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.