Statement as issued Monday by the law school:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Indiana Tech Law School announced today that it will create a binding early decision application process for individuals who plan to apply only to the Fort Wayne program.
Assistant Dean for Admissions Jessica Anderson explained that the early decision application will streamline the admissions process for many people. “For those who have said that they really want to attend Indiana Tech and do not plan to apply to any other law schools, we can speed up the process and reduce their application costs,” she said. To ease the application burden, the school has developed a process to identify and admit those applicants as quickly as possible.
Law School Dean Peter Alexander said the law school has received more than 800 inquiries already from prospective law students, and some of those who have expressed interest have made it clear that Indiana Tech is their top choice for law school. “We want to acknowledge that commitment to us by reducing their paperwork and the cost of applying to law school,” Alexander said.
Anderson expects the application to be available online with the Law School Admission Council (www.LSAC.org) beginning September 15, 2012, and it will remain open until October 31, 2012. A reduced application fee of $25 will be required at the time of application. The standard application fee will be $50, and the standard application also will be available beginning September 15.
“Applying through our early decision process will allow us to assess an application within a smaller pool of applicants,” Anderson said. “It is intended only for those applicants for whom Indiana Tech Law School is their first choice. Once they apply, we will render a decision within 3 weeks after the application has been completed.”
An application is completed once the applicant pays the reduced application fee and completes the online application form, and Indiana Tech receives the Credential Assembly Service Report (CAS Report) from LSAC.
The early decision also will require the applicant to commit to attend Indiana Tech Law School. “If we grant someone admission through the early decision process, that person will have one week within which to withdraw any applications that were sent to any other law school,” Alexander explained. “They will also have to pay a single deposit of $300 to secure their seat in the fall 2013 charter class. Any applicant who accepts his or her seat through the early decision program is also representing that they will not submit a later application to any other law school.”
For applicants who apply during the traditional application season, two deposits will be required. The first deposit is $100 due in April, and the second deposit is $300 due in June.
Both Anderson and Alexander believe that the early decision process will be a win-win for the law school and for prospective law students.
“We can use the early decision files to jumpstart our admissions process by admitting strong applicants who intend to attend our law school,” Alexander said, “and it reduces the admissions costs and shortens the timeline for those people who know that they want to attend law school only at Indiana Tech.”
For more information, visit www.IndianaTech.edu/law.