Lincoln Memorial University

American Bar Association Grants LMU Law Full Approval

LMU Duncan School of Law exteriorHarrogate, Tennessee, March 1, 2019—The American Bar Association (ABA) has granted full approval to Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law).

“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 Judge Gary Wade, vice president and dean. “I am grateful to former deans Sydney Beckman and Parham Williams, Associate Dean Matt Lyon, who led the process, our terrific faculty and staff and especially our student body and many graduates now practicing throughout the region. Throughout this journey, President Clayton Hess and the Board of Trustees have provided unwavering support.”

In achieving full approval, LMU Law has demonstrated that it is in full compliance with all of the 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 (DOE) as the accrediting agency for programs that lead to the JD degree.

Full approval entitles LMU Law to all the rights of a fully approved law school, and enables its graduates to take the bar exam in any American jurisdiction. 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 (TBLE).

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU 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-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at


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6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752