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ASL e-news Office of Student Services February 2011

Fee waiver extended for Fall ‘11 applicants


n an effort to help prospective students save money, the Appalachian School of Law is eliminating its $60 application fee for the remainder of the Fall 2011 admissions cycle. Recently, the Admissions Office has noticed a large volume of calls from interested students requesting that ASL waive its application fee. ASL had previously promoted an individual fee waiver as a way to expand its presence on Facebook. Applicants were instructed to request an individual code that waived the fee when they submitted their application. Now,

applicants do not need a code to submit their application and there is no payment process. ASL has implemented fee-waiver promotions in the past, but this is the first year the school has extended the waiver. The fee waiver applies to ASL’s 2011 applicants only. To chat with an admissions counselor or to stay updated with recent information, search for "Appalachian School of Law Admissions and Financial Aid" and join the Facebook group. ASL's Facebook group is growing steadily and has been an effective way for ASL to communicate with interested students.

Inside this issue ... ASL: An economical choice u 2 Scholarship opportunities u 2 Mark your calendar: Upcoming events u 3 How to contact us u 4

Small-school advantages at a small price tag


he Appalachian School of Law is an affordable choice compared with other private law schools in the mid-South region. Over their three-year career, students can save thousands of dollars at ASL compared with other regional private law schools. ASL’s 2010-11 tuition was $28,000 per year, which bests Virginia’s already-low average yearly tuition for private law schools when compared with other states in the region. Tuition at private law schools in Virginia averages $31,906. In Delaware, that number was $34,800; in North Carolina, it was $36,268; in Washington, D.C., it was $38,030; and in


ASL’s yearly tuition of $28,000 still bests Virginia’s already-low private law-school average of $31,906. Tennessee, it was $44,900.* As a private, independent law school, ASL boasts small class sizes with a student-professor ratio of 15.8 to 1. Students are able to form real relationships with faculty, and class participation and discussion are the norm. ASL boasts an innovative curriculum that can easily respond to the changing needs of students and fledgling lawyers. We emphasize

ll first-year students in 2011-12 are eligible to apply for the Angela D. Dales Merit Scholarship Program, aimed at making ASL more affordable for deserving candidates. Dales scholarships are awarded in the form of a credit against the tuition charged to the recipient. Eligibility is determined based on LSAT scores and undergraduate grade point average as determined by the Law School Admission Council. At ASL, a student must maintain a predetermined level of academic performance to retain the award. ASL has a limited number of Dales scholarships, and they are awarded on a first-come, firstserve basis. Accordingly, prospective students should apply to ASL as early as possible. Awards are not final until the applicant has been accepted and paid his or her seat deposit. Transfer students are not eligible.

practical skills training with a required externship program, professors who have more than 300 years of combined practice experience, and an extensive academic success program that helps students excel in school and pass the bar. Finally, as a smaller institution, ASL is proud to offer the kind of intimate environment that bigger schools can’t match. You will learn all of your classmates’ names, joke with our welcoming staff, and get to know your neighbors in Grundy through day-to-day life and community service efforts. *Tuition numbers taken from school websites. Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maryland do not have any ABA-accredited private law schools.

Eligibility Criteria, Dales Scholarships Trustees’ scholarship (100 percent tuition) u LSAT of 153 or higher u GPA of 3.3 or higher Dean’s scholarship (50 percent tuition) u LSAT of 152 or higher u GPA of 3.0 or higher Faculty scholarship (25 percent tuition) u LSAT of 151 or higher u GPA of 3.0 or higher Throughout their studies at ASL, Dales scholarship recipients must maintain certain standards of academic performance to retain their awards. Criteria vary according to a student’s year in school. For scholarship retention criteria, please visit the financial aid section of ASL’s web site at

Upcoming events ASL’s active faculty, staff, and student body ensure that there’s plenty to do during the school year. Here’s a small sample of what’s on tap in the next couple of months: Feb. 8, 11 - On-campus Air Force JAG interviews in the Career Services office Feb. 10 - Phi Delta Phi initiation and reception Feb. 12 - Valentine’s Day Fete Shake off the winter blues at this semi-formal event. Enjoy dancing, food, drinks, door prizes and a Silent Auction to benefit the Class of 2011 graduation fund. Feb. 16 - Apollo Nite Talent show sponsored by the Black Law Student Association. Leave your booing at home! Feb. 22 - Strategies for Legal Success workshop: “Exam Writing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” March 14 - SLATE workshop: “The Bar Exam: Multistate Performance Test Part I” March 26 - 8th Annual ASL Memorial 5K Both racers and walkers welcome. Load up on your carbs at the “Pasta on the Plaza” dinner the night before. March 26 - ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS March 26 - ASL Awards Banquet ASL honors its stand-outs, academic and otherwise. Highlights include the Annual Memorial Awards, in which students honor peers who exemplify class, character, and spirit. March 28 - Panel Discussion: “The Bar Exam: Do It Once, Do It Right.” Alums who passed the bar the first time return to campus to share their tips and strategies.

Appalachian School of Law Student Services Office Nancy Pruitt Director of Student Services and Registrar

Jason McGlothlin Senior Admissions Officer

Dove Powers Admissions Counselor

Tammy Bentley Financial Aid Officer

Pam Walsh Assistant to Student Services

Adrienne Hurley

On the web u

Follow ASL on Facebook


Follow the SLATE Center on Twitter


Follow ASL’s Library on Twitter


Contact an Admissions staffer via Skype (contact Dove Powers at to schedule a time)

Assistant to Student Services u

Visit our website at (We’re currently under construction to serve you better!)

Contact us Phone: 276-935-4349, option 2 Fax: 276-935-8496 E-mail: Visit: 1169 Edgewater Dr. Grundy, Va. 24614 8 a.m.. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Application for Admissions The Appalachian School of Law has a paperless admissions process. You can access our entrance requirements by going to our website at or by going to the Law School Admissions Council’s website at

ABA accreditation The Appalachian School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. The American Bar Association may be contacted through the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598; 312-988-6739.

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