ABA Required Disclosures

Standard 509 of the American Bar Association Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools requires all law schools to disclose a variety of consumer information on its website. This page provides convenient access to that information.

The ABA Standard 509 Information Report contains basic information about LMU Law for proscribed periods regarding admissions data, tuition and fees, living costs, and financial aid; scholarships and grants; enrollment data, including academic, transfer, and other attrition; numbers of full-time and part-time faculty, professional librarians, and administrators; class sizes for first year and upper class courses; number of seminar, clinical and co-curricular offerings; and bar passage outcomes as well as other required areas in an ABA-approved format.

Employment Outcomes

Detailed employment statistics for our recent graduates, including our ABA Employment Summary Report, are listed below:

 Conditional Scholarships

Beginning in 2016 LMU’s Duncan School of Law no longer awards scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing. In order to remain in good standing academically students must a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000. Thus, any scholarship awarded will be renewed automatically as long as a student remains in good standing academically.

Scholarship awards will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and Dean at the end of each academic year.

Prior to 2016 LMU Law awarded conditional scholarships as defined by ABA Standard 509. A conditional scholarship is any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing.

Conditional Scholarship Retention
Year of Matriculation             # Entering With             Conditional Scholarships       # of Conditional Scholarships       Reduced or Eliminated
2016-2017 Not Applicable Not Applicable
2015-2016 45                                  4
2014-2015 23                                  3
2013-2014 20                                  6
2012-2013 13                                  9
2011-2012 11                                  6
2010-2011  0                                  0
2009-2010  0                                  0
 

Refund Policies

LMU operates with an annual budget developed through advance planning built around the institutional mission and goals, including financial obligations to faculty and others who provide necessary services essential for operation. In the event a student drops one or more classes, withdraws, or is administratively dismissed from the University for disciplinary or financial reasons after registration is completed and prior to the end of a semester of enrollment, the student’s eligibility for a refund of tuition and/or room and board will be pro-rated as indicated by refund policy. A student must complete a Change of Schedule form, obtained from the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for dropping one or more classes. Any situation in which all classes are dropped is considered to be a withdrawal from the University. Any notification of withdrawal and request of refund must be made in writing. Should the student fail to officially withdraw, all semester charges will become immediately due and payable.

The official withdrawal process begins in the Office of Academic Affairs. A withdrawal form must be completed and all the necessary signatures obtained. Oral requests do not constitute official notification. The official date of withdrawal used to compute the refund is the date that the Registrar’s Office physically receives the form. Applicable institutional charges for fall and spring semesters will be refunded according to the following schedule:

Through the first official day of classes 100%
After the first official day of classes & during the first week of the semester 90%
During the second week of the semester 75%
During the third week of the semester 50%
During the fourth week of the semester 25%
After the fourth week of the semester 0%
No refund of institutional charges will be made after the fourth week of the semester.

Refund schedules pertaining to summer and mini terms are adjusted to the varying length of the terms.

Refund of Financial Aid

The Return of Title IV Funds (federal). Federal Regulations determine how colleges and universities handle Title IV funds when a recipient withdraws from school. This policy is separate from the university’s refund of institutional charges. The return of Title IV funds includes Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal PLUS loans, Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Direct Stafford Loans. The policy states that up through the 60% point in each semester a pro-rata schedule will be used to determine how much Title IV aid the student has earned. For example, if the student has attended 31% of the enrollment period, the student has earned 31 % of his/her Title IV aid, and 69% of the aid must be returned to the federal government. After the 60% point in the semester, the student has earned 100% of the aid for which the student was eligible. Additional information on the return of Title IV funds may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

Refund of Credit Balance


In the event a combination of grants, scholarships and/or payments create a credit balance to the student’s account, the Finance Office will refund the credit balance to the student by means of a check or by direct deposit if the student has signed up via Web Advisor. All institutional scholarships must be applied toward tuition, fees and on-campus room and board expenses. All federal, state and institutional grants are credited to the student’s account first, and any scholarships are applied to the balance of the student’s aid eligibility for the semester.

Student Accounts will determine all refund calculations for institutional charges (i.e. tuition and fees) based upon the official withdrawal date submitted by the Associate Dean for Academics. Any questions regarding tuition and fee refunds or charges incurred due to withdrawal should be addressed to LMU’s Office of Student Accounts at 423.869.6282.

Financial Aid

Students who withdraw, or who cease to attend prior to the 60% point of the term shall be subject to the Federal Return to Title IV policy. This policy, as established by the Federal Government, applies to federal funds only. Institutional funds are subject to the institution’s credit/refund schedule for that term.

Official withdrawals shall be processed thru the Return to Title IV Funds worksheet located on the FAA Access website. This worksheet calculates the percentage of aid earned based on the withdrawal date. If the calculation determines that funds must be returned, the school will initiate that process. The amount of funds returned for the student from their tuition and institutional charges is an obligation the student will owe the university. Counseling will be done with the student regarding any funds that are pending disbursement or returned to the government.

Students who did not officially withdraw and have earned all F’s or Incompletes are considered to be Unofficial Withdrawals. These students must prove class attendance beyond the 60% point of the term. If this proof is not available, their aid earned will be calculated thru the Return to Title IV Funds worksheet located on the FAA Access website. This calculation will be done at the 50% point of the term as directed by federal requirements. The amount of funds returned for the student from their tuition and institutional charges is an obligation the student will owe the university. Counseling will be done with the student regarding any funds that are pending disbursement or returned to the government.

Summer Aid

Typically, most undergraduate students exhaust financial aid eligibility during the fall and spring semesters. Occasionally, students may have remaining financial aid eligibility for the summer semester. To inquire about or apply for summer aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Transfer of Credit Policy

XXV.  TRANSFER STUDENTS

  1. Credit earned prior to matriculating at the School of Law:
    1. Applicants who have completed the equivalent of the first semester of law from a school that is either approved by the American Bar Association or is state approved (possible in Alabama, California, Tennessee, Massachusetts) may apply to transfer to the School of Law.Transfer applicants must submit the following:
      1. A complete admissions file (Application; personal statement; two letters of recommendation; CAS Report; official transcripts from every educational institution attended, at least one of which must evince a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited school);
      2. A statement of good standing from an administrator of the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit;
      3. A statement of why a transfer is requested;
      4. A specific list of courses for which the student seeks to obtain credit;
      5. An official course description for all courses for which the student seeks to obtain credit.
    2. Applications for transfer credit shall be reviewed by:
      1. The Admissions Committee and Dean. All applications for admissions shall be governed by the policies contained herein and as provided in the Admissions Policy & Procedures Manual.
      2. The Academic Standards Committee. The Academic Standards Committee shall, in its sole discretion, determine whether transfer credit is appropriate for each credit sought on an individual basis. In exercising its discretion, the Academic Standards Committee shall review:
        1. The type of classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit;
        2. The similarity between the type of classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit with comparable classes at the School of Law;
        3. Whether the classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credits are classes traditionally taken at a School of Law accredited by the ABA;
        4. The grades, including course grades awarded on a pass/fail basis, received by the student in the classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit; and
    3. Unless a waiver has been obtained from the Dean pursuant to §XVI. of the Student Handbook, a student may not transfer more than forty-five (45) credit hours. A student who has transferred from another law school must satisfy all other degree requirements at the School of Law, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or better.
    4. Under no circumstances shall the Academic Standards Committee extend credit for any course in which the student earned a grade less than “C.”
  2. Credit may be extended for courses in which a student was awarded a “P” or other similar indicia for a “pass/fail” graded course. Credit earned at a foreign institution after matriculation at the School of Law: Students seeking to earn credit at a foreign institution while matriculating at the School of Law must comply with all provisions of this rule. For purposes of this rule, “foreign institution” shall include any institution other than the Duncan School of Law.
    1. Students seeking to earn credit at a foreign institution must file a petition with the Academic Standards Committee prior to beginning any course of study at a foreign institution. The petition must include:
      1. The name and contact information for the foreign institution;
      2. The proposed course of study at the foreign institution, including the specific classes the student intends to take and the course descriptions for those classes;
      3. A statement from the foreign institution‘s admissions office indicating the student complies with the institution‘s admission requirements and has in fact been granted admission; and
      4. A statement from the foreign institution‘s admissions office indicating that all coursework performed and all credits earned by the student occurred during a time that the foreign institution was accredited by the American Bar Association or was state approved (possible in Alabama, California, Tennessee, Massachusetts).
    2. After receiving a petition pursuant to this subpart, the Academic Standards Committee shall, in its sole discretion, determine whether credit from the target foreign institution could be acceptable. In considering a petition pursuant to this provision, the Academic Standards Committee shall consider:
      1. The student‘s academic performance at the School of Law;
      2. The student‘s disciplinary file, if any;
      3. The type of classes the student seeks to take at the foreign institution;
      4. The similarity between the type of classes the student seeks to take at the foreign institution and comparable classes at the School of Law; and
      5. Whether the classes the student seeks to take at the foreign institution are classes traditionally taken at a School of Law accredited by the ABA.
      After considering the above factors, the Academic Standards Committee shall either approve the petition or deny the petition. To be valid and serve as the basis for future consideration of credit pursuant to § XXV.A. and XXV.B., all approvals must be in writing and signed by the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee. Under no circumstances shall the approval or denial, without more, grant credit.
    3. Once a student completes a course of study at a foreign institution pursuant to this rule, the student shall, if at all, petition the Academic Standards Committee for credit within six (6) months of completing the foreign institution‘s academic program. The petition must include an official transcript from the foreign institution and a statement from the foreign institution indicating the student is in good standing.
    4. After receiving a complete petition for credit, the Academic Standards Committee shall grant credit for all courses in which the student received a “C” or above.
  3. Notwithstanding any provision contained herein, a student may not transfer more than forty-five (45) hours of credit and all credits must have been accrued from an institution approved or accredited by the American Bar Association or is state approved (possible in Alabama, California, Tennessee, Massachusetts).
  4. Transferring grades: Accepted transfer credits, earned prior to or after matriculation at the School of Law, shall appear on a student‘s transcript as a “P,” indicating the student earned pass/fail credit. Under no circumstances shall transfer credit be considered when determining a student‘s term GPA, cumulative GPA, or class rank at the School of Law (except to the extent that the total number of credits determines the group with which a student is ranked).
  5. Distinction from Pass/Fail Credit: While grades transferred from a foreign institution appear as pass/fail credit on a student‘s transcript at the School of Law, credit transferred from a foreign institution shall not be considered when calculating a student‘s maximum pass/fail credit pursuant to § XIX.

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Non-Discrimination Policy

The School of Law is committed to the provision of equal opportunity in the recruitment, admission, treatment, retention and graduation of students and the recruitment, hiring, treatment, promotion and retention of administration, faculty and staff. Accordingly, the Law School shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities, subject to the Law School’s overall goal as an institution of higher learning, of achieving diversity in its student body, administration, faculty and staff.

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