LMU Duncan School of Law Welcomes Students for Orientation

Class of 2026

Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) welcomed 148 new students this week who are pursuing the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree.


LMU Law’s Full-time J.D. Program (Class of 2026) includes 124 students from 28 different states and two foreign countries, Brazil and Canada. LMU Law’s new and innovative Part-time/Hybrid J.D. program (Class of 2027) includes 24 students from ten different states.


The newest members of the LMU Law community participated in two days of orientation activities designed to help students understand the rigors of law school as well as meet their colleagues. Among the topics covered were academic success, study and exam strategies, curricular overview, student life and conduct, and the importance of diversity on success in the legal profession.


“We are thrilled to welcome the largest and most diverse class in LMU Law’s history into our community,” said Vice President and Dean Matt Lyon. “I am so grateful for the hard work of all our faculty, staff, and upper-level students, who helped make our new students’ transition to law school as smooth as possible.”


LMU Law’s Full-time Program is three years in length, with classes beginning on Thursday, August 10.


LMU Law’s Part-time/Hybrid Program is four years in length. Students in the Part-time/Hybrid Program take a reduced course load each semester and attend class year-round. The program consists of approximately two-thirds asynchronous online instruction. Students are required to come to Knoxville to attend class in-person 14 times over the first three years of the program, with the fourth year being held entirely online. The visits occur over long weekends, the first of which was held on August 4-6. 


LMU Law received a total of 640 applications between the two programs. Many students matriculating in each program attended colleges and universities outside of Tennessee.


The Full-time J.D. Program (Class of 2026) is 64 percent female and 36 percent male, and the average age of the class is 25. The Part-time/Hybrid J.D. program is (Class of 2027) is 62 percent female and 38 percent male, and the average age of the class is 36.


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 value-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.

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