LMU law school gets extension for accreditation

Lincoln Memorial University gets extension for law school accreditation

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Lincoln Memorial University John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law received an extension from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners to achieve American Bar Association accreditation, officials announced Tuesday.

The TBLE gave the school until December 2017 to earn ABA approval.

The extension follows a March 29 visit from the TBLE Board. Members met with students, administration and members of the legal community and observed classes.

The school of law originally received TBLE approval in March 2009, pending a requirement to earn ABA accreditation.

The approval allows all law school graduates to apply to sit for the bar exam in Tennessee.

Lincoln Memorial filed a federal lawsuit in December 2011 against the ABA over its denial of accreditation

"The administration, faculty and students of the LMU-Duncan School of Law are grateful to be moving forward and working in cooperation with the American Bar Association and the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. We remain steadfast in our mission to educate ethical lawyers to serve Appalachia and beyond," said Vice President and Dean Sydney A. Beckman in a press release.

"Throughout this difficult process, the LMU Board of Trustees and the legal community of Knoxville and all of East Tennessee has remained engaged and supportive. To all the legal professionals who have wrapped their arms around our cause, 'thank you' will never be enough," Beckman added. 

The law school has approximately 180 full and part-time students and 16 faculty members.

The inaugural class is slated to graduate in 2013. All the graduates may apply to sit for the bar exam in Tennessee.

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