LMU Law Teams with Austin Peay State University to Offer APSU Students 3+3 Path to BS and JD Degrees
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess and Austin Peay State University (APSU) Interim President Dannelle Whiteside today signed an agreement to pave the way for an articulated educational program leading to the award of a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree from LMU Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) to qualified Austin Peay students.
The agreement, which was signed during a virtual meeting, outlines a “three plus three” program where APSU undergraduate students may apply to LMU Law following the third year of undergraduate studies. Once accepted to LMU Law and upon successful completion of the first year at LMU Law, a maximum of 30 LMU credit hours may be transferred toward the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Public Management degree at APSU. The articulated program provides students with an accelerated path to a law degree, saving both time and money. A traditional path would require four years to earn an undergraduate degree and three years to complete the requirements for a JD.
“LMU Law is thrilled to be partnering with APSU to provide this 3+3 opportunity for its undergraduates,” LMU Law Vice President and Dean Matt Lyon said. “Our universities’ missions are very similar, and we believe that APSU undergraduates will feel very much at home at LMU Law.”
“As someone who has earned a law degree, I can certainly see what an opportunity this is for Austin Peay students and I am excited for what this means for both institutions,” said Whiteside. “Our students are amazing, and I know they will make great contributions to the LMU Law community. I look forward to seeing the impact they have on the lives of the communities the choose to serve after the completion of this 3+3 program.”
To qualify for the program, participants must declare their intent to participate at least one semester before the participant completes the third year at APSU. They must apply to LMU Law through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and meet a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average that is at or above the 50th percentile for the first-year class immediately preceding the applicant’s desired start date. Likewise, candidates must have a minimum LSAT score at or above the 50th percentile for the first-year class immediately preceding the applicant’s desired start date at the time of application. For 2020, those benchmarks were a 3.21 GPA and a 150 on the LSAT. All applicants must also be interviewed for admission by LMU.
LMU Law will reserve up to five seats each year for participants who meet the criteria outlined in the agreement. The law school may choose to admit more than five students if there is an increased demand. While LMU Law has a similar articulated path for LMU undergraduate students, this is the first agreement with an outside institution.
LMU Law Associate Dean for Enrollment Services Randall Mathews joined Lyon and Hess in the meeting along with ASPU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Maria Cronley, College of Behavioral and Human Sciences Dean Tucker Brown, Professor Marsha Lyle-Gong, chair of the Austin Peay department of political science and public management and Associate Professor Harold Young. Young will assist in promoting the program to ASPU students and Mathews will assist students through the law school admissions process.
Established in 1927, Austin Peay State University occupies a site that has served the cultural and educational needs of the Clarksville-Montgomery County area for more than 200 years. Clarksville is the state’s fifth largest city and is home to Tennessee’s youngest population. The school is named after former Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay, a Clarksville native. Austin Peay is a four-year public, doctoral-level university comprised of more than 10,000 students.
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.