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5:55 PM, Aug 31, 2011   |    comments
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Lincoln Memorial's Duncan School of Law played host to the Tennessee Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon in Knoxville.

The court regularly listens to cases in different parts of the state.  However, the justices' decision to hold court at the Duncan School of Law was a first.

 

LMU's law school has only been in existence for two years.  Dean Sydney Beckman said having the court convene at LMU would help provide an important lesson to the school's roughly 200 students.

"It's going to be an incredible opportunity for some of them to actually see lawyers in action," Beckman said.

He said the Duncan School of Law has had a relationship with the Tennessee Supreme Court ever since it was created.  In 2009, the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners approved the school's Doctor of Jurisprudence program.  That board, which gave LMU graduates the ability to take the state's bar exam, is run under the direction of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

According to Assistant Professor of Law Bruce Beverly, the experience students received Wednesday in the Old City Hall building is the kind of hands-on education LMU thinks students should get.

"What we've tried to do here is bring our students a practical sense of the day to day use of the law," Beverly said.

The Duncan School of Law has both part-time and full-time programs.  It is currently looking to obtain accreditation from the American Bar Association. 

Beckman said the school has two meetings coming up in regards to that.  For the time being, he said the school is "cautiously optimistic."

 

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