Program provides an additional path for law school admission

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HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) will continue its Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program for fall 2014 enrollment to provide potential applicants an alternative means of admission to law school.

Law schools have historically considered a student’s GPA and LSAT scores as predominant factors in considering an application for admission. LMU-DSOL’s ATP Program allows applicants to complete a course similar to those taught in most law schools, thereby allowing success in the ATP Program to supplement traditional admissions criteria in assessing an applicant’s ability to withstand the rigorous demands of obtaining a legal education. There is no charge to participate in the program.

“Standardized tests, including the LSAT, have been difficult for students at all levels of education. These challenges often prevent capable students from pursuing their educational dreams,” said LMU-DSOL Interim Dean Parham Williams. “The mission of LMU and its law school centers on service to underserved populations in Southern Appalachia. The Admission Through Performance Program is yet another way LMU-DSOL is staying true to its mission.”

To be eligible for the ATP Program, applicants must have been considered for regular admission by the Admissions Committee and Dean. Applicants must have the following items on file:

. a current application for admission

. a personal statement

. two signed letters of recommendation

. a current Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)

Additionally, applicants must have scored 138 or higher on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) within the last five years and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.0. Applicants without a complete file at this time or new applicants interested in participating in the ATP Program still have time to apply.

If a prospective participant has not yet taken the LSAT or has a score less than a 138, but is scheduled to take the June administration of the LSAT, that participant can still conditionally enroll in the ATP Program so long as the Office of Admissions has received the prospective student’s application, personal statement and two letters of recommendation by Thursday, June 5.

The ATP Program consists of eight class sessions and participants receive instruction in the Foundations of Legal Analysis as well as a Survey of Criminal Procedure. Classes will be conducted on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (including one hour for lunch) beginning on June 7. The ATP Program concludes with a final examination on Aug. 2, which will be graded on a 100-point scale. Individuals scoring 70 or higher on the exam will be offered admission to the entering fall class, assuming all other requirements have been met. Individuals scoring 51-69 may also be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee and the Dean.

Space is limited, so participants are asked to commit to completing the program if they register. Pursuant to ABA Standard 304, no course credit will be given for the course. For additional information on the ATP Program or to register, contact the LMU-DSOL Office of Admissions by email at law.admissions@LMUnet.edu or by calling 865-545-5303.

LMU-DSOL has Tennessee Board of Law Examiners approval through May 2018 so all students may apply to sit for the bar exam in the state of Tennessee.

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