April 24, 2013 – Harrogate, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) has designed a new entry point for prospective students with the Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program.
The ATP Program provides an alternative method for assessing a student’s capacity to succeed in law school by giving participants a unique opportunity to demonstrate their aptitude for legal training by successfully completing a condensed law school course. The course, evidence, will be taught by LMU-DSOL faculty members.
“Standardized tests have been difficult for students at all levels of education, including the LSAT. These challenges often prevent capable students from pursuing their educational dreams,” said LMU-DSOL Interim Dean Parham Williams. “The mission of LMU and its law school centers on service to underserved populations in Southern Appalachia. The Admission Through Performance Program is yet another way LMU-DSOL is staying true to its mission.”
To be eligible for the ATP Program, applicants must have been considered for regular admission by the Admissions Committee and Dean. Applicants must have the following items on file:
•a completed application
•a personal statement
•two letters of recommendation
•a current Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
Additionally, applicants must have scored 135 or higher on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) within the last five years and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.0. Applicants without a complete file at this time or new applicants interested in going the ATP Program route still have time to apply.
The ATP Program is completed over four weeks. Participants will receive instruction in the foundations of legal; analysis and take an intensive course surveying the Federal Rules of Evidence. The coursework will run July 11 through August 8, and classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ATP Program concludes with a final examination, which is graded on a 100-point scale. Individuals scoring 70 or higher on the exam will be offered admission to the entering fall class, assuming all other requirements have been met.
The ATP Program is being offered free of charge. Space is limited, so participants are asked to commit to completing the program if they register. No course credit will be given for the course. For additional information on the ATP Program or to register, contact the LMU-DSOL Office of Admissions by email at law.admissions@LMUnet.edu or by calling 865.545.5303.
LMU-DSOL’s inaugural class is slated to graduate in May. LMU-DSOL has Tennessee Board of Law Examiners approval through 2017 so all students may apply to sit for the bar exam in the state of Tennessee.
The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law 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.