December 11, 2012 - Knoxville, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President B. James Dawson has announced the appointment of Randy Mathews as Director of Admissions at the LMU-John J. Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL).

Mathews joins the LMU-DSOL administration following an 18-year career with BARBRI, a company with a 45 years of experience in law school and bar exam preparation. At BARBRI, Mathews worked his way up from state director to vice president for academic affairs. During that time he was responsible for preparing more than 10,000 students throughout the Midwest and South for their law school and bar exams. He also worked with deans, professors, university and administrative personnel to develop successful programs to prepare students for the bar.

Mathews earned a Juris Doctor from Samford University Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

His education coupled with his work experiences provide him with a unique skill set that is well suited for his new role at LMU-DSOL. Having worked with many regional Universities and schools for many years, Mathews has established relationships with many of the schools from which LMU-DSOL recruits. Additionally, he will be able to draw on his experience in developing products to prepare prospective students for the rigors of law school to counsel prospective students.

“Randy Mathews comes to LMU with extensive experience in legal education. He has the unique view of being an outsider with insider’s access to nearly all of the nation’s top schools,” Dawson said. “We will look for him to draw on his many contacts with schools across Tennessee and the nation to recruit the next generation of ethical lawyers.”

Mathews started work on December 1. He is responsible for all facets of recruiting students to enroll at LMU-DSOL including outreach, leads generation, application processing and working with the admissions committee on accepting students.

The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE) has granted LMU-DSOL approval through 2017. The TBLE approval allows all the School’s graduates to apply to sit for the Bar Exam in Tennessee. The Doctor of Jurisprudence program at LMU-DSOL has approval from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL 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

The Dean is fully informed as to the Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools by the American Bar Association. The Administration and the Dean are determined to devote all necessary resources and in other respects to take all necessary steps to present a program of legal education that will qualify for approval by the American Bar Association. The Law School makes no representation to any applicant that it will be approved by the American Bar Association prior to the graduation of any matriculating student.

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