Indiana may soon have a fifth law school. Indiana Tech’s Board of Trustees voted May 13 to move forward with establishing a law school in Fort Wayne.
The board voted unanimously to create a law school, citing Indiana Tech’s academic strengths; that Indiana is underserved in terms of the numbers of lawyers relative to Indiana’s population and economic activity; and that around half of Indiana residents pursuing a law degree go to out-of-state schools approved by the American Bar Association, according to a release on the school’s website.
“The establishment of the Indiana Tech school of law is a tremendously significant development not just for this university but for the community of Fort Wayne and the state of Indiana,” President Arthur E. Snyder said. “We have given this decision careful research and consideration, and we believe we can develop a school that will attract and retain talented individuals who will contribute to our region’s economic development.”
The school is now searching for a dean to lead economic development of the academic program and is pursuing accreditation by the ABA. Its goal is to open Indiana Tech law school in the fall of 2013 with 100 first-year students.