First Year Law Students Join ASL Ranks

Grundy, VA (August 13, 2019) – Sixty new first year law students arrived on the campus of the Appalachian School of Law this week to begin classes. Second year and third year students will arrive back on campus next Monday to start the new academic year.

Twenty-three states are represented in this year’s entering Class of 2022. First year students this year hail from Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Montana, New Mexico, North CarolinaNebraska, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Maine, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida and Oregon.

During Monday’s opening session, ASL Dean Sandy McGlothlin welcomed students to campus, noting to ASL and its faculty, students are more than just a number.

“You are not just an LSAT score or an undergraduate GPA to us,” McGlothlin said, noting ASL’s admissions team carefully selects which students will be offered admission to the law school. “Congratulations and welcome to the ASL Class of 2022.”

McGlothlin gave students a brief history of the school, its founding and the buildings which comprise the law school campus.  She said the school’s location in Grundy is something of which ASL is proud. Since the school graduated its first class in May 2000, McGlothlin noted more than 1,500 students have graduated from ASL.

She told students she will be retiring as Dean in three weeks, with soon to be retired Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth McClanahan stepping in as ASL Dean, September 2. She added they will have the opportunity to meet the new dean later in the week and that she would still see them around campus after her retirement as dean, as she will continue to teach classes there.

“We take pride in being in a location where you can hear yourself think,” McGlothlin said. “It’s a location we believe to be an excellent location to study and to learn to think like lawyers.”

She told students it will take a lot of hard work to get through law school and she urged them to treat it as a full-time job.  However, she told them the key to success is balance and she urged them to take time to spend with family and friends in addition to taking the time to study.

She introduced faculty members and each told a little about themselves and the classes they will be teaching.

“Altogether, our faculty has a total practice experience in the neighborhood of 300 years,” McGlothlin said. “They have each practiced law in the areas of what they are here to teach you about.”

McGlothlin noted ASL professors have an open-door policy and are willing to meet with students to assist students in finding answers to their questions or addressing their concerns.

“Three years from now when you graduate you will have received an education to provide you with the tools to use in whatever endeavor you choose to pursue with your law degree, whether it’s private practice, business, education, or  government service,” McGlothlin said.

In addition to the opening and welcome session, entering students in their first week will also attend numerous other orientation sessions designed to familiarize them with what to expect before and during class, an introduction to Law Journal and Moot Court, legal writing, legal doctrine, campus safety and code of conduct, time management and an intro to Southwest Virginia.

A welcome cookout will be held on campus on August 14.

Opening activities will continue with the professionalism oath to be administered on Friday, August 16.

Opening activities are set to conclude Monday as the school hosts a business services vendor fair designed to familiarize students with the community and what it has to offer.



Members of the Appalachian School of Law Class of 2022 were on campus Monday for orientation events. The students pictured were joined by additional first year students who arrived on campus later in the week. The Class of 2022 has 60 members.


August 13, 2019

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Posted February 13th 2021 Posted by Brian Presley