The Journal Gazette
Monday, October 31, 2016 10:20 pm

Indiana Tech Law School to close in June

Rosa Salter Rodriguez | The Journal Gazette

Citing low enrollment and $20 million in losses, Indiana Tech is closing its troubled law school June 30, 2017.

Indiana Tech's board of trustees voted unanimously to close. The school did not announce the timing of the decision.

According to a statement issued Monday, current students will have the option of completing the upcoming spring semester, and those in their final year will have the option to graduate from the school in May.

First- and second-year students will have the option to attend in the spring or transfer to other law schools, and the school promised individual help to  transferring students.

Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder said in a statement that "for the foreseeable future, the law school will not be able to attract students in sufficient numbers for the school to remain viable."

The Fort Wayne law school now has 71 students and projected 30 to 50 students per year would enroll. It failed its first accreditation try in 2015, and of its first class of graduates, only one of 12 who took the bar exam, in July,  initially passed it. One passed on appeal and another passed an out-of-state bar exam, according to Indiana Lawyer, an online legal news publication.

Previously, law school officials said they were committed to continue, even if on a small scale. The school was granted a provisional accreditation earlier this year, allowing graduates to take the bar exam. Passing the exam is required to become a practicing attorney.

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