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Indiana Tech's new law school will be on Ft. Wayne campus

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Indiana Tech officials announced Tuesday that the school will build a 70,000-square-foot, $15 million facility on its main campus in Ft. Wayne to house its new law school.

Since announcing in May 2011 that it was creating a law school, Indiana Tech has looked at locations in downtown Fort Wayne and on campus. Having the law school on campus gives law students more opportunity to interact with the rest of the university and take advantage of on-campus services and facilities, said founding law school dean Peter Alexander.  

He also pointed out that the law school will be close to downtown, allowing students and faculty to foster working relationships with the local legal community.

The law school plans to officially open in the fall of 2013 with an initial class of 100 students. The university wants to differentiate itself from existing law schools by using collaborative and experiential learning and emphasizing practical experience.

Students at Indiana Tech will be able to take courses in the MBA program or other graduate programs that would count toward degree completion in the law school, Alexander said.

Indiana Tech is a private school that has 11 campus locations throughout Indiana and one in Louisville, Ky. Alexander, who was named dean in December 2011, said he expects to have a full-time assistant dean for admissions selected in March, at which time student recruitment efforts will begin. Tuition is projected to be nearly $28,500 in the first year.

Construction on the new law school is projected to be finished by July 2013. A rendering of the school is available on Indiana Tech’s website.
 

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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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