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 promise to 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 be invited to embark on an experience that will prepare you for a career that is both successful and fulfilling. The curriculum aims to help students become excellent, responsible and ethical lawyers capable of meeting the demands of an increasingly complex legal system. Our curriculum offers an optimal mix of traditional legal education innovative teaching methods that will help students develop their knowledge of substantive law as well as 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 a student 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 shall 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
Property I 3 Property II 3
Torts I 3 Torts II 3
Lawyering Skills I 3 Lawyering Skills II 3
Academic Success Program I NC Academic Success Program II* NC
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 Commercial Transactions 3
Criminal Law 3 Constitutional Law 4
Domestic Relations 3 Criminal Procedure 3
Lawyering Skills III 3 Evidence 3
Wills, Trusts & Estates 3 Professional Responsibility 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 2.00 and elective for all other students.
THIRD YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Conflict of Law 2 Bar Exam Skills 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 2
Elective 3 Secured Transactions 2
Lawyering Skills IV 3 Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
*Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and elective for all other students.

Part-Time Program

The part-time program is 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 or five years.

Part-time students typically take between 9 and 12 semester hours in any given semester. Part time enrollees may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve 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 the School of Law.

FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Civil Procedure I 3 Civil Procedure II 3
Lawyering Skills I 3 Elective 2
Torts I 3 Lawyering Skills II 3
Academic Success Program I NC Torts II 3
Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 9 Total Hours 11
*Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.320 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
Academic Intervention Directed Study * NC Academic Intervention Directed Study * NC
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12
*Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and elective for all other students.
THIRD YEAR 
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Business Organizations 3 Commercial Transactions 3
Domestic Relations 3 Constitutional Law 4
Elective 3 Evidence 3
Wills, Trusts & Estates 3 Professional Responsibility 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 2.00 and elective for all other students.
FOURTH YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Conflicts of Law 2 Bar Exam Skills 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 2
Lawyering Skills IV 3 Secured Transactions 3
Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 11 Total Hours 11
*Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 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 (GPA) 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. The earliest LMU-DSOL may apply for ABA full accreditation is December 2016.

Questions concerning ABA accreditation may be directed to:
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Additionally, Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law is approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.