New Law Degree Program Options for Averett Students through Partnership with Appalachian School of Law
May 27th, 2021

DANVILLE, Va. (May 26, 2021) – Averett University and Appalachian School of Law (ASL) are teaming up to help students seeking a law degree complete their education sooner.

The new partnership agreement between the two institutions, made official at today’s signing event at Averett University in Danville, Va., consists of two pathways: a three-plus-three dual-degree option and a four-plus-three traditional pathway. Justice (ret.) Elizabeth A. McClanahan, president and dean of ASL, and Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks ceremoniously inked the agreements in front of representatives from both institutions and special guests at Averett’s Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center.

“We are thrilled to partner with Appalachian School of Law to bring a structured, seamless path to our students who want to pursue their law degree,” said Franks. “This partnership is a shining example of how two student-centered institutions are working together to fulfill workforce needs and demands, including those in rural communities, as well as provide upward mobility to diverse students through financial assistance and clear pathways for progress.”

In the three-plus-three dual-degree program, Averett pre-law students who meet certain qualifications will spend three years at Averett in undergraduate study, and receive their baccalaureate degree upon completing the first year of law school. Two years later, they will graduate from ASL with a law degree. Completing both degrees in six years as opposed to seven will save a year’s tuition while preparing them for their entire career in law. A four-plus-three arrangement with preferred admission is also part of the agreement.

“There is no small amount of existential angst among young people these days,” McClanahan said.  “Indecision, doubt and even fear often creep into their thoughts about the future. The very structure of the three-plus-three and four-plus-three models, however, work against those destructive emotions by providing a clearly marked path forward. The expectations of the program, as well as its clearly stated goals, provide Averett students with an aspirational architecture for constructing their own futures.  ASL looks forward to welcoming these students and helping them do just that.”

The agreements include some very generous scholarship packages, making the path to earning a law degree even more affordable for students. Two of the highest level scholarships – each totaling $144,000 in student aid over the course of their time at ASL – will be reserved for Averett students in the three-plus-three program, and students in the four-plus-three can also apply. Additional merit scholarships are also available for qualifying students in either program.

This is the first formal agreement between the two institutions.

About Averett University

Since 1859, Averett University has grown and developed into a dynamic institution that serves students of all ages, offering more than 30 undergraduate majors, minors and special programs, along with seven graduate programs with a number of concentrations. Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change, the University’s historic main campus is embedded in the heart of Southern Virginia with regional campuses throughout Virginia and online. Averett enrolls a diverse student body, and boasts an alumni network that spans the globe. Visit for more info.


About the Appalachian School of Law

ASL exists to provide opportunity for people from Appalachia and beyond to realize their dreams of practicing law and bettering their communities. ASL attracts a qualified, diverse, and dedicated student body, many of whom will remain in the region after graduation and serve as legal counselors, advocates, judges, mediators, community leaders, and public officials. ASL offers a nationally recruited, diverse, and well-qualified faculty, a rigorous program for the professional training of lawyers, and a comprehensive law library. The program emphasizes professional responsibility, community service, experiential learning, and legal practice skills. The ASL community is an exciting, student-centered environment that reveres the Rule of Law, honesty, integrity, fairness, and respect for others. Visit for more info.