A law school in Knoxville, Tenn., that was denied preliminary accreditation this month by the American Bar Association struck back today, suing the ABA in federal court, according to an announcement on the school’s Web site.
Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law, whose stated mission is to make legal education accessible to students in Appalachia, accused the ABA of denying the school due process. The suit also contends that the ABA is violating federal antitrust laws by limiting the number of new law schools and, by extension, the number of new lawyers it approves. No one at the ABA was immediately available to comment. Some lawmakers and legal experts have urged the ABA to toughen its accreditation standards, in part because of the slump in legal hiring and what many consider a glut of new law graduates.