Applying to LMU Law
Like most law schools, LMU Law will review applications and recommend acceptances where a particular applicant appears to have the necessary qualities required for success in law school and in legal practice. While undergraduate GPA and LSAT score are the most traditional factors determining admission, we will also consider letters of recommendation; awards for academic performance or community service; extra-curricular or co-curricular activities; evidence of a strong work ethic and maturity; and an ability to contribute to the diversity of the LMU Law community.
In compliance with ABA Standard 504(a), we must inform applicants of the following:
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
In the event an applicant is not offered admission through our traditional process, subject to certain criteria, the Admissions Committee and Dean may still consider the applicant for our Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program. (The ATP Program is described under a separate button available through the drop-down menu or side menu under Admissions.)
Follow the steps below to apply to LMU Law. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at law.admissions@LMUnet.edu or 865.545.5303.
1. Complete an application
First, you must register for an account on the Law School Admission Council’s website. Once you have an account, you can locate our application (“Lincoln Memorial University – John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law”) under “Member Schools.” There is no fee to apply.
Applications for classes starting in Fall 2017 will be accepted through July 15, 2017.
Character and fitness explanations
In the event you answered “yes” to any question in the Character and Fitness section of your application, you must provide a thorough and detailed explanation for each incident. You should attached your explanation(s) to your application at the time it is submitted. Because of stringent character and fitness qualifications for admission to the bar, we require full disclosure in response to all questions. Failure to disclose information often yields a more serious outcome than the matter itself would have produced had it been revealed by the applicant.
Answering “yes” to any question does not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration for admission. The Admissions Committee would like the opportunity to review all relevant facts including (but not limited to) the issue(s); offense(s); date(s) of the offense(s); the law enforcement agency involved; and disposition, including fine(s), court costs, or other penalties, etc.
The ABA precludes the admission of applicants who do not appear capable of satisfactorily completing a legal program of study and being admitted to the bar. Similar questions will be asked of you at the time of application for admission to the bar, so candor and full disclosure is essential. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
2. Attach a personal statement
Your personal statement should address why you want to attend law school or describe future goals with respect to obtaining a legal education. It should be attached to your application through the LSAC’s website. Alternatively, your personal statement can be emailed directly to the Office of Admissions at law.admissions@LMUnet.edu.
To ensure your personal statement is included with the proper file, please make sure your name is listed on your personal statement.
3. Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
The LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is a central repository where applicants can submit academic information and other pertinent items for submission to law schools. The current fee to register for CAS is $175. An applicant must also pay a report fee (currently $30) for each school he or she wants the CAS to send a law school/CAS report. Nearly all law schools require applicants to use the CAS.
4. Request official transcripts be sent to the CAS
Applicants are required to send official transcripts from every college and/or university attended since high school to the CAS. The Credential Assembly Service will not release your CAS Report to any law school (thus your file will remain incomplete and ineligible for consideration) until the CAS has received transcripts from every school you attended. More information can be obtained here.
5. Submit two letters of recommendation
Your letters of recommendation should be sent to the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through its website. The CAS will include the letters as part of your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report once they are received and assigned by the applicant to the school. Each letter of recommendation must be signed by the sender.
6. Register to take the LSAT
The Law School Admissions Test is offered four times each year (February, June, September/October, and December) at various testing centers throughout the country, including LMU Law. You can register for the LSAT through the LSAC. Note that there are specific deadlines and fees to apply to take the LSAT.
LMU Law will not accept scores more than five years old. In keeping with LSAC reporting, scores earned prior to June 2012 will not be considered for admission to Fall 2017 programs.
If you are offered admission, final official transcripts for each undergraduate college or university attended must be received by the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. Note: At least one transcript must indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education. To determine whether an institution is accredited by an agency or association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, use this link: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
If will not graduate with a bachelor’s degree until May or June 2017, then you should request a final official transcript be sent from the institution from which you will receive your degree after it has been conferred. The official transcript should be sent to the Credential Assembly Service.
If you will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in August 2017, you should request a final transcript be sent to both the Credential Assembly Service as well as the Office of Admissions. If your final official transcript indicating the receipt of a bachelor’s degree does not arrive before classes begin, you may be unable to matriculate this year.
Applicants Previously Disqualified Academically by Another Institution
The School of Law considers the admission of applicants who were previously disqualified academically by another legal institution. As to admission, an applicant who was previously academically disqualified must demonstrate that he or she possesses the requisite ability to succeed at the School of Law. The applicant must also demonstrate that the previous disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the course of study at our law school, extraordinary circumstances contributed to his or her inability to meet the academic requirements of another legal institution, and the circumstances resulting in the student‘s academic disqualification have been remedied or no longer exist.
An applicant who has been previously academically disqualified by another legal institution must also provide two separate written statements:
1. a statement detailing the nature of the interim work, activity, or studies which occurred since the disqualification; and
2. a statement describing why the applicant believes he/she now has a stronger potential for the study of law and is likely to successfully complete the course of study at the Duncan School of Law.