Curriculum

LMU student professorAt LMU Law, we aim to prepare students for the broadest range of traditional and non-traditional career paths. We are also committed to producing graduates who can help their clients and communities address a variety of problems that may intersect the legal system. Our highly structured program is complemented by internships, externships, pro bono requirements and other student-centered activities that enrich the law school experience and produce well-rounded lawyers who remain mindful of their leadership position within society.

At LMU Law, you will be more than just a student. You will embark on an experience that prepares you for a career that is both successful and fulfilling. The curriculum aims to help students become responsible, ethical lawyers capable of meeting the demands of an increasingly complex legal system. Our curriculum mixes traditional legal education with innovative teaching methods to help students develop their knowledge of substantive law and their abilities in critical thinking and problem-solving.

Program Details

Students enrolled in LMU Law’s J.D. Program must successfully complete 90 semester hours. The first-year curriculum is designed to give students broad foundational teaching in core features of America’s legal system. Upper-level courses build on these core teaching areas and include a mix of doctrinal and skills-based courses. Students may complete their degree requirements on a full-time or part-time basis. Changing to from full-time to part-time status (or vice versa) is possible, subject to academic qualification and administrative approval. Both streams follow a prescribed course schedule. Certain required and elective courses may also be offered during the summer term. No student may enroll in coursework that, if successfully completed, would exceed 17 credit hours during any academic term.

Full-Time Program

The three-year, full-time program is reserved for students who can devote most of their time to program participation. LMU Law defines a full-time student as one enrolled in more than 12 credit hours during an academic term. Full-time students may not be employed until the completion of their first-year required courses, and, after completion of said courses, full-time students may not be employed more than 20 hours per week.

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Civil Procedure I 3 Civil Procedure II 3
Contracts I 3 Contracts II 3
Legal Communication I 2 Legal Communication II 2
Legal Foundations I NC Legal Foundations II* NC
Legal Research I 1 Legal Research II 1
Property I 3 Property II 3
Torts I 3 Torts II 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.320 or below and elective for all other students.

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Business Organizations 3 Constitutional Law 4
Criminal Law 3 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3
Domestic Relations 3 Evidence 3
Legal Communication III 2 Professional Responsibility 3
Legal Research III 1 Elective 2
Wills, Trusts & Estates 3 Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below and elective for all other students.

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Conflict of Laws 2 Bar Examination Skills 4
Secured Transactions 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 2 Elective 2
Elective** 2 Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below and elective for all other students.
** Students whose degree requires eighty-eight (88) credit hours do not need this course, unlike those requiring ninety (90) credit hours.

Part-Time and Part-Time Flex Programs

Our part-time programs are designed for mid-career students who wish to pursue a legal education while maintaining full-time employment. Part-time students are expected to complete all program requirements within four years. Ideally, part-time flex program students will complete the program of legal education within six years. In accordance with ABA Standard 311(b), “A law school shall require that the course of study for the J.D. degree be completed no earlier than 24 months and, except in extraordinary circumstances, no later than 84 months after a student has commenced law study at the law school or a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit.”

Part-time students typically take between 9 and 12 semester hours in any given semester. Part-time flex program students must take at least six credit hours each semester and must meet with the associate dean of academic affairs in advance of each semester to arrange an appropriate schedule that ensures completion of the program in proscribed period.

Part-time and part-time flex program students may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than 12 class hours. A violation of this policy will be considered a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity and could result in a student being sanctioned, including the possibility of expulsion from LMU Law.

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Civil Procedure I 3 Civil Procedure II 3
Legal Communication I 2 Legal Communication II 2
Legal Foundations I NC Legal Foundations II* NC
Legal Research I 1 Legal Research II 1
Torts I  3 Torts II 3
Elective* 2
Total Hours 9 Total Hours 11
* Students whose degree requires eighty-eight (88) credit hours do not need this course, unlike those requiring ninety (90) credit hours.
** Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.320 or below and elective for all other students.

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Contracts I 3 Contracts II 3
Criminal Law 3 Criminal Procedure 3
Lawyering Skills III 3 Evidence 3
Property I 3 Property II 3
Property I 3 Property II 3
Academic Intervention Directed Study * NC Academic Intervention Directed Study * NC
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below and elective for all other students.

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Business Organizations 3 Constitutional Law 4
Domestic Relations 3 Professional Responsibility 3
Wills, Trusts & Estates 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 2
Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below and elective for all other students.

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Conflict of Laws 2 Bar Examination Skills 4
Secured Transactions 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 2
Elective 3 Elective 2
Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below and elective for all other students.

Grading Policy

LMU Law grades full-time and part-time students using the traditional four-point system. (For example, a “D” converts to one point and an “A” to four points.) Students in both full- and part-time streams must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to remain in good academic standing. In certain courses, grade curves are administered in accordance with the law school’s grading policy.

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