Indiana Tech Law School

Indiana Tech disperses books from law library

July 11, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bulk of the books from the law library at the defunct Indiana Tech Law School are finding a new home at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, while other volumes are going elsewhere.
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Top students still not interested in a JD

June 19, 2017
IL Staff
A few months before law schools around the country begin a new academic year, the number of people applying for admission has slipped, with the greatest decline coming from applicants posting the highest LSAT scores.
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Indiana Tech’s closing of law school leaves  unanswered questions

May 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
As the law school's last class graduates, its website has been taken down andstudents begin to transfer to other programs.
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Last class graduates from Indiana Tech Law School

May 15, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Waiting for graduation ceremonies to begin Saturday morning, Philip Davis summed up his place in the university’s history — at age 60, he is the oldest student who has ever graduated and ever will graduate from Indiana Tech Law School.
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Notre Dame, McKinney up, Maurer down in US News rankings

March 14, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Although deans consistently disparage the annual rankings, the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Law Schools may have given Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law reason to cheer.
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2016 Year in Review

December 28, 2016
IL Staff
From law school troubles to new court initiatives, take a look back at the top stories in Indiana Lawyer this year.
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ABA releases stats of classes entering in fall 2016

December 16, 2016
IL Staff
New information released from the American Bar Association underscores the differences between Indiana’s law schools.
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Legal educators: Well-being of Indiana Tech students must be first priority

November 16, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
While those who have studied trends in legal education differ on whether Indiana Tech will be one in a string of closures, they agree that the first priority must be the students.
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Impending closure of Indiana Tech Law School brings anger, uncertainty

November 16, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School's closure is the first time in the collective memory of the American Bar Association that a law school has closed without transferring its assets.
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Uphill battle likely if law school faculty sue Indiana Tech

November 3, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A lawyer retained by a faculty member at Indiana Tech Law School is questioning the university’s explanation for closing the school.
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Indiana Tech Law School dean argued for more time

November 1, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The decision by the Indiana Tech board of trustees to close the university’s law school came after law school dean Charles Cercone repeatedly argued the institution could become viable if it remained open.
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Indiana Tech Law School faculty considering lawsuit after closure announcement

October 31, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
One law school faculty member is describing Indiana Tech’s decision to close its law school as sudden, abrupt and shocking, and indicated that legal action may be coming.
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Indiana Tech Law School to close

October 31, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana Tech Law School will close at the end of this school year, the Fort Wayne institution announced less than one semester after graduating its first class.
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Indiana Tech regroups after disappointing bar results

October 5, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In the aftermath of abysmal bar exam results, Indiana Tech Law School is offering free additional test preparation courses to ready its first graduates for a second try, but observers say the school may need to do more than have students study harder.
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Indiana Tech Law School dean says 5 graduates appealing bar results

September 23, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Five graduates of Indiana Tech Law School have filed appeals with the Indiana Board of Law Examiners to have their bar exams reviewed, according to the law school’s dean Charles Cercone.
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Indiana Tech fails key test: 1 grad passes bar

September 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson, Marilyn Odendahl
The state’s newest law school has been mum about the dismal results and what’s next for the school and its students.
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Indiana law schools welcome Class of 2019

September 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The students in the Class of 2019 who recently began their legal studies at Indiana law schools are, for the most part, very similar to the crop that enrolled one year ago.
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Lone Indiana Tech Law student passes July exam

September 13, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The inaugural graduating class of Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne set a goal of a 100 percent bar passage rate, but a review of the names of successful July applicants reveals only one Indiana Tech student passed the Indiana Bar Exam.
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Enrollment jumps at Indiana Tech Law School

August 18, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana Tech Law School is welcoming its largest class ever with 55 new students expected to start their first year of legal studies next week.
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Indiana Tech Law School graduates under pressure to be exemplary attorneys

June 1, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The 20 graduates who received their J.D. degrees were part of a historic day for Indiana Tech Law School as they were the first to graduate from the state’s fifth law school. But faculty and graduates acknowledged that the graduation, while a significant milestone, is not the end of their work.
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Class of 20 is first to graduate from Indiana Tech Law School

May 16, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The charter class of Indiana Tech Law School participated in commencement ceremonies Saturday, marking another milestone for the Fort Wayne institution.
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Indiana law schools prepare for pomp and circumstance

May 3, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Graduation season is beginning with law schools around Indiana hosting ceremonies the next two weekends in May.
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Indiana Tech clears accreditation hurdle

March 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School has been granted provisional accreditation, just months ahead of the graduation of its first class.
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Legal education at what cost?

February 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
The economic storm of recent years was particularly perilous for the legal industry and law schools, but despite encouraging signs, former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard said the dangers have not passed.
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ABA committee recommends Indiana Tech Law School for accreditation

January 26, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School’s application for provisional accreditation has received support within the American Bar Association.
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  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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