LMU ‘Optimistic’ About Law School Accreditation

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is "optimistic" about its ability to achieve ABA accreditation for its law school, Knoxnews reports. Officials say accreditation could be settled this fall as they point to the school’s pass rate on the February bar exam. Duncan Law School Dean Parham Williams said he’s hopeful the school will receive provisional approval before the end of the year. “We are, frankly, more optimistic than we’ve been in some time,” Williams said. The Council of the Section on Legal Education, the ABA's accrediting body, first rejected LMU’s bid for approval in December 2011. Since then the school has submitted a new application. In July, 74 graduates took the bar exam, with 85 percent passing the test.