What Newly Admitted Students Should Do

Congratulations! You are about to begin one of the most exciting chapters in your life, one marking the first step in becoming an attorney. Law is a demanding yet noble profession offering the potential for a rewarding and fulfilling career. We hope you will seize every chance to learn the law, and see its potential to change society for the better. Now that you have been invited to join us, we want to make sure you have all the information needed to start what promises to be a remarkable journey. Here are the seven things you need to do to get started:

  1. Order Transcripts
  2. Continuously Disclose Changes To Application Data
  3. Register For Financial Aid
  4. Please Note Important Dates
  5. Find Accommodations
  6. Sign Up For Residential Utilities
  7. Keep The Communication Flowing

1: Order Transcripts. The first thing you need to do is to request official transcripts from each educational institution you attended. The transcripts must be sent from each school directly to the Office of Admissions, and they must arrive no later than the last day of Bridge Week. In the event they are not received by the last day of Bridge Week, you will be unable to begin school this year. This policy is non-negotiable. Also, at least one transcript must indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree and it must come from an accredited institution recognized by the Department of Education.

Please request all transcripts be sent from the registrar’s office directly to the following address:

Office of Admissions
Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law
601 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

If you or the sending institution has questions, please call 865.545.5303 or email law.admissions@lmunet.edu.

2: Continuously Disclose Changes to Application Data. All students are under a continuous obligation to keep us informed of any changes to information contained in your law school application. Students are warned that breach of our disclosure obligation could result in sanctions This includes any changes of address, phone numbers, email addresses, arrests, financial obligations, tickets, you become party to a lawsuit, etc. Should something change, simply write a complete explanation and send it to us.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of this disclosure obligation. Fear of embarrassment or concerns about bar admission often motivate students to conceal personal information someone might not want to disclose. However, concealing this information in the face of a disclosure obligation is a discrete, stand-alone form of misconduct raising its own concerns about your character and fitness for the practice of law. The board of bar examiners of the state where you plan to take the bar exam requires that you undergo a criminal and financial background check. You will have to explain any discrepancies between these search results, contents of your bar application, and information in your law school file. Failure to account for any inconsistencies may prevent you from bar admission. Therefore, failure to disclose information to us over the duration of your studies not only violates our Code of Conduct, but it can jeopardize your eligibility to sit for state bar examinations.

3: Register For Financial Aid. You may register for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). The link to its website is www.fafsa.ed.gov. More complete information is available under a link marked “Future Students”. (Go to the page marked “Financial Aid”.) Be sure to LMU as your school. The LMU Federal School Code is 003502. Please register for financial aid as early as possible as this will determine when funds are disbursed.

4: Please Note Important Dates. There are several important dates requiring your participation. Matriculating students must attend Orientation, Bridge Week, and the start of classes. Other dates are recorded in the academic calendar, which can be found online under “Current Students”. (Look for a link marked “Policies, Procedures and Resources.”)

Information for Fall 2014 Entering Classes








August 6

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Orientation.                               Attendance is mandatory.

August 7, 8, 9, 11, & 12

(August 7, 8, 11 & 12 will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.; August 9 will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m..

Bridge Week.                                   Participation is mandatory.

August 12

2:00 p.m.

Deadline for official transcripts to be received by the Office of Admissions. (If not received, you will be dismissed.)

August 13

Classes begin for all students.Photos will be made at Noon.

Business attire required.

(Ladies: Jacket required. Gentlemen: Suit with tie or sport coat with tie.)

The syllabus and course pack for Bridge Week will uploaded by July 15th. You need to download and read them prior to your arrival. We will also let you know when they are posted.

Bridge Week Syllabus – Fall 2014 – FINAL

Bridge Week Course Pack – Fall 2014 – FINAL

In case you are interested, the first semester course schedule will be posted here by July 15th as well.

Schedules – Fall 2014 – First Year Students

During your course of study here at LMU Law you will need a laptop. The good news is that one will be provided for you. At the end of your three years (full-time) or four years (part-time) it will be your laptop to keep. All of the software necessary for your course of study will be preloaded and we even have on-site technical support should you have any issues.

5: Find Accommodations. If you already have a place to live, then you may not need this information. However, if you do not live in the Knoxville area, then you will need to find a place to live. The good news is that as a college town, there are plenty of places to rent. Unfortunately, units closest to downtown and the University of Tennessee do not stay vacant for long. However, the law school is easily accessible from the interstate and rush-hour traffic is not very heavy. LMU Law’s technological infrastructure allows remote access to library resources, which is a valuable asset to students who commute longer distances. The law school’s facilities also include plenty of small rooms where students can study if they cannot go home between classes.

6: Sign up for residential utilities. Related to housing, you may also need to sign up for utilities. Where you decide to live will determine the utility company (or companies) providing the services you need. Remember, you will need electric, possibly gas, water, cable or satellite, and Internet access, and potentially a telephone company. A partial listing of options is available from the City of Knoxville’s website – http://www.cityofknoxville.org/newcomers/utilities.asp. It is also helpful to know that if you live in a townhome or condo, you will need to subscribe to a garbage service provider.

7: Keep the communication flowing. Effective communication depends on the sending and receiving of information. Since we rely on email to circulate information through the law school community, we ask that you get in the habit of checking and reading your email regularly. We also ask that you regularly consult the section of website marked “Current Students”. Here you will find the Student Handbook and information about class schedules, and the textbooks required for each professor’s course. (As noted in an earlier mailing you should have received, there are a number of study aids available to help with assigned readings. Many of these resources are expensive, and comparable resources may already available through the law school library, which provides students with access to numerous study guides. Please consult your professor, the librarian staff, and upper level students to identify the most suitable materials.)

You now have the information needed to start law school! Enjoy the rest of the summer, and please know that we are here to help your transition to law school life. If you have any questions, please call 865.545.5303 or email us at law.admissions@lmunet.edu..


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.