The Appalachian Journal of Law


The Appalachian Journal of Law (Law Journal) is a full text publication that provides a forum for issues that shape the lives of the people and communities of Appalachia as well as surrounding areas. The Law Journal includes an array of legal issues concerning many rising legal and political topics, such as alternative methods of dispute resolution and community service, and it functions as a medium for discussion to provide accurate and practical information for legal practitioners, the judiciary, community leaders, students, and educators. The Law Journal’s first publication was in September of 2002. It is published annually by student editors of the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, VA.

The Law Journal’s first publication was in September of 2002. To ensure that all students at ASL have an opportunity to join, the Law Journal has held a write-on competition every year since the summer of 2003.

Executive Editorial Board, Senior Editors, & Associate Editors

The Executive Editorial Board (Executive Board) manages the Law Journal.  The Executive Board positions include: Editor In Chief, Executive Editor, Articles Editor(s), Notes & Comments Editor(s), and the Managing Editor. The prior year’s Executive Board elects current Executive Board members.  Third year students who do not serve on the Executive Board serve as Senior Editors.  The Senior Editors directly supervise the editing and critiquing work of Associate Editors on the Law Journal’s lead articles. The Associate Editors positions include: Stylistic Editor(s), Footnotes Editor(s), Sources Editor(s) and/or Final Editor(s) or any other position deemed necessary by the Senior Editor.

To be eligible to serve on the Law Journal’s Executive Board during a student’s third year, a student must serve one year on the Law Journal as an Associate Editor in an acceptable manner and write a note that the Executive Board and faculty advisor deems to be of publishable quality. The note requirement ensures that Associate Editors receive a rigorous writing experience during their second year in law school.  It also ensures that all third year Executive Board members have sufficient experience to direct and supervise the work that Associate Editors do on the Law Journal’s lead articles.

It is important to note that if a student does not want to serve on the Executive Board during their third year, but wants to simply be a Law Journal member then they do not have to write a note if they do not wish to do so. However, the student must still participate in the write-on competition that is held during the summer each year in order to be eligible to be selected as a member, and they will not be eligible for the seminar required credit.


Satisfaction of Seminar Requirement

Students who serve two years on the Law Journal in an acceptable fashion and who write a publishable note may substitute that service for the two-credit Seminar Requirement in their third year.


Information for Authors (Article Submissions)

The Appalachian Journal of Law encourages the submission of unsolicited manuscripts for publication. Manuscript submissions should be double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1” margin, text aligned to the left (except for headings) on letter size paper and an electronic copy forwarded, by flash/thumb drive or email (Microsoft Word preferred) to or the Senior Articles Editor (see below); citations should be in footnote form. The text and citations of the Appalachian Journal of Law should generally conform to the current ALWD Citation Manual (Apsen L. & Bus.) and The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style.