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Despite ABA Accreditation Issue, Duncan Law Grads Can Sit for Tenn. Bar Exam

Posted Apr 25, 2012 2:30 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Denied in December the provisional accreditation it had hoped to win from the American Bar Association, a Tennessee law school, in addition to filing an appeal directly with the ABA, has been waging a federal court battle, as yet unsuccessfully, to force the ABA to change its mind.

However, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law caught a break from the Tennessee Board of Bar Examiners, which have agreed to extend for five years the school's state preliminary accreditation. That means its first class of graduates, who will will their law degrees in May, will be able to take the state's bar exam, the National Law Journal reports.

"Throughout this difficult process, the LMU Board of Trustees and the legal community of Knoxville and all of East Tennessee has remained engaged and supportive," said law dean Sydney Beckman of Duncan in a written statement. "To all the legal professionals who have wrapped their arms around our cause, ‘Thank you,' will never be enough."

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Federal Judge Nixes Duncan Law TRO, Calls School’s Future Success in Suit Against ABA ‘Unlikely’"

ABAJournal.com: "Judge Stays Duncan Law Litigation, Denies School’s Motion for Reconsideration"

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