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Bluefield College Signs Pact with Appalachian School of Law

Students in Bluefield College's criminal justice program now have easier access to law school, thanks to a new pact with the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia.  During a recent ceremony on the BC campus in Bluefield, Virginia, Bluefield College's President David Olive and the Appalachian School of Law's Dean Lucy McGough signed an articulation agreement giving Bluefield graduates "preferential consideration" for admission to ASL.
"We are appreciative of the relationship established with the Appalachian School of Law," said Dr. Olive, "and while we have had students attend there in the past, this agreement will provide greater access to students who are seeking a legal education."
The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that every Bluefield College graduate who meets standard AppalachianSchool of Law admission requirements is accepted as a student for graduate work at ASL.
"We are extremely pleased with this partnership," said Dean McGough. "The Bluefield alumni who have come to ASL are excellent students, and they become excellent lawyers."
According to the agreement, in order to take advantage of the preferential admissions program, Bluefield College students must first, among other requirements, earn their bachelor's degree, record a grade of at least 176 on the Law School Admissions CouncilIndex, score at least 148 on the Law School Admissions Test, and provide letters of recommendation that demonstrate the student's character, professional promise, and personal commitment to law study.
‘The missions of Bluefield College and the Appalachian Law School are nearly identical – to provide the highest quality education for students from the historic Appalachian region and to prepare students for community service and leadership within the region," said Dr. Kim Farmer, chair of BC's Department of Criminal Justice. "Through this agreement, we acknowledge the considerable, mutual benefits that a preferential admissions program can bring to both Bluefield College and the Appalachian School of Law."
Joining Dr. Olive, Dean McGough and Dr. Farmer for the signing ceremony were BC's Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Mimi Merritt; ASL's Director of Admissions Jackie Pruitt; BC's Vice President for Enrollment Management Trent Argo, and ASL's Director of Development Karen Harvey.
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