April 24, 2012 – Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) has received an extension from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE) to achieve American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation, officials announced on Tuesday.
“Lincoln Memorial University takes great pride in the fact that the State of Tennessee has once again reviewed and approved the LMU-Duncan School of Law,” LMU Chairman O.V. “Pete” DeBusk said. “The trustees and administration of Lincoln Memorial University founded the Duncan School of Law to continue the mission of service to Appalachia. The TBLE has supported this mission from the start. We take it as a supreme vote of confidence that the TBLE has given us until December of 2017 to achieve ABA approval.”
The extension follows a March 29 visit from the TBLE Board, where members met with students, administration and members of the legal community and observed classes. LMU-DSOL originally received TBLE approval in March 2009 with the caveat that the fledging law school seek and receive ABA accreditation. The TBLE approval allows all the School’s graduates to apply to sit for the Bar Exam in Tennessee. The Doctor of Jurisprudence program at LMU-DSOL has approval from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
“The administration, faculty and students of the LMU-Duncan School of Law are grateful to be moving forward and working in cooperation with the American Bar Association and the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. We remain steadfast in our mission to educate ethical lawyers to serve Appalachia and beyond,” said Vice President and Dean Sydney A. Beckman. “Throughout this difficult process, the LMU Board of Trustees and the legal community of Knoxville and all of East Tennessee has remained engaged and supportive. To all the legal professionals who have wrapped their arms around our cause, ‘thank you’ will never be enough.”
LMU-DSOL has approximately 180 enrolled full- and part-time students and 16 faculty members. The inaugural class is slated to graduate in 2013. All graduates of LMU-DSOL may apply to sit for the bar exam in the state of Tennessee.
The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/law.