Appalachian School of Law

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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. ASL was also the site of a triple homocide that took place on January 16, 2002.

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Appalachian Law School Admissions

Appalachian Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 41% of its applicants. Comparatively, Appalachian is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 328 132 (40.24%) 33 (10.1%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.78 3.17 3.41
LSAT 142 146 150

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $31,325 $31,325
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: N/A
  • Living off-campus: $16,170
  • Living at home: N/A

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 09/01
  • Early Decision 2: 06/01
  • Regular Decision: 04/01
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Appalachian Law School Community

Appalachian Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Below Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Appalachian is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 10
  • Part Time: 5


  • # Female Faculty: 8
  • # Minority Faculty: 1


11.0 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Appalachian Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Appalachian Law School 1L section size is 180% smaller than law schools in Virginia and 232% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Appalachian Law School: 44
Virginia Average: 123
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 220
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 130

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 46
  • Law Journals: 42
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 32.7%
  • Second Year: 9.3%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Appalachian Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Appalachian Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 73% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 100.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 51.0%
  • Business: 27.0%
  • Government: 13.0%
  • Public Interest: 1.0%
  • Academia: 4.0%
  • Virginia: 28%
  • Kentucky: 15%
  • Tennessee: 13%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 100.0%
  • First Time Takers: 102
  • Average School: 44.1%
  • Average State: 76.1%
  • Pass Difference: -32.0%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Virginia: 72.4%
  • Passed: 8 of 24 (33.3%)
  • State Average: 76.1%
  • Difference: -39.1%