession stands.
This school is unique in its deep commitment to community service and leadership, which distinguishes it from virtually all of the other 200 law schools in the country. ASL students are required to volunteer 25 hours each semester on community service projects, ranging from dispute resolution training to humane society management, in a four-county area. Only 11 other law schools have similar mandatory programs.
In addition to providing the foundation knowledge and skills essential for taking the bar examination and beginning practice, the curriculum and co-curricular activities are designed to prepare students for leadership and service in the twenty-first century. Problem solving skills, ethical behavior, and professional responsibilities extend beyond the practice of law to all aspects of the community.
The Appalachian School of Law 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 staff and faculty development. At the same time, we are a full participant in our community, serving as a resource for people, the bar, and other institutions of the region. (adopted by the Board of Trustees March 14, 2000)
Throughout this site, youíll find important news and information about the schoolís activities and resources. Youíll also learn why ASL is not just a wonderful school, but also a wonderful community. Our faculty is unmatched in their intelligence, experience and commitment to legal education, and they make ASL a rich, rewarding place to learn. Our alumni are competent, well-respected members of the legal profession. Our students are eager to learn and serve the community in which they live. Their cultural, racial, ethnic, and economic diversity enriches and advances ASLís educational mission.
How do I apply for a scholarship from ASL?
The Angela D. Dales merit scholarships are awarded automatically to first-year students based upon entering credentials. If you received a merit scholarship during your first year, you automatically will be considered for the continuation of a merit scholarship during your second and third years based on academic performance. You must meet the retention criteria applicable to your class in order to retain all or part of your scholarship.
For more information regarding the Angela D. Dales Merit Scholarship program and other available scholarships Click Here.
Financial Aid Basics
How much can I get in financial aid?
Attaining a legal education is a significant investment of a studentís time and financial resources. Students should be aware of all of their financial responsibilities and make wise financial decisions before, during and after they attend the Appalachian School of Law (ASL). Students need to realize that they are investing in their futures, but that the investment can be considerable. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students borrow conservatively at all times and be diligent in budgeting their money wisely.
ASL realizes that students come to the Law School from various backgrounds, experiences, and lifestyles; however, the student cost of attendance (COA) budget allows for a simple lifestyle Ė that of a law student. As the adage goes, ďIf you live like a lawyer while a student, you will live like a student when a lawyer.Ē
Federal regulations govern the creation of the student cost of attendance (COA) budget and dictate that it cover only expenses incurred during periods of enrollment and may include only education-related expenses. ASL reviews the COA figures for possible adjustment every year. Basic allowable items include tuition and fees, books and supplies, lodging and food, transportation, student loan fees, and certain personal/miscellaneous expenses. Items the government will NOT allow in the student cost of attendance budget include moving expenses, prior loan debt, credit card debt, car payments, and expenses incurred out of the studentís actual period of enrollment. The regulations do allow for specific COA increases for special circumstances including students with disabilities to accommodate reasonable needs to attend classes; students paying dependent day care or adult day care expenses directly related to the studentís attendance (not for job purposes); students who have medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance while enrolled; and a studentís one time computer purchase expense.
The links below show the Cost of Attendance for full-time students for the entire 2010-11 academic year. The first-year budget contains an allowance of purchase of a laptop computer (students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to have a computer) and for living expenses during the summer externship; these two elements are not included in the budgets for second- and third-year students. Remember that this budget is used for determining eligibility for student loans, as well as other purposes. This budget is an estimate of the average cost, and your actual cost of attendance may vary.