About LMU Law
Our Heritage. Your Future.
Located in beautiful East Tennessee, Lincoln Memorial University is steeped in a rich heritage – one tied to Appalachia’s history, culture, and geography. Proud of its past as it looks to the future, LMU founded the John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law to become a key player in training tomorrow’s lawyers. At LMU Law or LMU-DSOL, we are excited about our future and we want you to be part of it! Our location, excellent faculty, first-rate facilities, and rigorous curriculum provide a learning environment that puts us – and our students – at the forefront of modern legal education. Join us, and be part of a pioneering approach to training lawyers of the future.
In our few years of operation, LMU Law has already begun making positive impressions wholly disproportionate to our size. We have quickly established a rapport with members of the bench, the bar, and the wider community. Our faculty are experts in their fields who also participate in public service initiatives with local schools, clinics, social agencies, and other organizations. Anxious to see law come to life, most of our students are active in pro bono work, internships, externships, and countless student organizations that contribute to the life of the Law School. Our students have also enjoyed success in moot court competitions and mock trial tournaments. These activities complement a comprehensive classroom experience offering small classes, accessible teachers, and an academic support program that one external consultant described as one of the best in the country. If you are interested in an excellent legal education that is anything but conventional, we invite you to explore our website and see how we can help you unlock your potential.
It’s okay to use your laptop or tablet in our classes. In fact, we issue them to our students so they can do exactly that! At LMU Law, our teaching model uses interactive software to help students interpret, analyze and apply legal concepts. Our faculty can also use these programs to test group and individual progress throughout the semester in order to identify learning challenges. But our innovations don’t end here. Our classes are recorded and can be converted to files for later viewing or listening on computers, laptops, and a variety of mobile devices.
Since much of a lawyer’s time is spent finding information, LMU Law’s curriculum places a heavy emphasis on mastering the art of legal research in the twenty-first century. Unlike most law schools, our librarians do not sit at circulation desks. They are positioned throughout the Law School and are constantly available to support the research needs of students and faculty. They are also integrated into our Academic Support Program and help students develop the research skills they will need during law school and beyond graduation.
Passionate and Skilled Faculty
Any law school’s strength lies in the quality of its faculty. LMU Law is proud of its faculty who demonstrate an uncommon devotion to student success and to remaining current in their respective areas of expertise. Our faculty are frequently invited to speak at conferences in the US and abroad. Their scholarly writings can be found in leading publications and reflect a commitment to exploring both the theoretical and practical dimensions of their research fields. These scholarly pursuits enrich classroom instruction, helping our faculty challenge students to look beyond their textbooks by placing law in a variety of contexts. LMU Law’s faculty also support student life by mentoring, serving as faculty advisors, and supervising various organizations housed in the law school.
Innovative and Insightful Teaching
At LMU Law, legal education is not merely an academic process, but an invitation to see the world from different angles. As forward-thinking teachers, our professors have made it their mission to do more than teach. They have consistently demonstrated a willingness to make use of our small classes and to ensure each student gets a level of individualized attention considered rare in law school. We are confident that our learning spaces offer a unique combination of technology, intimacy, and academic rigor that will help LMU Law alumni become tomorrow’s path-breaking leaders in law, business, public interest advocacy, government, and anywhere the fulfillment of their dreams may take them.
Commitment to Each Student’s Academic Success
Just as mechanics need their tools, law students and lawyers alike require a mix of core competencies. These include the ability to: read large volumes of material, identify and analyze relevant pieces of information, conduct thorough legal research, produce high-quality written work, and present effective oral arguments on issues of law. Our faculty includes a talented team of experts who help students develop their craft as tomorrow’s lawyers. Students are divided into small groups where they prepare a variety of skills-based assignments designed to refine some of the technical skills required for a twenty-first century law practice.
Few Places Sit At So Many Historical and Cultural Crossroads.
Our cutting-edge facilities lie within walls that tell the story of Knoxville itself. The Law School occupies five interconnected buildings located near Knoxville’s historic Old City. The main building was built in the 1840s and housed the Tennessee School for the Deaf. The school occupied this site continuously until 1924, except for a three-year period during the Civil War when the building served as a hospital. The property served as the site of Knoxville’s City Hall from 1925 until 1980. A mix of tenants used the facilities until their latest renewal as a state of the art facility that is also listed on the national register of historic places.