81 percent of LMU law graduates pass bar

81 percent of LMU law graduates pass bar

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The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law is celebrating after 81 percent of their first graduating class passed the Tennessee bar exam. The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law is celebrating after 81 percent of their first graduating class passed the Tennessee bar exam.
LMU-DSOL Dean and Vice President Parham Williams said this is proof the school deserves accreditation from the American Bar Association. They were denied in part because their admission standards were too lenient. LMU-DSOL Dean and Vice President Parham Williams said this is proof the school deserves accreditation from the American Bar Association. They were denied in part because their admission standards were too lenient.
"I believe this is complete vindication that this school should be here," said paramedic and recent graduate Jimmy Carter. "I believe this is complete vindication that this school should be here," said paramedic and recent graduate Jimmy Carter.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law is celebrating after 81 percent of their first graduating class passed the Tennessee bar exam. That's higher than the national average of 77 percent.

The school is hoping this will go a long way in their bid for accreditation by the American Bar Association, which was denied on the first application.

"These students worked very hard and we truly felt confident that they would do well, but I did not in my wildest imaginings think they would succeed at an 81 percent passage rate," said LMU-DSOL Dean and Vice President Parham Williams.

He said this is proof the school deserves accreditation from the American Bar Association. They were denied in part because their admission standards were too lenient.

"These bar exam results are concrete evidence of what we told the ABA we are doing," Williams said.

Right now, LMU graduates can only take the bar in Tennessee. ABA approval would allow them to test in other states as well. 

"I believe this is complete vindication that this school should be here," said paramedic and recent graduate Jimmy Carter.  

He was always interested in law, and when the LUM law school opened in 2009, he jumped at the chance to fulfill his dream.

"It was the perfect opportunity for me, given them catering to working adults for the part-time program," Carter said.

He took the bar at the end of July. Results were posted online Friday.

"I looked at it, looked at it again to make sure, and just about had tears of joy," he said.

Carter has had several job interviews so far. He's hoping that passing the bar means he lands one very soon.

The American Bar Association had no comment on the news. LMU-DSOL has a hearing before the ABA on November 1. They hope to receive provisional accreditation soon after.

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