ABA Required Disclosures

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

Admissions Data; Tuition and Fees; Living Costs and Financial Aid; Scholarships and Grants; Enrollment Data; Faculty/Librarians/Administrators; Class Sizes; Number of Course Offerings; and Bar Passage Outcomes

The ABA Standard 509 Information Report contains basic information about the Law School 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.

The Standard 509 Report for 2014 is available here.

Conditional Scholarships

Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law awards conditional scholarships as defined by ABA Standard 509. A conditional scholarship is any financial aid award, the retention of which 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 # Whose Conditional Scholarships Were Reduced/Eliminated
2014-2015                       22                          Not Applicable
2013-2014                       20                                  7***
2012-2013                       13                                  8**
2011-2012                       11                                  6*
2010-2011                        0                                  0
2009-2010                        0                                  0
*** Of the 20 merit-based scholarships awarded to matriculating students during the 2013-2014 academic year, four (4) withdrew from the University and three (3) experienced a reduction or loss of scholarship. 13 students retained their scholarship awards.
**Of the 13 merit-based scholarships awarded to matriculating students during the 2012-13 academic year, four (4) withdrew from the University, four (4) experienced a reduction or loss of scholarship during the 2013-2014 academic year. Five (5) students retained their scholarship awards.
*Of the 11 merit-based scholarships awarded to entering students during the 2011-2012 academic year, three (3) withdrew from the University, two (2) experienced either a reduction or loss of scholarship during the 2012-2013 academic year, and one (1) received a full-tuition VA disability payment to replace the scholarship. Five (5) students retained their awards at the level awarded originally.

Employment Outcomes

Detailed employment statistics about our recent graduates, including the ABA Employment Summary Report, is available here.

Refund Policies

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

  1. 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 LMU’s 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.
  2. 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 the Duncan School of Law 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 the Duncan School of Law Financial Aid Office.

Transfer of Credit Policy

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

XXV.  TRANFER 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 fifty-nine (59) 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 twenty-nine (29) 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.

Academic Calendar, Academic Policies, Academic Requirements, and Curricular Offerings

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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. The earliest LMU-DSOL may apply for ABA full accreditation is December 2016.

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

American Bar Association FAQ Website

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