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.
As it begins its fourth year, the law school had set a goal of 50 new students. This is a significant jump from the 15 students who enrolled in fall of 2015 and the 30 students who comprised the first-year classes in 2014 and 2013.
According to Indiana Tech Law School Dean Charles Cercone, applications also increased three fold.
Cercone credited the interest and high enrollment to several factors, including the school’s curriculum which it describes as “innovative (and) career-oriented,” and to the American Bar Association’s grant of provisional accreditation in March 2016.
“The news about accreditation coupled with a program that works from day one to prepare students for careers in law, has made our school very appealing to students from around the country,” Cercone said. “We received nearly three times as many applicants this year over last year and we’re excited to welcome our new students to campus this week.”
New student orientation started Wednesday with fall semester classes set to begin Monday.
The incoming class of law students comes from 45 colleges and universities in 15 states including Indiana, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.
The class is 55 percent men, 45 percent women and 30 percent minority students. Eight members hold master’s degrees and eight have served in the U.S. military.