April 11, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) graduates who sat for the February 2014 administration of the Tennessee bar exam posted an 85.71 percent pass rate for first-time takers, improving upon the school’s July 2013 pass rate by four points. In total 95% of LMU-DSOL graduates who have sat for the exam have passed.
“LMU-Duncan School of Law students continue to perform above the national average for first-time bar exam takers,” said LMU-DSOL Dean and Vice President Parham Williams. “These most recent bar passage results mean that 95% of our graduates who have taken the Tennessee bar exam have now passed. I am very proud of every one of them.”
A school-by-school comparison of the February 2014 exam results has not been released by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE). The statewide pass rate for the February 2013 Tennessee bar exam was 71.5 percent for first-time exam takers. The Tennessee bar exam is administered annually in February and July.
The performance of LMU-DSOL’s graduates on the Tennessee bar exam shows that the school, which is currently approved by the TBLE and is seeking provisional ABA accreditation, complies with each of the bright-line bar passage requirements established by the ABA for accreditation, one of which requires that, in at least three of the past five calendar years, 75 percent or more of the students who took the exam the year they graduated passed it.
“We are delighted with the strong performance of our law graduates on the Tennessee bar exam,” said LMU President B. James Dawson. “By improving on the very strong performance from the inaugural class, this group of graduates provides further proof of the excellent legal education LMU-DSOL provides. The entire LMU academic community is extremely proud of their accomplishments and we will continue to assist them as they become productive and responsible members of the Tennessee legal community.”
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 law.lmunet.edu.
Regarding ABA Accreditation
The Dean is fully informed as to the Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools by the American Bar Association. The Administration and the Dean are determined to devote all necessary resources and in other respects to take all necessary steps to present a program of legal education that will qualify for approval by the American Bar Association. The Law School makes no representation to any applicant that it will be approved by the American Bar Association prior to the graduation of any matriculating student.
For additional information regarding the process, please see the ABA Law School Accreditation Process. For general information, contact the ABA (www.abanet.org/legaled) at American Bar Association, section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598 or call (312) 988-6738.