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).
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
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.