Accreditation and Approval
It is important to understand the accreditation and approval processes. Accreditation is governed by the American Bar Association, and approval is governed by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.
On February 24, 2009, the Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law received approval from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE) rendering graduates eligible to apply to take the Tennessee Bar Examination pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, Section 2.03.
On April 19, 2012, the Lincoln Memorial University School of Law received an extension from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners for its graduates to be eligible to apply to take the bar examination in Tennessee until December 31, 2017. The date was later extended again to May 31, 2018.
For information about the approval of the Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law, please contact the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (www.state.tn.us/lawexaminers/) at 401 Church Street, Suite 2200, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0740 or call 615.741.3234.
Additionally, Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law is seeking provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA).
Accreditation from the ABA is a two-step process. The first step for all new law schools is to seek provisional accreditation. Students at provisionally approved law schools are given the same recognition as students as fully approved law schools. Upon award of provisional approval, students enrolled at the institution at the time of approval and who subsequently graduate from that institution are deemed graduates of an ABA-approved law school.
It should be noted,
The law school is not currently approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association and makes no representation to any applicant that it will receive approval from the Council before the graduation of any matriculating student.
The second step is full approval, which requires full compliance with all ABA Standards. A provisionally approved law school may apply for full approval no earlier than two years after receiving provisional approval and must obtain full approval within five years after receiving provisional approval. (ABA Standard 102 (a))
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.
Finally, one should be aware that Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctorate degrees.
On April 27, 2009, the SACS-COC granted approval for the University to offer the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree program ensuring that students are eligible for federal financial aid.
For information regarding this regional accrediting body and to verify Lincoln Memorial University’s Level VI membership, contact the Commission on Colleges (www.sacscoc.org) at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500