New law school admits first student

November 8, 2012
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Congratulations, Megan Marks! You’re Indiana Tech Law School’s first student. The law school announced Marks’ admission this week.

Marks is a 21-year-old psychology major at Purdue University and a native of Fort Wayne, where the Indiana Tech Law School will be located. She was admitted after applying through the school’s early binding decision admissions program. Those who applied through that program made Indiana Tech their first choice for law school.

In a release from the school, Marks says that she wanted to attend a law school near her home and where she wants to start her legal career.

Dean Peter Alexander said that Marks had strong credentials and “could probably attend” many other law schools in the region. He expects to receive “many more” applications like Marks’ in the coming months, according to the release.

The school didn’t say how many other students took advantage of the early binding decision admissions program. Indiana Tech Law School aims to have 100 students in its inaugural class, which will start classes in a new facility in August 2013.

I am not sure it is a coincidence that Marks is the first student admitted. It seems like good publicity to have that student be a Fort Wayne native, especially when trying to establish yourself in the state and region as a viable option for law school. Could Marks be an example of the typical Indiana Tech law student: one who is from the area and wants to work in Fort Wayne?
 

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  • Great Idea
    This is fantastic news. In a mere 3 years Ind. Tech. will be pumping 100 new lawyers a year into the Ft Wayne market. How lucky for the Ft. Wayne community! Clearly, Indiana's 2 private law schools and 2 public law schools could not keep up with the demand for law grads in today's wonderful legal market. Congrats Megan! You are on the first step towards your legal career!!
    • Perfect timing
      It is the best of all possible times to be entering the legal profession. Just curious, but if the school never receives accreditation does Megan get her tuition back?
    • Congratulations
      I would like to wish her a sincere congratulations, without the sarcasm of the previous posts. The people of Fort Wayne are committed to education and are proud of their city. They are not afraid to look beyond the current upheaval in the legal market and plan for the future. Fort Wayne is a great community in which to raise a family and it only makes sense that Megan would want to take advantage of the chance to learn in the community in which she plans to practice. I have confidence that despite the elitists and naysayers the people of Fort Wayne will make this school a great place to learn the skills required to practice law in this century. Welcome home, Megan.

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