LMU Law School drops suit; will reapply for accreditation

LMU Law School drops suit; will reapply for accreditation


HARROGATE (WATE) - Lincoln Memorial University's John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) has dropped its lawsuit against the American Bar Association (ABA) as well as its appeal against the group's denial of the law school's first application.

School officials said they will be working with the ABA to finally get the school accredited.

"LMU and the ABA have jointly agreed to move forward in a spirit of cooperation," LMU President B. James Dawson said. "The ABA will allow LMU to resubmit our application for provisional approval before the New Year, and we are eagerly working toward that goal."

LMU-DSOL sued the ABA in Dec. 2011 after its first application for accreditation was denied. The suit claimed the ABA denied the school due process and violated the Antitrust Act.

In its initial application, the ABA identified three interrelated standards with which LMU had not yet established substantial compliance.

The standards involved addressing specifically the nature of unanticipated economic conditions that had adversely affected the legal profession and the demand for legal education since LMU completed its initial law school feasibility study.

In April 2012, The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE) announced it would extend the law school's approval through 2017. LMU-DSOL originally received the approval in March 2009 with the caveat that the fledging law school seek and receive ABA accreditation.

The TBLE approval allows all of the school's graduates to apply to sit for the Bar Exam in Tennessee.

LMU will graduate its first class in May.

The school submitted formal notice of its intent to apply to the ABA earlier this week. The university anticipates a Spring 2013 site visit.

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