Indiana Tech Law School Viewbook
A viewbook for a more in-depth look at Indiana Tech's new Law School.
DEAR FRIENDS, On behalf of the entire Indiana Tech community, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the new Indiana Tech Law School. Consistent with the philosophy of our University, Indiana Tech Law School will serve as a model of relationshipbased experiential education and outcome-based learning. It is our hope that you will quickly learn that Indiana Tech Law School will provide you with a different kind of education, one that is innovative and exciting. From the very first semester of law school, you will experience a transformative legal education. You will take courses in Professionalism and Ethics in your first year. Additionally, in every required course and in at least one-half of the upper-level electives each semester, your professors will share their classrooms with attorneys and judges who will bring real life experiences into each course. The faculty and our colleagues from the bench and bar will work together in a unique way to ensure that the theory, history, and practice of law are blended seamlessly. Outside of the classroom, you will have many opportunities to experience the practice of law as well and we hope that you will take advantage of them. Indiana Tech Law School will operate seven legal clinics right from our building. In addition, you will have the ability to work in non-profit and governmental law offices all around Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio for course credit. These work experiences can be part-time or, in some cases, full-time for one entire semester! As a potential member of our Charter Class, you will be a part of the force that shapes the direction of our law school for years to come. You will have the opportunity to be a part of the publication of the first law review volume, sit on the first Moot Court Executive Board, or be the first president of the Student Bar Association. When you graduate in 2016, your name will forever be a part of the first class to graduate from Indiana Tech Law, a legacy only 100 people will share. I invite you to read our Viewbook from cover to cover and contact us if you have any questions. The descriptions in the pages that follow may seem different from most other law schools you are considering. That is intentional. Indiana Tech Law School intends to make it a priority to prepare students for success in law, leadership, and life and we hope that you will join us on that journey. PETER C. ALEXANDER DEAN AND PROFESSOR OF LAW Dean Peter Alexander is a dynamic and energetic individual who comes to Indiana Tech Law School with an impressive professional and academic background, making him most qualified to lead the School both during its formative years as well as for many years to come. His creative and imaginative ideas will make the Law School a true leader in the legal profession. As a practicing attorney, the one idea I find most exciting and most important is his emphasis on legal ethics, professionalism and civility. In my career, ethics have always been a very important part of the practice of law but the practice has evolved over the last few years to the point where sometimes it appears that professionalism and civility now take a second chair to the end result of the case. Peterâ€™s leadership at Indiana Tech Law School will best prepare new graduates to be prepared to be zealous advocates for their clientâ€™s position and his emphasis on ethics and civility will allow Indiana Tech graduates to achieve that result bringing honor and dignity to the legal profession. JACK E. ROEBEL DEPUTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY ALLEN COUNTY, INDIANA CONTENTS A New, Better, Kind of Law School By The Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Innovative Skills-Based Curriculum . 5 First-Year Curriculum. Upper-Level Curriculum, Concentrations Experiential Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Semester-In-Practice, Clinical Education, Externships Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Highlights, State Of The Art Moot Courtroom Fort Wayne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Campus Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Career Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Apply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Application Requirements, Scholarships, Financial Aid, Character And Fitness, Non-Us Citizen Or Permanent Resident Applicants/Non-Us Educated Applicants 2 Not a new law school, but a better law school … a top-notch faculty dedicated to turning students into lawyers who are ready to hit the road running, a state of the art physical facility and a community committed to making it happen… that’s Indiana Tech Law. JEANNE LONGSWORTH, JD, CPA LONGSWORTH LAW LLC A NEW, BETTER, KIND OF LAW SCHOOL Find your place. At Indiana Tech Law School, there’s a place waiting for you. BY THE NUMBERS 1 3.5 4 7 13:1 15 100 156 360 2013 60,000 Number of law schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana Projected median cumulative undergraduate GPA for the Charter Class Number of concentrations we will offer Number of clinical opportunities we will offer Projected student: faculty ratio once we reach full capacity Number of credits first year law students will take each semester Students in the Charter Class Projected Median LSAT Score for the Charter Class Projected population of the law school once we reach full capacity (Fall) Year our charter class begins law school Projected number of volumes in the law library 4 INNOVATIVE SKILLS-BASED CURRICULUM Indiana Tech Law Schoolâ€™s curriculum reflects the very best thinking about legal education. 5 Full-Time, Day-Only Program First-Year Curriculum From the very first day of Orientation, you will experience a new and exciting learning environment. We aim to bring you the very best practices in legal education today, taught by a dynamic, innovative faculty. You will learn legal history, philosophy, and theory—just as students at other law schools will do—but you will also learn first-hand how judges and lawyers apply those lessons to the practice of law and to finding solutions to people’s problems. You will study professionalism and ethics beginning in your first semester and you will discover that these are among the most important topics that lawyers need to know. You will discover that Indiana Tech Law School is a place where theory and practice are equals in the classroom so that you are better prepared for the world beyond law school. In every first year course (and in many upper level courses), you will be asked to apply your knowledge to a real-life problem introduced to you by your professor or a member of the bench or bar. You will be asked to provide written documentation in response to the problem presented, and you will receive feedback from your instructors. The first-year curriculum will consist of thirty (30) credit hours of study, one-third of the ninety (90) credit hours that will be required to graduate. During the first year students will enroll in the following courses: Collaborative and experiential learning will serve as cornerstones, and you will be challenged to hone your lawyering skills from day one in a variety of ways including, ethics and professionalism courses in the first year of law school, mandatory pro bono activities, and experiential learning opportunities in many classes. 6 FALL SPRING Civil Procedure (4) Constitutional Law (3) Contracts (4) Ethics (2) Criminal Law (3) Property (4) Professionalism (1) Torts (4) Legal Research & Writing (3) Legal Research & Writing (2) TOTAL: 15 TOTAL: 15 Are you ready for an adventure? Upper-Level Curriculum After the first year, you may choose to enroll in a wide variety of electives. You may opt to follow a general, traditional curriculum, or you may decide to focus your upper-level course work. If you would like to focus your education in a particular area of the law, you will have four “concentrations” from which you may choose. Students who choose a concentration will also participate in either a clinic or a “Semester-in-Practice.” CONCENTRATIONS ADVOCACY/DISPUTE RESOLUTION TRANSACTIONAL LAW Today 95% of civil cases filed and 90% of criminal cases filed never go to trial. Those facts make having a solid grounding in alternative dispute resolution a foundation your future clients will value and you will find you use on a daily basis in the practice of law. For those cases that do go to trial, having the skills necessary to be a zealous advocate for your client in today’s technologically advanced courtrooms will put you a cut above the rest. With both a business track and an estate planning track, this concentration will equip you will the skills needed for a transactional law practice. If business law is where you choose to concentrate, you’ll learn the basics of business organizations, take classes on the Uniform Commercial Code, and then choose electives based on your area of interest. If you see yourself as an estate planner, you’ll learn the basics of trusts and estates, federal income tax, and estate planning. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY/ TECHNOLOGY LAW GLOBAL LAW AND LEADERSHIP One of today’s fastest growing legal fields is Intellectual Property and Technology Law. Attorneys who are practicing in this area of law focus on issues regarding Internet privacy and regulation, ownership of inventions, trade secrets and images, and a host of other 21st Century issues. As society becomes increasingly digital, many questions must be answered about the use and misuse of data, images, and ideas. Enrollment in this concentration will uniquely prepare you for this fast-paced, ever-changing area of law. Each day, the world becomes a smaller community of nations. Described by some as a global community without borders, international law and international business transactions will require that lawyers around the world are equipped to participate in a complex marketplace where knowledge of other languages, customs, laws, and cultures is essential. Enrollment in this concentration will expose you to a wide variety of courses that will prepare you to assume leadership in areas such as human rights, international trade, and international litigation. 7 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING All of the experiential learning opportunities at Indiana Tech law will work together to ensure that our students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in todayâ€™s competitive legal job market. 8 Semesterin-Practice A “semester-in-practice” opportunity is one of the more exciting features of academic life at Indiana Tech Law School. If you choose to participate in a concentration, in your third year of law school you will earn class credit by working full-time, for one semester, with a non-profit or government law office. You will learn—first hand—what it is like to practice law well before you graduate. This unique experience will better prepare you for the day-to-day rigors of the practice of law, so you can hit the ground running upon graduation. Clinical Education If you participate in a clinic in your second or third year, you will be able to practice law under the supervision of a staff attorney or faculty member without leaving the law building! Clinical education will supplement your classroom instruction and will have the additional benefit of providing free legal services to a segment of the Fort Wayne community. MEDIATION CLINIC Students will assist the Vice President for Enrollment Management by facilitating the resolution of certain disputes between Indiana Tech students through mediation. TRIAL COURT CLINIC A faculty member will serve as a clearinghouse for the trial judges in Allen County, Indiana, and surrounding counties. The professor will supervise a team of law students who will be “on call” to provide law clerk assistance to the trial judges as needed. In Indiana, not all state court trial judges have full-time law clerks so the availability of a pool of law clerks will permit the local trial bench to examine more conveniently new, novel, or complex issues of law. VITA TAX ASSISTANCE CLINIC Students will draft simple wills, living wills, healthcare advanced directives, and related documents for Indiana Tech employees and their spouses or partners. VITA will operate as the Indiana Tech chapter of the national Volunteers in Tax Assistance Program that exists nationwide. In VITA, students will prepare income tax returns for low-income senior citizens in accordance with the conditions established by VITA, under the supervision of a law professor. IMMIGRATION CLINIC TECH-TRANSFER CLINIC ESTATE-PLANNING CLINIC Students will represent indigent clients who are not native to the United States in court or before administrative bodies regarding immigration and naturalization issues. member who supervises the tech-transfer clinic will direct teams consisting of one law student and one MBA student. The pair of students will be expected to work as a team to resolve the intellectual property and business issues that each inventor will confront when trying to move their ideas to market. UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS TREATY CLINIC Law students will be given the opportunity, under the supervision of a full-time faculty member, to write “shadow reports” for non-governmental organizations that act as monitoring committees to document the progress (or lack thereof ) of member states that have adopted international treaties. This clinic will provide Indiana Tech engineering and technology students and faculty who have an invention they wish to take to market with an interdisciplinary team to assist them. The faculty Externships In addition to semesters-in-practice and clinical offerings, there will be externship opportunities available to you in places such as the General Counsel’s office at Parkview Regional Medical Center, the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s office. If you participate in an externship, you will be able to work 10 or 20 hours a week under the supervision of a practicing attorney and will earn class credit while sharpening your practice skills. 9 FACULTY From the minute you arrive on campus, you will notice that Indiana Tech Law School is different. Our faculty is engaged in your education and committed to your success. Faculty members will not only serve as instructors, but will also become mentors and life-long colleagues. The Law School curriculum will reflect a purposeful effort to shape your education in a structured way, providing advice and counsel throughout your career, beginning with course selection and ending with career planning, with an express goal of preparing you for the practice of law or for whatever career path you decide to pursue. The faculty will be guided by the most current thinking about teaching and learning as it plans both the overall curriculum and each classroom experience. As a result, the Law School will offer abundant opportunities to expose you to legal theory and legal practice and the school’s program of legal education will be regarded as dynamic, intentional, thoughtful, and innovative. Peter C. Alexander DEAN AND PROFESSOR OF LAW Illinois, and the Hon. Harold A. Baker, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of Illinois. BA, Southern Illinois University JD, Northeastern University On January 9, 2012, Peter C. Alexander became the Founding Dean of Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne. Dean Alexander served as a member of the faculty at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois from 2003 until January of 2012, and he served as Dean of the law school from 2003 until 2009. Prior to joining the Southern Illinois faculty, Dean Alexander was on the faculty of The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University for eleven years, where he served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development for two years. Before joining the Penn State-Dickinson faculty, Dean Alexander was in private practice in Champaign, Illinois for seven years. Dean Alexander also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Larry L. Lessen, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of 10 Dean Alexander is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute; he is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, the American Bar Foundation, and the Illinois Bar Foundation; and he is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Dean Alexander’s ideal vacation is a long, lazy weekend in Quebec City to practice his French. COURSES TAUGHT BY DEAN ALEXANDER ◆◆ ◆◆ ◆◆ Bankruptcy Law Evidence Trail Practice andré douglas pond cummings ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND PROFESSOR OF LAW BS, Brigham Young University JD, Howard University Before joining the faculty at Indiana Tech Law School, Dean cummings was a Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law. Prior to embarking on his academic career, Dean cummings worked as a judicial law clerk for Associate Chief Justice Christine M. Durham of the Utah Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Joseph W. Hatchett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In addition, he worked at the Chicago, IL based law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focusing his practice on complex business transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and securities offerings of publicly traded corporations. Simultaneously, Dean cummings represented clients in the sports and entertainment industries, including athletes in the National Football League, record labels, and a variety of authors, including Hollywood screenwriters and novelists. Dean cummings has written extensively on issues regarding investor protection, racial justice, and affirmative action, publishing in the Utah Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Iowa Law Review Bulletin, Nebraska Law Review, Harvard BlackLetter Law Review, Louisville Law Review, Marquette Sports Law Review, Iowa Journal of Gender, and Race and Justice amongst many others. Dean cummings recently released a book entitled Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law (with Anne Marie Lofaso). Dean cummings has been recognized as Professor of the Year on three occasions since 2004, including the University Distinguished Professor Award by the West Virginia University Foundation. Dean cummings has taught as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Syracuse University College of Law and Temple University Beasley School of Law — Tokyo Campus. COURSES TAUGHT BY DEAN CUMMINGS ◆◆ ◆◆ ◆◆ ◆◆ ◆◆ ◆◆ Civil Procedure Business Organizations Entertainment Law Hip Hop and the American Constitution Securities Regulation Sports Law Phebe Poydras ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR LIBRARY AFFAIRS AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW JD, Southern University Law Center to librarianship. She has recently served on the Advisory Group on Medical and Law School Libraries which provided assistance to the Task Force on the Future of Academic Libraries in Florida. Her research interests are many, but primarily focus upon student learning and legal research instruction. MLIS, Louisiana State University Dean Poydras is also an avid scrabble player. Dean Poydras joins Indiana Tech after nine years at Florida A&M, where she served as the Director of Library Services for Florida A&M University College of Law and Assistant Professor of Law. Over the course of her time in Florida, she not only managed the law school library’s budget but also the Orange County Bar Collection’s budget. She has over 12 years of professional law library experience collected from Florida A&M University and Southern University Law Center. COURSES TAUGHT BY DEAN POYDRAS BA, University of New Orleans ◆◆ Advanced Legal Research ◆◆ Legal Bibliography ◆◆ Legal Methods Dean Poydras is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the Southeastern Association of Law Libraries, and various other library associations. She has served on various committees and is truly committed 11 Guadalupe T. Luna PROFESSOR OF LAW BA, University of Minnesota on the nation’s food production systems and agricultural workers. Professor Luna is additionally a blog contributor to the AALS, Agricultural Law Blog and Nuestras Voces Latinas Blog. JD, University of Minnesota Guadalupe T. Luna began teaching at Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1992 and served as Interim Associate Dean in 2008–2009. Before entering legal education she practiced immigration and employment law in San Antonio, Texas, with the Mexican American Legal Educational Fund. She also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Theodore McMillian, United States Court of Appeals, for the Eighth Circuit. She completed law school at the University of Minnesota where she was editor-in-chief of the Law and Inequality Journal. Professor Luna is a night-owl whose ideal vacation is wandering in colonial castles and churches from the feudal time in Sweden or Mexico. COURSES TAUGHT BY PROFESSOR LUNA ◆◆ Agricultural Law ◆◆ Landlord Tenant ◆◆ Property Law ◆◆ Remedies Professor Luna has published widely in a number of areas and her particular areas of interest include property, race and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that concluded the United States war against Mexico in 1848. She has also published Victoria Duke ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF LAW BA, Southwest Texas State University JD, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Professor Victoria Duke brings to Indiana Tech School of Law over twenty-one years of experience in legal academia, seventeen years of experience in the practice of law, and thirteen years of experience of municipal court knowledge. Over these years she has not only served as a professor of law, but also as a director of a Legal Methods program and as an Interim Clinical Director. Professor Duke is one of the few professors who have experienced the law by concurrently itinerating in three intertwined legal career paths over the course of many years. As a result of her experiences, Professor Duke has found the need to incorporate an array of experiential learning opportunities as the common denominator for many of the courses she teaches. Here at Indiana Tech School of Law Professor Duke will include these teaching formats in her torts, advanced torts, and juvenile law classes. Her motto is that the goal is not teaching, but rather providing a learning opportunity for all students to grasp the information in the format in which they are best able to learn. Thus, her objective is to utilize teaching methods that complement a variety of learning styles. 12 Professor Duke’s scholarly research focuses on the integration of torts law to consumer-related issues primarily to address remedies for civil misconduct. Additionally, she published an article on remedies for disagreements in international environmental disputes. Her publications are in selected law reviews such as Santa Clara Law Review, Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review, Florida State University Law Review, and an upcoming article in the Seton Hall Circuit Review. In spite of her busy career, Professor Dawson is currently working on her “pre-bucket” list. She has taken professional dance lessons, learned how to play golf, participated in a flash mob, and learned to ride a motorcycle. She is looking forward to adding more exciting and adventurous activities in the near future. COURSES TAUGHT BY PROFESSOR DUKE ◆◆ Advanced Torts ◆◆ Elder Law ◆◆ Juvenile Law ◆◆ Legal Education Access Program ◆◆ Legal Methods I and II ◆◆ Professional Responsibility ◆◆ Torts I and II Law school is a great learning experience—but the opportunity at Indiana Tech Law School emphasizes the experience part of learning. Indiana Tech Law School will give you a chance to learn the law while you apply legal principles in a context of current legal issues. You can see how your studies make a difference in the world—in real time! How much better to go beyond words on a page to know the application to a business or personal context. It not only makes sure that the principles are clearly understood, but it makes law school a lot more interesting—and better prepares the student for the practice of law or its application in business. That’s great education, Indiana Tech Law School! CATHERINE A. WILCOX SR. VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL PARKVIEW HEALTH SYSTEM, INC. 13 FACILITY Our brand new 70,000 square foot facility will open in the summer of 2013, and members of the charter class will be among its very first inhabitants. A state-of-the art moot courtroom, law library, in-house legal clinic, and abundant study spaces are just some of the features of our facility which will be conveniently located on the west (downtown facing) side of Indiana Techâ€™s campus. Facility The main entrances to the law library and the legal clinic, as well as the administrative office suite, are found on the first floor. The clinic will be paperless and client interview rooms will include closed-circuit cameras to allow the law student clinician and client to interact under the remote supervision of staff attorneys, thus permitting a more natural attorneyclient relationship to develop. The second floor will house the student lounge, including tables and chairs for study and sofas for relaxing, along with a television for break time. The second and third floors will both be homes to faculty offices, classrooms and additional library space. Located throughout the building, you will find soft seating areas designed to encourage faculty and student interaction. Nine small- and large-group study areas dot our building, including seven rooms on the top floor of the cylinder, which will offer sunfilled study environments and expansive views of the city. Highlights ◆◆ Entire building will offer wireless computing ◆◆ Distance Learning Classroom ◆◆ 24-hour key-card access to the law school building and law library ◆◆ Outdoor terrace with covered seating for study and social interaction State-of-the-Art Moot Courtroom ◆◆ Seating for 120 with power outlets throughout. ◆◆ The second story of the two-story courtroom will boast a balcony with additional seating and a 180-degree viewing platform enclosed in glass, with sound from inside the courtroom broadcast through speakers, so students on the move can observe proceedings without interrupting as they come and go. ◆◆ Students will be trained to use the litigation support software that is utilized by the federal courts. 15 FORT WAYNE Located just blocks from the center of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana Tech Law School offers all the advantages of city life combined with the friendliness and low cost of living for which the Midwest is so well known. With a city bus stop across the street from the law building and easy access to downtown on foot, you will never lack options for a quick meal or entertainment. A Greyhound bus station offers access to your favorite spots in the US. Fort Wayne’s international airport makes coming and going from destinations across the country and around the world a breeze. In your free time, cheer on the TinCaps, Fort Wayne’s minor league baseball team at the award winning Parkview Field; visit the animals at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo; 16 take in an evening with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; or research your family tree at the Allen County Public Library, home of the nation’s largest public genealogy collection. Over 80 parks and recreational spaces are available to take a minute to “stop and smell the roses.” Interested in doing a little shopping? Between the local outdoor mall, Jefferson Point, and indoor mall, Glenbrook Square, you will have no trouble satisfying your shopping needs. Also, with over 500 restaurants, this “City of Restaurants” will have something to delight any palate. When you need a weekend out of town, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Columbus, OH are situated three hours or less driving distance from Fort Wayne. OTHER FORT WAYNE HIGHLIGHTS: ◆◆ Embassy Theatre ◆◆ Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory ◆◆ Fort Wayne Komets Hockey Club (2012 President’s Cup Champions) ◆◆ Fort Wayne Mad Ants Basketball ◆◆ Fort Wayne Museum of Art ◆◆ Fort Wayne Cinema Center ◆◆ Historic Fort Wayne CAMPUS LIFE LAW SCHOOL As members of the Charter Class, you will be the founders of the student groups within the Law School. Indiana Tech Law School will be home to a Student Bar Association, Law Review, and several Mock Trial and Moot Court teams. There are many other student organizations commonly seen in law schools that you and your fellow class members will have the opportunity to start, including, the Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, Decalogue Society, Federalist Society, Law School Democrats, Law School Republicans, OUTLaw, Phi Alpha Delta, Womenâ€™s Law Society, and the list goes on! The law school building will be alive with visitors and speakers. With our legal clinic housed right inside the building, members of the Indiana Tech community and the surrounding area will drop by to meet with their studentattorneys regularly. In addition, the courtroom will be made available to the Indiana Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and local state courts to hear cases and arguments. Adding to the vibrant hustle-and-bustle of our building, we will also offer continuing education to members of the bench and bar. TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS When you want a break from the law building, our location on Indiana Techâ€™s park-like campus allows for a short walk over to Andorfer Commons to grab a bite to eat, bowl a few frames, or watch a movie! Our Wellness Center, located about 2 city blocks from the law building and connected to Andorfer, houses state-of-the art fitness equipment and offers fitness classes, such as yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing and access to a nurse practitioner at no cost to you. 17 ACCREDITATION In Indiana, the only accrediting body for law schools recognized by the Indiana Supreme Court is the American Bar Association (ABA). Some states independently accredit law schools apart from the ABA; Indiana does not. In order to sit for the Indiana bar you must have graduated from a fully or provisionally ABA-accredited law school. In order to sit for the bar in any other state as a graduate of Indiana Tech Law School, we must also be fully or provisionally accredited by the ABA. A student will be deemed to have graduated from a provisionally ABA-accredited law school if that school is provisionally accredited when the student matriculated OR is granted provisional accreditation during the student’s course of study, even if the school loses its provisional accreditation while the student is enrolled. In order to be granted provisional accreditation, a law school must be reviewed by the ABA. That review includes a site visit to the school. The ABA does not permit an initial site visit to be conducted until a law school has been in operation (with students having matriculated) for at least one year. Because Indiana Tech Law School will not matriculate our first class until the fall of 2013, the earliest we are eligible for a site visit by the ABA is the fall of 2014, and the earliest the ABA could grant our provisional accreditation following that site visit is in the late fall of 2014 or the spring of 2015. The Dean is fully informed as to the Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools by the American Bar Association. The Administration and the Dean are determined to devote all necessary resources and in other respects to take all necessary steps to present a program of legal education that will qualify for approval by the American Bar Association. The Law School makes no representation to any applicant that it will be approved by the American Bar Association prior to the graduation of any matriculating student. CAREER SERVICES The career services office at Indiana Tech Law School will be committed to ensuring your success as you enter the job market. With the wide variety of experiential learning opportunities that will allow you to practice law during law school, employers looking to hire practice-ready graduates will take notice of our graduates’ experience levels. SERVICES OFFERED: ◆◆ ◆◆ ◆◆ ◆◆ 18 On-campus job interviews Résumé and cover letter review and drafting assistance Seminars on career related topics such as, “Choosing the Right Legal Career Path for You” and “Non-Traditional uses for Your JD” Mock interviews The opportunities for learning at this campus are exponential. Not only do they have a curriculum focused on practical learning through experience, but also a wealth of opportunities of learning through clinic experiences and community partners. Its a novel approach to law school learning, and I believe an asset to those law students and their future employers. What a benefit to the Fort Wayne community! DESIREE KOGER-GUSTAFSON STAFF ATTORNEY NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTIAN LEGAL CLINIC, FORT WAYNE OFFICE 19 APPLY Indiana Tech Law School is committed to creating a community of legal scholars who are passionate about the law and justice, represent diverse factions of society, and who will serve as positive reflections on themselves and our school. In reviewing each application, the admissions committee will consider undergraduate grade point average, LSAT score, community/university involvement, work experience, life experience, education beyond the bachelorâ€™s degree, diversity, preparation for the rigors of law school, letters of recommendation, and any and all information that an applicant provides to us in his or her personal statement. 20 To apply to Indiana Tech Law School, please submit your application (requirements at right), along with your $50.00 application fee to Indiana Tech Law School through the Law School Admission Counselâ€™s website, www.lsac.org. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. A bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. An LSAT score that is less than five-years old (when more than one LSAT has been taken, Indiana Tech Law will consider the highest score). A minimum of two letters of recommendation (one must be from someone in the academic community who can speak to your ability to succeed in law school). A résumé. A personal statement. Your personal statement can cover any topic important to you, but it is helpful to the admissions committee if you include information about your desire to pursue your Juris Doctor degree at Indiana Tech Law School. A $50.00 application fee. Please be aware that if LSAC has granted you a waiver for their fees, we will grant you one as well. SCHOLARSHIPS Highly qualified candidates will automatically be considered for scholarship awards. FINANCIAL AID If you plan to apply for need-based loans, you must fill out the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). It is available January 1 at www.fafsa.gov. CHARACTER AND FITNESS Beyond the necessity of passing a state bar examination, in every jurisdiction, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications you will need to demonstrate prior to your admission to the state bar association. Prior to your matriculation at Indiana Tech Law School, you are strongly encouraged to determine the licensure requirements of the state(s) in which you intend to practice. While you are required to answer certain questions related to Character and Fitness as a component of our application, admission to Indiana Tech Law School does not guarantee admission to any bar. NON-US CITIZEN OR PERMANENT RESIDENT APPLICANTS/NON-US EDUCATED APPLICANTS If you completed more than one year of your undergraduate education outside the US, you must have your foreign transcripts sent to LSAC for authentication. For additional information on authentication of foreign transcripts, please visit www.lsac.org/JD/Apply/cas-internationallyeducated-apps.asp. If English is not your first language and you were not awarded a bachelor’s degree from a US college or university, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For additional information on the TOEFL, please visit www.ets.org/toefl/. YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM Indiana Tech participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program, please visit www.gibill.va.gov or contact Christian Arnold, VA Representative, at 1.800.937.2448, ext. 2242. 21 CONTACT US: 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803 855.TECH.LAW firstname.lastname@example.org www.indianatech.edu/law