From the Dean

LYONWelcome to the John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University! LMU was founded in 1897 as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln. The Law School, located in the historic Old City Hall Building in the heart of Downtown Knoxville, shares the University’s mission to provide educational opportunities to the people of the Appalachian region and beyond. Since 2009, the Duncan School of Law has been educating prospective lawyers in the model of Lincoln himself—lawyers who will advocate for their clients with zeal and compassion, serve their communities, and adhere to strong ethical and professional standards. Our faculty brings a wide variety of experiences to the classroom: litigation and transactional; civil and criminal; and private practice, government, and the judiciary. All of our faculty, librarians, and staff have dedicated themselves to the common goal of graduating lawyers who are uniquely ready to practice in today’s legal environment. To this end, we have implemented a rigorous, skills-based curriculum with a focus on individual student attention, regular assessment, and the use of technology in the classroom.

It is hard to argue with our results: 92% of our graduates who have taken the bar exam have passed it, with nearly 80% passing on their first try. Our graduates are already making their mark in Knoxville and throughout East Tennessee, and having obtained provisional approval from the American Bar Association in December 2014, we hope to expand our law school’s footprint throughout Appalachia, the Mid-South, and beyond. Knoxville itself offers incredible cultural and outdoor opportunities for a city its size, and our location, only steps away from Market Square and the Old City, will place you in a perfect position to take advantage of all our region has to offer.

If you are interested by what you see on our website, please come visit us in person. Meet our faculty and students, sit in on one of our classes, and explore downtown Knoxville. When you do, I think you will find yourself wanting to share your future with us. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Matt Lyon
Acting Dean & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Law

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.