Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program

The Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program provides participants with the unique opportunity to demonstrate their aptitude for legal training by completing a condensed law school course taught by a member of the Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) faculty. As an alternative to the traditional reliance on a student’s GPA and LSAT scores as a predominant factor in considering an application for admission, this program allows applicants to complete a course similar to those taught in most law schools, thereby allowing success in the ATP Program to supplement the usual admission factors.

The ATP Program is available to students who have applied for admission to the Fall 2014 LMU-DSOL entering classes, including those who are taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in June 2014.  Eligible ATP Program students must receive a referral to the program from the LMU-DSOL Admissions Committee and Dean.

Additionally, participants must have:

(1)  At least one score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) of 138 or higher within the last five (5) years; and

(2)  A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

There is no charge to participate in the program.

The ATP Program consists of eight (8) class sessions and participants receive instruction in the foundations of legal analysis as well as a Survey of Criminal Procedure. Classes will be conducted on Saturdays from 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. (including one hour for lunch) starting     June 7, 2014.

The ATP Program concludes with a final examination on Saturday, August 2nd. The exam will be conducted from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., and it will be graded on a 100-point scale. Participants scoring 70 or higher on the examination will be offered admission to the entering part-time fall class assuming all other requirements are met, including approval by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. Those participants scoring 51-69 may also be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. The Admissions Committee will review recommendations from the professor of the ATP Program and may also consider recommendations from other members of the faculty or administration.

All exams will be scored by exam number only. For security purposes, review of the final exam will NOT be available. Grades achieved cannot be appealed.

The Admissions Committee and the Dean must approve all offers of admission into the ATP Program and the School of Law.

Applicants who receive offers of admission to start in the fall must provide “official transcripts” from every undergraduate college and/or university attended. Transcripts must arrive at the law school by 2PM on August 13th. At least one of the transcripts must indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Additionally, unless otherwise stipulated, successful ATP Program participants who are admitted and matriculate in August 2014 and who earn a cumulative grade point average of less than 1.8 after their first semester, thereby necessitating academic dismissal, will receive a full refund for any tuition paid. The refund will be made to the applicable lender.

Applicants are reminded that the program is a supplemental means of assessing suitability for legal education. Therefore, LMU-DSOL cannot guarantee a fixed number or percentage of participants will successfully complete the program and be offered admission. Moreover, all traditional methods of evaluating capacity for success, including LSAT and undergraduate grades, will be considered.

Pursuant to ABA Standard 304, LMU-DSOL does not grant course credit for participation in this program.

For additional information on the ATP Program or to register for participation, please contact the LMU-DSOL Office of Admissions either through email at or by calling (865) 545-5303.


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