LMU to open a law school in Knoxville

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Knoxville (WVLT) - Downtown Knoxville welcomes in a new tenant at an historic building.

Volunteer TV's Liz Tedone has the latest.

The Knoxville City Council approved two resolutions Tuesday night to allow Lincoln Memorial University to start a Knoxville Campus.

LMU will be starting a law school at the Old Knoxville City Hall. The building, on the corner of Summit Hill and Broadway, has been empty for three years. LMU administrators say they're taking a different approach with the curriculum.

"We're going to have an evening and night law school, that's our plans. We're on our way, and if we're going to be competing, we'll have a competitor with Nashville School of Law," said Pete DeBusk, the LMU Board of Trustees chairman.

The first law students will attend class in the Fall of 2009, and there are future plans for a doctoral education program at the Knoxville campus as well.

The Old Knoxville City Hall building was originally built in 1840 as the Tennessee School for the Deaf. TVA was the last agency to use the building in 2004.

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