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George Mason University Doesn't Want Its Law School to Be Called 'ASSoL' Anymore

"The Antonin Scalia School of Law" is a bit problematic when abbreviated.

by Rumana Shaikh
Apr 6 2016, 5:02pm

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It looks like George Mason University was so excited to rename its law school after the recently departed Justice Antonin Scalia that they didn't take the time to realize its new name—the Antonin Scalia School of Law—was a bit problematic when abbreviated. Luckily, as NPR reports, a ton of people on the internet were happy to point out the new, unfortunate acronym: ASSoL.

After endless jokes about attending ASSLaw went viral on Twitter, George Mason sent a letter to students and alumni announcing it was once again changing the school's name due to "some acronym controversy on social media"—it will now be known by the less-funny Antonin Scalia Law School, or ASLS.

Not everyone is happy about the law school's new name, though. Some students don't want to graduate with Scalia's name on their diploma, and others just simply preferred ASSoL.


According to the New York Post, the original decision to rename the law school was proposed by an anonymous donor, who offered GMU a hefty $20 million donation so long as its law school was renamed to honor the late justice.