LMU Law considers applications for our full-time and part-time programs on an ongoing or rolling basis; thus, there is no formal deadline. However, due to the complexity of verification, no application can be considered for admission to our entering fall class beyond July 15th.
Like most law schools, LMU Law’s Admissions Committee will review applications and recommend acceptances where a particular applicant appears to have the necessarily qualities required for success in law school and in legal practice. While an applicant’s undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) and Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score are the most traditional factors determining admissions decisions, the Admissions Committee will also consider letters of recommendations, awards for academic performance or community service, extra-curricular or co-curricular activities, evidence of a strong work ethic and maturity, and an ability to contribute to the diversity of the LMU Law community.
Applications for classes starting in August 2015 will be accepted through July 15, 2015.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
In the event an applicant is not offered admission through our traditional process, subject to certain criteria, the Admissions Committee and Dean may still consider the applicant for our Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program.
Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program
The Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program provides participants with the unique opportunity to demonstrate their aptitude for legal training by completing a condensed law school course taught by a member of the Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) faculty. Law schools have historically considered a student’s GPA and LSAT scores as predominant factors in considering an application for admission. Our ATP Program allows applicants to complete a course similar to those taught in most law schools, thereby allowing success in the ATP Program to supplement traditional admissions criteria in assessing an applicant’s ability to withstand the rigorous demands of a legal education. There is no charge to participate in the program.
The ATP Program is available to students who have applied for regular admission to either the full-time program or part-time program for Fall 2015. In order for an applicant’s file to be considered by the Admissions Committee and the Dean, the applicant must have submitted an application, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report. Once received by the Office of Admissions, the Admissions Committee and the Dean will consider whether to extend an invitation to participate in the ATP Program.
Additionally, in order to be considered for the ATP Program, participants must have:
(1) At least one score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) of 138 or higher within the last five (5) years; and
(2) A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
If a prospective participant has yet take the LSAT or does not possess at least 138 or higher on the LSAT within the last five years, he or she can still participate in the ATP Program provided he or she is registered to take June 2015 LSAT and the Office of Admissions has received the prospective student’s application, personal statement and two letters of recommendation by the deadline date. All items must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than Thursday, June 4th so the Admissions Committee and the Dean can determine whether to extend an invitation to participate in the ATP Program. Notwithstanding the decision to admit a prospective participant to the ATP Program, if a participant fails to achieve at least 138 on the June 2015 LSAT, he or she cannot take the final exam in the course. If a participant achieves a higher LSAT score on the June 2015 LSAT to merit reconsideration of his or her application, the Admissions Committee and the Dean reserve the right to make a regular offer of admission thus negating the need to take the ATP Program final exam.
The format, structure, and guidelines of the ATP Program for Summer 2015 have yet to be decided and approved by the faculty. Nonetheless, in an effort to provide you with a frame of reference about the program the details of the Summer 2014 ATP Program are listed below.
The ATP Program consisted of eight (8) class sessions, and participants receive instruction in the Foundations of Legal Analysis as well as a Survey of Criminal Procedure. Classes were conducted on Saturdays from 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. (including one hour for lunch) and started June 7, 2014.
CLASS DAY & DATE APPROX. CLASS TIMES
ATP Program – Class #1 Saturday, June 7, 2014 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
ATP Program – Class #2 Saturday, June 14, 2014 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
ATP Program – Class #3 Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
ATP Program – Class #4 Saturday, June 28, 2014 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
ATP Program – Class #5 Saturday, July 5, 2014 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
ATP Program – Class #6 Saturday, July 12, 2014 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
ATP Program – Class #7 Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
ATP Program – Class #8 Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
ATP Program – Final Exam Saturday, August 2, 2014 9:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
The ATP Program concluded with a final examination on Saturday, August 2nd. The exam was conducted from 9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., and it was graded on a 100-point scale. Participants who scored 70 or higher on the examination were offered admission to the entering part-time fall class assuming all other requirements are met, including approval by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. Those participants scoring 51-69 were also considered for admission by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. The Admissions Committee reviewed recommendations from the professor of the ATP Program and considered recommendations from other members of the faculty or administration.
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 2PM on August 13th. At least one of the transcripts must indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Additionally, unless otherwise stipulated, successful ATP Program participants who are admitted and matriculate in August 2014 and who earn a cumulative grade point average of less than 1.8 after their first semester, thereby necessitating academic dismissal, will receive a full refund for any tuition paid.
Applicants are reminded that the program is a supplemental 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. Moreover, all traditional methods of evaluating capacity for success, including LSAT and undergraduate grades, will be considered.
The decision of the Admissions Committee and the Dean cannot be appealed.
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 law.admissions@LMUnet.edu or by calling (865) 545-5303.