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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    1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

    2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

    3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

    4. I am sorry to hear this.

    5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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