LMU law school appealing accreditation decision

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Students and administrators have returned to Lincoln Memorial University's new law school, months after the school was denied accreditation, but officials are hopeful for a pending appeal.

The John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law admitted a smaller incoming class this year, after the American Bar Association offered the school a second opportunity to appeal a denial of accreditation. Dean Sydney Beckman told The Knoxville News Sentinel that administrators have submitted their argument and are waiting for a hearing to be set.

In the meantime, classes are still ongoing and the students can still sit for the Tennessee bar exam under a provisional state approval. About 90 students will make up the first graduating class of the law school in May.

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