Indiana Tech Law School meets with ABA

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Officials from Indiana Tech Law School met with representatives from the American Bar Association June 5 to discuss the Fort Wayne school’s accreditation.

The law school attended a hearing Friday before the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in Minneapolis. Indiana Tech Law School Dean Charles Cercone and his team did not reveal any details about the closed door session but did characterize the meeting as “positive and productive.”

A decision from the ABA Council could come in two weeks.

The law school, which accepted its first class in the fall of 2013, must be accredited in order for its graduates to be eligible to sit for the Indiana bar exam. In May, after reviewing the school’s curriculum and self study, the ABA’s accreditation committee recommended the Council not grant provisional accreditation.

At the time of the report from the accreditation committee, Cercone believed the committee might have wanted to see the law school finish developing the third-year curriculum before giving a positive recommendation. The dean had told Indiana Tech’s board of trustees the accreditation process was “very, very complicated” but he was optimistic the school would be accredited.

If the Council follows the committee’s recommendation, the law school will be able to apply again for provisional accreditation.

Orientation for first-year students at Indiana Tech Law School is scheduled for Aug. 19 with classes for all law students starting Aug. 24.  


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