ASL Signs Dual Degree Pact with Bethany College

GRUNDY, VA (SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) – A new 3+3 Dual Degree Agreement between the Appalachian School of Law (ASL) and Bethany College in Bethany, WV, has been signed. The agreement, which takes effect immediately, will allow students attending Bethany College the opportunity to earn both their bachelor’s degree and their juris doctor degree in six years, instead of the traditional seven years.

A short ceremony memorializing the agreement was held at Bethany College last Thursday while ASL’s new Dean, Justice (ret.) Elizabeth McClanahan was on campus to deliver Bethany College’s annual Fall Convocation address.

Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia.

Bethany College President, Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, along with Provost, Joseph Lane, joined McClanahan in signing the agreement between the two institutions.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are looking to earn a legal degree while minimizing their cost and time,” Lane said. “Appalachian School of Law, under the leadership of new Dean, Justice Elizabeth McClanahan, offers a highly interactive and practical opportunity to study law for Bethany graduates.”

Rodenberg announced the agreement between Bethany College and the Appalachian School of Law at the Fall Convocation.

To be eligible for the dual degree program, Bethany students must complete required work in their major fields, pass their comprehensive exams, make a 153 or better on the LSAT and earn a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in three years, Lane said.

Appalachian School of Law, in Grundy, is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and its graduates are eligible to take the bar exam in any U.S. state and the District of Columbia.

In addition to legal coursework, students at Appalachian School of Law are required to complete 25 hours of community service each semester.


September 17, 2019

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