Indiana Tech: Another Law School Lesson Ignored

A law school that never should have existed bites the dust; the systemic problems remain.

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A law school that never should have existed bites the dust; the systemic problems remain.

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  • Chuck Bryant

    In my capacity as a former member of the final incoming class at ITLS, I find it imperative to emphasize that my decision, and that of my peers, to pursue a legal education in Fort Wayne followed months of extensive calculations. You will find students like myself throughout our student body who, despite gaining admission into a litany of other schools, chose Indiana Tech. Some of us were intrigued by the faculty‘s scholarship. Some of us understood the rarity of a small class size and wished to benefit from an intimate immersion into a life in the law. Some of us saw an opportunity for establishing new student organizations that could serve as a beacon for our philanthropic interests. Some of us seized a chance to follow our passion for the law without disrupting the lives of our family and loved ones. We all did our research. We all asked questions. We were all given the same false answers. The administration mentioned in this article assured us of a solidified budget for perceived losses which guaranteed Indiana Tech Law School would operate through at least 2020. We believed this promise because the ABA believed it. We then packed our bags, bought our books, and collectively dove into what was assumed to be our 1L year. Two months later, we arrive to school on a Monday morning and learn through a press release that we were lied to - our school will no longer exist following the spring semester. The immense amount of sacrifice required when one decides to pursue a legal education is undoubtedly realized within this forum. For the students with whom I am similarly situated, this event will serve as a costly year-long roadblock in our career paths. For others, it will be the abrupt and cruel end of their respective efforts.

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