Justice Gary Wade swears in the Class of 2013.


August 15, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee—The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) welcomed its inaugural class of approximately 80 students on Saturday for orientation. Classes at the part time Law School will commence Monday evening.

During orientation LMU-DSOL students were greeted by LMU Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, Chairman of the LMU-DSOL Board of Advisors Robert Watson, Dean Sydney Beckman and Associate Dean Gordon Russell. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade swore in the Class of 2013 following the formal program. The students also met with faculty advisors and received training on the tablet computers that they will utilize throughout their studies.

In his remarks, Beckman emphasized how LMU-DSOL would be different from other law schools. “We have and will continue to harness technology in a way that will change the way legal education is delivered. We have designed a curriculum that is innovative and solid. We have hired a talented faculty and will continue to hire talented faculty who not only have solid teaching credentials, but proven practice experience.”

The class of 2013 is comprised of 80 students all hailing from LMU’s primary service area of East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Kentucky. The average age of the class is 32 years old. The median LSAT score is 149 and the median GPA is 3.1. The 75th percentile LSAT is 152 while the 25th percentile LSAT is 146. Nearly 250 people applied to be in the inaugural class.

The University began admitting the class in April when the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) granted approval for LMU to offer the Juris Doctor (JD) degree program. LMU-DSOL received Tennessee Board of Law Examiner (TBLE) approval in February. The TBLE approval allows all the School’s graduates to be eligible to sit for the Bar Exam in Tennessee. LMU officials also have visited the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA accreditation process will follow once the inaugural class has completed their first year. ABA approval allows a school of law’s graduates to sit for the Bar Exam in most jurisdictions across the country.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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