Lincoln Memorial law school gets full ABA approval

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The American Bar Association has granted full approval to Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, the school announced Friday.

“This is a day of celebration for Lincoln Memorial University and especially for the Duncan School of Law. Over the last ten years, our school has managed to hit a few potholes along the path to full approval by the American Bar Association, so success is all the sweeter,” said Gary Wade, vice president and dean. Wade is a former Tennessee Supreme Court justice.

LMU Law is in full compliance with ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools. The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the accrediting agency for programs that lead to the JD degree.

Full approval entitles LMU Law to the rights of a fully approved law school, and enables its graduates to take the bar exam in any jurisdiction in the United States, LMU said in a news release.

The ABA granted LMU Law provisional approval in 2014.

In addition to being approved by the American Bar Association, LMU Law has approval from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law is in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. The law school is part of LMU’s “values-based learning community,” and aims to prepare lawyers to provide sound legal service in underserved regions of Appalachia and beyond.

For more information about the law school, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303, or online at

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