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LMU law school makes changes as it works toward accreditation

4:03 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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An East Tennessee law school is making changes to work toward accreditation from the American Bar Association.

The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law lost its bid for accreditation last December. The school has re-applied and plans to drop a lawsuit it filed against the ABA.

The ABA identified three standards which the institution hasn't yet complied with related to changing economic conditions in the legal profession.

LMU recently hired an experienced legal consultant to guide the school in its strategic planning process. The school will make some adjustments, but students shouldn't notice.

"For the students, there should be no evidence of change. Our programs go on, the classes will continue and their ability to sit for the bar in the state of Tennessee is still in place, so we do not anticipate that students will experience any major change," said LMU President Jim Dawson.

The school's dean, Sydney Beckman, is on leave for research for the rest of the academic year. The school says he will remain tenured. The search for a new dean is in progress.

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