From the Dean

From the DeanWelcome to this online gateway to Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. Your introduction to this vibrant new law school will be exciting and informative. I know this from personal experience. When I first walked into the beautifully restored historic building that houses LMU Law, I sensed immediately that this school is serious about the business of preparing students to be effective, yet compassionate practitioners of the law. Let me describe briefly the underlying strengths that make LMU Law the right place for you to obtain your legal education.

The teaching faculty is the heart of any law school. Your teachers at LMU Law bring to the classroom a rich combination of experience, scholarship, and teaching skills. Many have worked as prosecutors, private practitioners, public defenders, government lawyers, litigators, transactional lawyers, judicial clerks, and judges. They understand that you are the most important person in the law school and their mission is to provide you the information and tools you will need to be an effective, civic-minded member of our profession.

Your fellow students will be another source of strength and support during your student career. Their intelligence and talents, their wide-ranging perspectives, and their diversity of thought, opinion, and ethnicity will stimulate you to invest your best efforts and energies in the task of learning the law. Importantly, your shared experiences in classrooms and study groups will enrich and invigorate your own learning process.

A prime strength lies in our commitment to provide you a “small class” learning environment. The small class size ensures you the opportunity to know your teachers on a personal basis and to have valuable interactions with your student colleagues. The friendships you form will spill over into the hallways, faculty offices, and community areas of LMU Law – and even into the eclectic restaurants and shops on nearby Market Square.

An important strength is simply our location. Knoxville consistently is named one of the best cities in the United States in terms of job opportunities, workplace happiness, sports, and cost of living. You will have opportunities, through our Externship Program, to work with local judges and lawyers – opportunities that may lead to employment. And the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the beautiful TVA lakes provide an unparalleled environment in which to work and study.

I invite you to learn more about LMU Law. Visit us so you can tour our beautiful and welcoming campus, meet our students and teachers, attend a class, and explore downtown Knoxville. Our caring community will embrace you with open arms. I look forward to your visit.


Parham Williams
Interim Vice President and Dean

601 West Summit Hill Drive | Knoxville, TN 37902

865.545.5300 Main Number
423.869.6914 Fax Number
865.545.5303 Admissions

Lincoln Memorial University

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.