FOUR LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW STUDENTS RECEIVE DEGREES DURING WINTER COMMENCEMENT

December 13, 2014 – Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) conferred the degrees of 335 graduates on Saturday, December 13, 2014, during its annual Winter Commencement Exercises, among them were the first LMU-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) graduates to receive degrees since the American Bar Association (ABA) provisionally approved the law school earlier this month.

A total of five doctor of juris prudence degrees were conferred by LMU President B. James Dawson during the ceremony. Four graduates participated in the program including Ann Long(Knoxville, Tennessee), Daniel Fielden (Knoxville, Tennessee), Jonathan Conner (Knoxville, Tennessee) and William Matthew Birkholz (Lenior City, Tennessee). With the distinction of having graduated from a provisionally approved program of legal education by the ABA the graduates will enjoy all the rights of a fully approved law school and can apply to sit for the bar nationally as soon as the February administration of the exam.

Since the Inaugural Class graduated in May 2013, 91 percent of LMU-DSOL’s alumni have passed the Tennessee Bar Exam. On the most recent administration of the bar, LMU-DSOL grads posted a 77.14% pass rate for first-time takers – five percentage points higher than the average for all first-time takers from all schools nationally.

In addition to being provisionally approved by the American Bar Association, LMU-DSOL has approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) and the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE).

Regarding Accreditation
Lincoln Memorial University – John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law is provisionally approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Students at provisionally accredited law schools are given the same recognition as students at fully accredited law schools. Upon the award of provisional accreditation, students enrolled in the institution and who subsequently graduate are deemed graduates of an ABA-accredited law school.

A provisionally approved law school may apply for full approval no earlier than two years after receiving provisional approval and must obtain full approval within five years after receiving provisional approval. The earliest Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law may apply for full accreditation from the ABA 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

Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law also is approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/law.

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LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW GRANTED PROVISIONAL APPROVAL BY ABA

December 8, 2014 – Harrogate, Tennessee — The American Bar Association (ABA) has provisionally approved the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) officials announced Monday.

“For an institution with over a century of rich history, there are few achievements that surpass this milestone for Lincoln Memorial University,” said LMU President B. James Dawson. “I commend Dean Parham Williams, his administration at LMU-DSOL, Vice President for Academic Affairs Clayton Hess and the many other University officials who worked tirelessly toward this goal. All of our pursuits are focused on our students and I’m happy to be able to celebrate with them today.”

A school seeking accreditation must demonstrate that it is in substantial compliance with all of the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools. The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) as the accrediting agency for programs that lead to the Juris Doctor degree.

Since the Inaugural Class graduated in May 2013, 91 percent of LMU-DSOL’s alumni have passed the Tennessee Bar Exam. On the most recent administration of the bar, LMU-DSOL grads posted a 77.14% pass rate for first-time takers – five percentage points higher than the average for all first-time takers from all schools nationally.

“For our students, our faculty and the dedicated administration of Lincoln Memorial University this is a result five years in the making. The adversity encountered in seeking accreditation has made the institution stronger, our program of legal education better and our administration wiser,” Interim Dean and Vice President Parham Williams said. “Our mission will always be to provide our students with the very best legal education possible.”

Provisional approval entitles LMU-DSOL to all the rights of a fully approved law school, and enables its graduates to take the bar exam in any American jurisdiction. To gain full approval, LMU-DSOL has a maximum of five years to demonstrate it is in full compliance with all the ABA Standards of Approval of Law Schools. The University has already displayed full compliance in the standard addressing bar passage. The performance of LMU-DSOL’s graduates on the Tennessee bar exam shows that the school complies with each of the bright-line bar passage requirements established by the ABA for accreditation.

In addition to being provisionally approved by the American Bar Association, LMU-DSOL has approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) and the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE).

Regarding Accreditation
Lincoln Memorial University – John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law is provisionally approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Students at provisionally accredited law schools are given the same recognition as students at fully accredited law schools. Upon the award of provisional accreditation, students enrolled in the institution and who subsequently graduate are deemed graduates of an ABA-accredited law school.

A provisionally approved law school may apply for full approval no earlier than two years after receiving provisional approval and must obtain full approval within five years after receiving provisional approval. The earliest Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law may apply for full accreditation from the ABA 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

Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law also is approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/law.

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LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW GRADUATES CONTINUE TO PERFORM ABOVE NATIONAL FIRST-TIME PASS RATES ON TENNESSEE BAR EXAM

October 15, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) graduates who sat for the July 2014 administration of the Tennessee bar exam posted a 77.14% pass rate for first-time takers – five percentage points higher than the national rate. In total 91% of all LMU-DSOL graduates who have sat for the exam have passed. LMU-DSOL is one of three Tennessee law schools that performed better than the national pass rate for first-time takers on the July 2014 Tennessee bar exam.

“I am very pleased with our most recent bar pass results,” said LMU-DSOL Dean and Vice President Parham Williams. “These results confirm the excellent quality of our program of legal education, and evidence the commitment of our students to become able practitioners of the law. I am proud of them.”

The performance of LMU-DSOL’s graduates on the Tennessee bar exam shows that the school, which is currently approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE) and is seeking provisional ABA accreditation, complies with each of the bright-line bar passage requirements established by the ABA for accreditation, one of which requires that, in at least three of the past five calendar years, 75 percent or more of the students who took the exam the year they graduated passed it. The Tennessee bar exam is administered annually in February and July.

“We are delighted with the strong performance of our law graduates on the recent Tennessee bar exam,” said LMU President B. James Dawson. “Our graduates continue to provide proof of the excellent legal education delivered at LMU-DSOL. Nonetheless, we will use these results to carefully assess our program and look for opportunities to improve as needed. We remain vigilant in insuring that we continue to improve both the bar passage rates and job placement rates of LMU-DSOL graduates.”

The mission of LMU-DSOL is to provide the opportunity of a quality legal education to underserved populations. With bar pass results meeting or exceeding national and state averages for both ABA and non-ABA accredited schools, LMU-DSOL graduates have outperformed bar pass predictors — Law School Admissions Test scores and undergraduate grade point average – providing evidence that LMU is fulfilling its mission.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at law.lmunet.edu.

Regarding ABA Accreditation
Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law has applied for provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association. The law school is not currently approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association and makes no representation to any applicant that it will receive approval from the Council before the graduation of any matriculating student.

For additional information regarding the process, please see the ABA Law School Accreditation Process. For general information, contact the ABA (www.abanet.org/legaled) at American Bar Association, section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598 or call (312) 988-6738.

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LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW TO WELCOME JUDGE JAMES L. COTTON, JR., FOR CONSTITUTION DAY ADDRESS

September 15, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — Two Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) student groups, The Federalist Society and Christian Legal Society, will present the Fifth Annual Constitution Day Address featuring Judge James L. Cotton, Jr., on Wednesday, September 17, at 1 p.m.

Cotton is the author of The Greatest Speech, Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. A book he researched, in part, at LMU’s Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. The late Senator Howard Baker, Jr., contributed a foreword to the book stating, “The Greatest Speech, Ever was written to be more than a specialized monograph about the Gettysburg Address. The author, Judge James L. Cotton, Jr., digressed along the way into side excursions and back roads of Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable life, exploring his hardscrabble childhood, and his courageous but controversial Emancipation Proclamation.”

Cotton is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and University of Memphis Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1980, and he opened a general law firm the same year. He later helped form the Law Offices of Cotton and Cooper. In 1990, he joined the general sessions court as a part-time judge and has continued to hold this position ever since. Cotton has received several awards for his work in trying to better Scott County.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at www.law.lmunet.edu.

Regarding ABA Accreditation
The Dean is fully informed as to the Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools by the American Bar Association. The Administration and the Dean are determined to devote all necessary resources and in other respects to take all necessary steps to present a program of legal education that will qualify for approval by the American Bar Association. The Law School makes no representation to any applicant that it will be approved by the American Bar Association prior to the graduation of any matriculating student.

For additional information regarding the process, please see the ABA Law School Accreditation Process. For general information, contact the ABA (www.abanet.org/legaled) at American Bar Association, section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598 or call (312) 988-6738.

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LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST FOR SPRING 2014

June 10, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is proud to announce the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester. A total of 21 students were honored for achieving a 3.25 or above grade point average while carrying at least a nine credit hour course load. 

Earning Dean’s List honors were Jacob Baggett (Burns, Tennessee), Michael Beehan (Oak Ridge, Tennessee), Christopher Belford (Knoxville, Tennessee), Justin Bell (Knoxville, Tennessee), Deanna Breeding (Knoxville, Tennessee), William Brooks (Harrogate, Tennessee), Randy Clark (Knoxville, Tennessee), Joshua Dennis (Maryville, Tennessee) Jeffrey Glaspie (Knoxville, Tennessee), David Graham (Knoxville, Tennessee), David Gratz (Morristown, Tennessee), Thomas McCauley (Greeneville, Tennessee), Jennifer McNeil (Knoxville, Tennessee), Rick Owens (Maryville, Tennessee), Michael Parker (Knoxville, Tennessee), Delbert Poulopoulos (Knoxville, Tennessee), Allison Scott (Seymour, Tennessee), Robert Simpson (Kingston, Tennessee), Charles Stafford (Knoxville, Tennessee), Benjamin Stallard (Knoxville, Tennessee) and Erin Wallin (Chattanooga, Tennessee).

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at www.law.lmunet.edu. 

Regarding ABA Accreditation
The Dean is fully informed as to the Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools by the American Bar Association. The Administration and the Dean are determined to devote all necessary resources and in other respects to take all necessary steps to present a program of legal education that will qualify for approval by the American Bar Association. The Law School makes no representation to any applicant that it will be approved by the American Bar Association prior to the graduation of any matriculating student.

For additional information regarding the process, please see the ABA Law School Accreditation Process. For general information, contact the ABA (www.abanet.org/legaled) at American Bar Association, section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598 or call (312) 988-6738.

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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:
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.