ABA Required Disclosures

Standard 509 of the American Bar Association Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools requires all law schools to disclose a variety of consumer information on its website. This page provides convenient access to that information.

The ABA Standard 509 Information Report contains basic information about LMU Law for proscribed periods regarding admissions data, tuition and fees, living costs, and financial aid; scholarships and grants; enrollment data, including academic, transfer, and other attrition; numbers of full-time and part-time faculty, professional librarians, and administrators; class sizes for first year and upper class courses; number of seminar, clinical and co-curricular offerings; and bar passage outcomes as well as other required areas in an ABA-approved format.

Employment Outcomes

Detailed employment statistics for our recent graduates, including our ABA Employment Summary Report, are listed below:

Conditional Scholarships

Beginning in 2016 LMU’s Duncan School of Law no longer awards scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing. In order to remain in good standing academically students must a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000. Thus, any scholarship awarded will be renewed automatically as long as a student remains in good standing academically.

Scholarship awards will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and Dean at the end of each academic year.

Prior to 2016 LMU Law awarded conditional scholarships as defined by ABA Standard 509. A conditional scholarship is any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing.

Conditional Scholarship Retention
Year of Matriculation             # Entering With             Conditional Scholarships       # of Conditional Scholarships       Reduced or Eliminated
2015-2016 45                                  4
2014-2015 23                                  3
2013-2014 20                                  6
2012-2013 13                                  9
2011-2012 11                                  6
2010-2011  0                                  0
2009-2010  0                                  0

Refund Policies

Listed below is our refund policy. (Also see § XV.D. of our Student Handbook, pp. 48-49, which can be accessed here

In the event that a student withdraws from the School of Law, the policy for refunds of tuition and fees will be based on the following schedule for fall and spring semesters: If the student withdraws on or before the first official day of class, 100% of applicable institutional dollars will be refunded. If the student withdraws after the first official day of classes and during the first week of the semester, 90% will be refunded; during the second week, 75% will be refunded. During the third week, 50% will be refunded. During the fourth week, 25% will be refunded. Students who withdraw after four (4) weeks will not receive any refund.

A different and more abbreviated schedule will apply to summer and maymester semesters. For example: A typical summer course that begins on or about June 1 and concludes on or about July 31 would have the following refund schedule:

  • 100% credit – June 1
  • 90% credit – June 3
  • 75% credit – June 7
  • 50% credit – June 9
  • 25% credit – June 11

Any time after June 11, no credit will be given for dropping or withdrawing from the course.

The Office of Student Accounts will determine all refund calculations for institutional charges (i.e. tuition and fees) based upon the official withdrawal date submitted by the Associate Dean for Academics. Any questions regarding tuition and fee refunds or charges incurred due to withdrawal should be addressed to LMU’s Office of Student Accounts at 423.869.6282.

Financial Aid

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 regulate how colleges and universities handle Title IV funds when a recipient withdraws from school. This policy is separate from the University’s refund of institutional charges. The return of Title IV funds, which is handled by LMU Law’s Financial Aid Office, includes all Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS loans received during the current semester in attendance. The policy states that up through the 60% point in each semester, a pro-rata schedule will be used to determine how much Title IV aid the student has earned. The percentage of time completed in the enrollment period is determined by dividing the number of days completed by the number of days in the enrollment period. If 60% of the semester has been completed, there is no return of Title IV funds. For example, if the student has attended 31% of the enrollment period, the student has earned 31% of his/her Title IV aid, and 69% of the aid must be returned to the federal government. After the 60% point in the semester, the student has earned 100% of the aid for which the student was eligible. Additional information on the return of Title IV funds may be obtained from LMU Law’s Financial Aid Office.

Transfer of Credit Policy

Listed below is our transfer of credit policy (Also see § XXV. of our Student Handbook, pp. 90-93, which can be accessed here).

XXV.  TRANSFER STUDENTS

  1. Credit earned prior to matriculating at the School of Law:
    1. Applicants who have completed the equivalent of the first semester of law from a school that is either approved by the American Bar Association or is state approved (possible in Alabama, California, Tennessee, Massachusetts) may apply to transfer to the School of Law.Transfer applicants must submit the following:
      1. A complete admissions file (Application; personal statement; two letters of recommendation; CAS report; official transcripts from every educational institution attended, at least one of which must evince a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited school);
      2. A statement of good standing from an administrator of the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit;
      3. A statement of why a transfer is requested;
      4. A specific list of courses for which the student seeks to obtain credit;
      5. An official course description for all courses for which the student seeks to obtain credit.
    2. Applications for transfer credit shall be reviewed by:
      1. The Admissions Committee and Dean. All applications for admissions shall be governed by the policies contained herein and as provided in the Admissions Policy & Procedures Manual.
      2. The Academic Standards Committee. The Academic Standards Committee shall, in its sole discretion, determine whether transfer credit is appropriate for each credit sought on an individual basis. In exercising its discretion, the Academic Standards Committee shall review:
        1. The type of classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit;
        2. The similarity between the type of classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit with comparable classes at the School of Law;
        3. Whether the classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credits are classes traditionally taken at a School of Law accredited by the ABA;
        4. The grades, including course grades awarded on a pass/fail basis, received by the student in the classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit; and
    3. Under no circumstances may a student transfer more than twenty-nine (29) credit hours. A student who has transferred from another law school must successfully complete at least sixty (60) credit hours at the School of Law, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or better, and satisfy all other degree requirements.
    4. Under no circumstances shall the Academic Standards Committee extend credit for any course in which the student earned a grade less than “C.”
  2. Credit may be extended for courses in which a student was awarded a “P” or other similar indicia for a “pass/fail” graded course. Credit earned at a foreign institution after matriculation at the School of Law: Students seeking to earn credit at a foreign institution while matriculating at the School of Law must comply with all provisions of this rule. For purposes of this rule, “foreign institution” shall include any institution other than the Duncan School of Law.
    1. Students seeking to earn credit at a foreign institution must file a petition with the Academic Standards Committee prior to beginning any course of study at a foreign institution. The petition must include:
      1. The name and contact information for the foreign institution;
      2. The proposed course of study at the foreign institution, including the specific classes the student intends to take and the course descriptions for those classes;
      3. A statement from the foreign institution‘s admissions office indicating the student complies with the institution‘s admission requirements and has in fact been granted admission; and
      4. A statement from the foreign institution‘s admissions office indicating that all coursework performed and all credits earned by the student occurred during a time that the foreign institution was accredited by the American Bar Association or was state approved (possible in Alabama, California, Tennessee, Massachusetts).
    2. After receiving a petition pursuant to this subpart, the Academic Standards Committee shall, in its sole discretion, determine whether credit from the target foreign institution could be acceptable. In considering a petition pursuant to this provision, the Academic Standards Committee shall consider:
      1. The student‘s academic performance at the School of Law;
      2. The student‘s disciplinary file, if any;
      3. The type of classes the student seeks to take at the foreign institution;
      4. The similarity between the type of classes the student seeks to take at the foreign institution and comparable classes at the School of Law; and
      5. Whether the classes the student seeks to take at the foreign institution are classes traditionally taken at a School of Law accredited by the ABA.

      After considering the above factors, the Academic Standards Committee shall either approve the petition or deny the petition. To be valid and serve as the basis for future consideration of credit pursuant to § XXV.A. and XXV.B., all approvals must be in writing and signed by the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee. Under no circumstances shall the approval or denial, without more, grant credit.

    3. Once a student completes a course of study at a foreign institution pursuant to this rule, the student shall, if at all, petition the Academic Standards Committee for credit within six (6) months of completing the foreign institution‘s academic program. The petition must include an official transcript from the foreign institution and a statement from the foreign institution indicating the student is in good standing.
    4. After receiving a complete petition for credit, the Academic Standards Committee shall grant credit for all courses in which the student received a “C” or above.
  3. Notwithstanding any provision contained herein, a student may not transfer more than thirty (30) hours of credit and all credits must have been accrued from an institution approved or accredited by the American Bar Association or is state approved (possible in Alabama, California, Tennessee, Massachusetts).
  4. Transferring grades: Accepted transfer credits, earned prior to or after matriculation at the School of Law, shall appear on a student‘s transcript as a “P,” indicating the student earned pass/fail credit. Under no circumstances shall transfer credit be considered when determining a student‘s term GPA, cumulative GPA, or class rank at the School of Law (except to the extent that the total number of credits determines the group with which a student is ranked).
  5. Distinction from Pass/Fail Credit: While grades transferred from a foreign institution appear as pass/fail credit on a student‘s transcript at the School of Law, credit transferred from a foreign institution shall not be considered when calculating a student‘s maximum pass/fail credit pursuant to § XIX.

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Non-Discrimination Policy

The School of Law is committed to the provision of equal opportunity in the recruitment, admission, treatment, retention and graduation of students and the recruitment, hiring, treatment, promotion and retention of administration, faculty and staff. Accordingly, the Law School shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities, subject to the Law School’s overall goal as an institution of higher learning, of achieving diversity in its student body, administration, faculty and staff.

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Accreditation Statement
Lincoln Memorial University - John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is provisionally accredited
by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Information About the ABA’s Accreditation Process

Questions concerning ABA accreditation may be directed to:

          Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
          American Bar Association
          321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
          Chicago, IL 60654
          Phone: 312.988.6738

Additionally, Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law is approved by the
Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.