ABA Denies Accreditation to New Law School in Tennessee

The American Bar Association has denied provisional accreditation to Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law, The National Law Journal reported. The school, which opened in the fall of 2009 and has 187 students, was prominently featured in a recent New York Times article about how the ABA’s accreditation standards contribute to the high cost of legal education. A brief statement by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar announces the decision against the Duncan school but does not disclose the reasons for it. The school’s dean, Sydney A. Beckman, said ABA officials had cited concerns about the academic credentials of incoming students, among other problems, but he disagreed with those findings. The school, located in Knoxville, Tenn., hopes to serve students from the Appalachian region at an affordable cost. It has 30 days to decide whether to appeal the decision.

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