Knoxville, Tennessee, August 23, 2018— The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) welcomed 95 incoming first-year students and one transfer student earlier this month as classes got underway on August 8.
The 95 first-year law students came to LMU Law from over 50 undergraduate institutions across 19 states. Continuing LMU’s mission of providing educational opportunities to the Appalachian region, 60% if the incoming first year students attended an undergraduate institution within Tennessee. The incoming class includes alumni of Bethel University, Carson-Newman University, East Tennessee State University, King University, LMU, Lipscomb University, Martin Methodist College, Maryville College, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, Tennessee Wesleyan University, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Tennessee-Martin and Western Governors University.
The new law students attended orientation activities August 1-3, culminating in a Swearing-In Ceremony presided over by LMU Law Vice President and Dean Gary Wade. During the ceremony, students pledged to pursue their legal studies acknowledging and accepting the high ethical standards and responsibilities that accompany such an undertaking. They pledged to conduct themselves with the dignity befitting the legal profession and committed to serve without prejudice.
Over 30 of the incoming students participated in a special pre-orientation program July 30-31. The purpose of the program was to ensure certain students were provided with the tools needed to flourish during Orientation and their first year in law school.
LMU Law has grown steadily since receiving provisional approval from the American Bar Association in 2014. Under the Wade’s leadership, the institution has celebrated several milestones including the highest first-time pass rate in school history in July 2016, being named the Top Law School for Bar Preparation by National Jurist and a 100 percent overall employment rate for May 2015 graduates, including 94% full-time, long-term employment and 82% in J.D.-required employment. Since the law school graduated its first class in May 2013, 93 percent of LMU Law graduates who have taken a bar exam have passed it.
The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at Law.LMUnet.edu.