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Thursday, April 12, 2018

ABA: Duncan Law School Does Not Meet Admissions Accreditation Standard

LMU LogoABA Journal, Duncan School of Law Does Not Meet Admissions Standard, ABA Accreditation Committee Says:

Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, Tennessee, is “significantly out of compliance” with an accreditation standard requiring that schools admit candidates who appear capable of finishing law school and passing a bar exam, according to an April 5 letter released by the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

According to the communication, the accreditation committee found that the Tennessee law school was not in compliance with Standards 501(a) and (b), which state that law schools should maintain “sound admissions policies and practices” and not admit candidates who seem like they won’t finish law school or bass a bar exam.

The communication also states that the committee found the law school to be out of compliance with Interpretations 501-1, 501-2 and 501-3. 501-1 deals with academic attrition and an incoming classes’ academic credentials, 501-2 focuses on admissions policies and practices and 501-3 states that a law school with a cumulative nontransfer attrition rate higher than 20 percent is not in compliance with Standard 501.

Out of its first-year class, Duncan’s nontransfer attrition percentage was 22.2 percent, according to its Standard 509 Information Report for 2017. The law school’s median LSAT score is 148, and its median undergraduate GPA is 3.08. ...

The accreditation committee made its finding in March, according to the April 5 letter. It states that the law school was asked to submit a report by Aug. 1 and appear before the accreditation committee in November. If the report demonstrates compliance with the admissions standard, the hearing may be canceled, the letter states.

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