The Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program provides an alternative method for assessing law school preparedness and is available to students who have applied for regular admission to Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL). Qualified applicants who have not yet been offered admission to the entering fall class can be considered by the Admissions Committee and Dean for the ATP Program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must have the following items on file:

  • a completed application;
  • a personal statement;
  • two letters of recommendation; and
  • a current Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).

Additionally to be considered for the ATP Program, applicants must have:

(1)   At least one score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) of 135 or higher within the last five (5) years; and

(2)   A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

The ATP Program gives participants a unique opportunity to demonstrate their aptitude for legal training by completing a condensed law school course taught by a member of the LMU-DSOL faculty. As an alternative to the traditional reliance on a student’s GPA and LSAT scores, the program allows applicants to complete course similar to those taught in most law schools, thereby demonstrating their potential for law school success.

While there is no charge for the ATP Program, participation is by invitation only.

The ATP Program is completed within four weeks and is structured as follows: Participants will receive instruction in the foundations of legal analysis and take an intensive course surveying the Federal Rules of Evidence. Summer 2013 classes begin July 11 and end August 8. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., and every other Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

The ATP Program concludes with a final examination, which is graded on a 100-point scale. Participants scoring 70 or higher on the examination will be offered admission to the entering fall class assuming all other requirements are met, including approval by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. (In exceptional circumstances, those participants scoring 51-69 may also be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee and the Dean.) The Admissions Committee will review recommendations from the professor of the ATP course and may also consider recommendations from other members of the faculty.

Space will be limited, so interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions about the ATP Program as soon as possible.

The Admissions Committee and the Dean must approve all offers of admission into the ATP Program and the School of Law

Applicants who receive offers of admission to start in the fall must provide “official transcripts” from every undergraduate college and/or university attended. Transcripts must arrive at the law school by 2:00 P.M. on August13, 2013. At least one of the transcripts must indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Applicants are reminded that the program is an alternative means of assessing suitability for legal education. Therefore, LMU-DSOL cannot guarantee a fixed number or percentage of participants will successfully complete the program and be offered admission.

Pursuant to ABA Standard 304, LMU-DSOL does not grant course credit for participation in this program.

For additional information on the ATP Program or to register for participation, please contact the LMU-DSOL Office of Admissions either through email at or by calling (865) 545-5303.

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Lincoln Memorial University - John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is provisionally accredited
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