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.

Our complete admissions policies and procedures can be found in the Admission Policies and Procedures Manual.

For August 2020 admission, LMU Law only accepts the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) as part of the admission process. 

Follow the steps below to apply to LMU Law. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected] or 865.545.5303.

 

To complete an application to LMU Law, you must first register for a free account on the Law School Admission Council’s website – https://www.lsac.org.

Once you possess an LSAC account, you can locate our application (“Lincoln Memorial University – John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law”) under "Applications" tab and then “Member Schools.”

There is no fee to apply.

Applications for classes starting in August 2020 will be accepted through July 15, 2020.

Late applications will be accepted at the discretion of the Dean.

Character and Fitness:
 If you answered “yes” to any question in the Character and Fitness section of your application, you must provide detailed information for each answer. If your answer does not fit in the space provided, then you can attach explanations to your application at the time it is submitted. If you need to update an answer you can send an addendum to [email protected].  

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 initially.

Answering “yes” to any question does not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration for admission. The Admission and Scholarship 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 you apply 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. Contact information for all relevant agencies is available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners - http://www.ncbex.org/character-and-fitness.

Attach your personal statement to your application through the LSAC’s Attachments tab.

Your personal statement should range in length between one-to-four pages. It should address why you want to attend law school or describe future goals with respect to obtaining a legal education. It is also helpful to address why you want to attend LMU Law.

The Credential Assembly Service is a central repository where applicants submit their academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other pertinent items for submission to law schools.

The current fee to register for Credential Assembly Service for the fall 2020 admission cycle is $195.

An official transcript from each educational institution attended since high school must be sent from each institution directly to the Credential Assembly Service. The address to which each transcript must be sent is:

LSAC Credential Assembly Service
662 Penn Street
Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940

If you received Advanced Placement (AP) credit(s) for courses taken in high school, then you must submit your high school transcript(s) to the Credential Assembly Service as well.

In addition to the Credential Assembly Service fee, the applicant must pay for a Law School Report for each law school to which he/she applies. The current cost of the fall 2020 admission cycle is $45, and again, it must be paid for each law school to which the applicant wants her/his Law School Report sent.

The Law School Report is commonly referred to as the CAS Report.

If you are an undergraduate student when you submit your transcripts to the Credential Assembly Service, then you must update (resubmit) transcripts from any schools in which you have taken classes since they were submitted initially.

After you graduate, you will need to submit a final official transcript from the institution from which you received your bachelor degree. The degree received and the date it was conferred must appear on the final transcript.

LMU Law requires two letters of recommendation. Your letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to the Credential Assembly Service through a link it sends to each individual making a recommendation.

There are no specific requirements as who should write them, such as a professor, employer, acquaintance, etc.; however, they should explain in detail how they know you and the traits they have observed that leads them to make a recommendation to law school.

Once the letters are received by the Credential Assembly Service, YOU MUST ASSIGN each letter to each school you want to receive them. They will not be assigned automatically. If you fail to assign both of them to each school, then your file will remain INCOMPLETE until they are assigned by you.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is offered multiple times each year at various testing centers throughout the country, including LMU Law.

The announced 2019-2020 testing dates and application deadlines are:

LSAT TEST DATE

LSAT APPLICATION DEADLINE

Monday, June 3, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Monday, January 13, 2020

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2010

The LSAT test dates and application deadlines have listed as a courtesy and are subject to change without notice.

To ensure the correct date and application deadline for any LSAT, consult the LSAC website: https://www.lsac.org/lsat/lsat-dates-deadlines-score-release-dates

The cost to take the LSAT is $200. It includes the LSAT Writing Exercise.  

LMU Law will not accept LSAT scores more than five years old. In keeping with LSAC reporting, scores earned prior to June 2015 will not be considered for admission to fall 2020 programs.

The LSAT Writing Exercise is a required component of the admission process.

After you take the Law School Admission Test, you must return to your LSAC account within one year of taking the exam, download the required software, and complete the 35-minute LSAT Writing Exercise.

The computer on which you type the Writing Exercise must have an active camera and microphone while you are writing your response. No outside assistance is permitted.

Even if all transcripts have been received by the Credential Assembly Service and you have an LSAT score, your Law School Report will not be sent to any law school until you have at least one LSAT Writing Exercise on file. In other words, your file will remain incomplete for all law schools until it has been completed. Do not delay in taking it.

If you have already completed an LSAT Writing Exercise for a prior administration of the LSAT, then you do not have to complete a new writing sample unless you want to complete a new one.  

Generally, it takes between one-to-three weeks for your LSAT Writing Exercise to post to your account after you have completed it.

LMU Law considers the admission of applicants who were disqualified academically. An applicant who has been disqualified academically must demonstrate that he or she possesses the requisite ability to succeed in our program of legal education. 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, and the circumstances resulting in the student‘s academic disqualification have been remedied or no longer exist.

An applicant who was disqualified academically cannot apply for admission until one (1) calendar year has expired since the student’s disqualification.

In addition to an application, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report, am LSAT Writing Exercise, in order to be considered for admission an applicant who has been disqualified academically must 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.

Finally. the applicant must send an official transcript from the law school from which he or she was dismissed to the Credential Assembly Service.

These statements should be attached to your application through the Attachments tab.

 

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 2020, 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 LSAC's Credential Assembly Service.

If you will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in August 2020, 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.