Lincoln Memorial University—John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law

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Introduction

Lincoln Memorial University’s John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU Law) offers a supportive, student-centered environment in vibrant Knoxville, Tennessee. LMU Law has a rigorous curriculum that mixes theory and skills-based learning. Our close-knit legal community aims to produce passionate, practice-ready graduates.

Admissions

Classes at LMU Law are “sustainably small,” offering students individual attention unmatched at most other schools. Maintaining this environment requires the Admission Committee and dean to carefully consider the kinds of students who might benefit from a more intimate learning environment.

LMU Law weighs applicants’ undergraduate GPAs and LSAT scores in admission decisions, but we are also committed to looking beyond the numbers. Other factors receiving significant consideration include awards for academic performance, community service, extracurricular or cocurricular activities, evidence of a strong work ethic, maturity, and an ability to contribute to the diversity of the LMU Law community.

We consider applications for our full-time, part-time, and part-time flex programs on an ongoing basis. However, without the dean’s approval, no application will be considered after July 15 for each year’s entering fall class. There is no fee to apply.

Financial Aid

LMU Law offers a variety of financial aid packages to qualifying students. Substantial merit-based scholarships are also available for those who qualify. Every application is considered for scholarship opportunities.

LMU Law also participates in programs for veterans and members of the military, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Curriculum

Students enrolled in LMU Law’s Juris Doctor program must successfully complete 90 semester hours in order to graduate. The first-year curriculum is designed to give students a broad foundation in the legal system. The upper-level curriculum includes a mix of doctrinal and skills-based courses.

Students may complete their degree requirements on a full-time or part-time basis. Changing from full- to part-time status (or vice versa) is possible, subject to academic qualification and administrative approval. Both paths follow a prescribed course schedule. Students enrolled in our part-time flex program have more scheduling options, but the program typically takes more time to complete.

All 90 semester hours can be completed during the fall and spring terms. Some courses may also be offered during the summer term.

Faculty

LMU Law students take most of their classes from full-time faculty who are experts in their fields. Our faculty members are experienced practitioners who have been published widely and regularly present at conferences domestically and abroad. They pride themselves on accessibility and active participation in student events. Adjunct faculty members from the local bench and bar and judiciary further enrich student learning and provide additional exposure to the legal community.

Academic Success and Bar Preparation

LMU Law’s Academic Success Program introduces students to the essential skills needed to succeed in law school and on law school exams. The program includes a Bridge Week before matriculation, an academic success course during students’ first semester, and two additional courses for academically at-risk students. Other components of the program include faculty advisement, writing instruction, and tutoring services.

Our students also receive intensive preparation to pass the bar exam. Two Bar Studies classes bolster students’ essay-writing skills and knowledge of commonly tested topics. A third Bar Examination Skills class focuses on legal analysis, test methodology, testing strategies, and study skills. A structured summer bar preparation program and individual tutoring supplement students’ commercial bar review coursework.

Career Services

LMU Law strives to equip students with tools for a successful job search. Services include individual counseling, professional development programming, interviewing opportunities, and resources for community networking. We introduce students to career choices ranging from law firms of all sizes to public interest, government, the judiciary, and academia. We also support and encourage students who are exploring alternative legal careers.

The Office of Career Services serves as an intermediary between law students and prospective employers. It maintains ongoing employer outreach to increase employer interest and community exposure to benefit our students. A variety of flexible recruitment opportunities are available for employers.

Facilities

LMU Law’s accessible, state-of-the-art campus occupies five connected buildings in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Our main building, built in the 1840s, originally housed the Tennessee School for the Deaf and served as a hospital during the Civil War. The complex was renovated prior to the law school’s opening in 2009, blending modern amenities with historic surroundings. Every classroom is equipped with technology used to record classes and facilitate intensive faculty-student interaction. Our campus also includes a courtroom, library, reading rooms, student lounge, and outdoor verandas/balconies.

Student Life

Regular student events and a campus-wide open-door policy help foster an atmosphere characterized by friendship, not competition, at LMU Law. Students are also encouraged to participate in more than a dozen formally recognized student organizations. In addition, our students are continuously active with informal student activities such as softball teams and basketball leagues. We also have cocurricular and extracurricular activities, including Law Review, Mock Trial, Moot Court, Black Law Students Association, Latin American Law Society, Veterans Law Society, OUTLaw, and the Student Bar Association.

Plenty of local agencies also offer service opportunities for LMU Law students, including the renowned Highlander Research and Education Center, a social justice training center with a long history of involvement in civil rights, labor activism, youth leadership, immigration reform, and Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET). LAET serves the 26 counties of eastern Tennessee and is located on our campus. Service to smaller and under-served communities within the Appalachian region and beyond is the core mission of Lincoln Memorial University and LMU Law.

Location

With a population of more than 180,000, metro Knoxville has the amenities of a big city and the soul of a small town. Home to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville ranks as second on Forbes list of the Most Affordable Cities in America, and it is ranked in the top 10 of America’s favorite cities by Travel + Leisure. Additionally, the Huffington Post ranks Knoxville as one of the 10 best cities to relocate to. There are more than 450,000 in the metropolitan surrounding area.

In addition to Knoxville’s warm and welcoming city center, countless outdoor adventures, such as hiking, whitewater rafting, ziplining, and biking await you in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is a short drive from LMU Law’s downtown campus. Knoxville is also close to several major metropolitan areas, including Nashville, Asheville, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Charlotte, and Louisville.

Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at Lincoln Memorial:

2.88 to 3.52

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Lincoln Memorial:

147 to 153

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Lincoln Memorial:

2.88 to 3.52

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Lincoln Memorial:

147 to 153

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Lincoln Memorial:

2.88 to 3.52

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Lincoln Memorial:

147 to 153

120
135
150
165
180

Contact Information

601 West Summit Hill Drive,
Knoxville, TN 37902,
United States