Illinois attorney to lead Indiana Tech law school

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The former dean of Southern Illinois University School of Law has been chosen as dean for Indiana Tech’s new law school, school officials announced Friday morning.

Peter C. Alexander will officially begin work on Jan. 9. He is currently a professor at the Carbondale, Ill., law school, where he served as dean from 2003 until 2009. Alexander has also worked in private practice in Illinois, was on the faculty of the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University for 11 years, and served as law clerk to two federal judges in Illinois.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from SIU and his juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in 1983.

“Peter Alexander shares our vision for law school education in the 21st century and has the qualifications and experience to help us achieve our goals,” said Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “I look forward to working with him as we continue our curriculum development and begin recruiting students for our first class.”

Indiana Tech, a private school based in Fort Wayne with campuses around Indiana and Kentucky, announced in May that its board of trustees approved moving forward with creating a law school in Fort Wayne. The law school hopes to have 100 students in its inaugural class.

This is not the first time Alexander will have worked at a law school in Indiana. He taught bankruptcy and evidence at Notre Dame Law School as a visiting professor in the fall of 2009 and 2010.

Alexander said he is humbled and honored to be chosen as the founding dean of the new law school and is confident that Indiana Tech School of Law will “quickly be regarded as the home of innovation in legal education.”

The school’s president, Arthur E. Snyder, defended the decision to open another law school in Indiana in an editorial this summer in a Fort Wayne newspaper. He cited a 136-page feasibility study done by the school, which says hundreds of students leave Indiana to attend law school and very few return to practice here. The study also says that the decrease in interest to go to law school in Indiana may partly be because of a lack of opportunity to attend an Indiana law school.

The law school is working toward obtaining accreditation by the American Bar Association. The approval process can take several years.

A web page dedicated to the law school says it is still determining the specifics of the program, leaving much of it up to the new dean. There is also a possibility that some credits would be offered online. Tuition is projected to be $28,500.


  • What a crock
    Maybe students who leave Indiana to go to law school don't return because their a so few legal jobs available......naaaaah.

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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.