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 2014 will be accepted through July 15, 2014.
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 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:
- At least one score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) of 135 or higher within the last five (5) years; and
- 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.
Participation in the ATP Program is by invitation only.
While there is no charge to participate in the program, attendees must commit to completing the program once they start. Space will be limited, so interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions about the ATP Program as soon as possible.
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. Those participants scoring 51-69 may also be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. The Admissions Committee shall review recommendations from the professor of the ATP course and may also review recommendations from any member of the faculty.
The Admissions Committee and the Dean must approve all offers of admission into the ATP Program as well as offers offers of admission to the law school.
Applicants who successfully complete the ATP Program and receive offers of admission from the Admissions Committee and the Dean must provide “official transcripts” from every undergraduate college and/or university attended. All transcripts must arrive at the law school prior to matriculation.. In the event they are not received by the deadline, you will be unable to begin school this year. At least one of the transcripts must indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Applicants are reminded that the ATP 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 this program.
For additional information on the ATP Program or to register for participation, please contact the LMU-DSOL Office at Admissions either through email at law.admissions@LMUnet.edu or by calling 865.545.5303.