Dear Friends and Future Colleagues, I am pleased to welcome you to Indiana Tech Law School, and I appreciate that you are interested in learning more about who we are and what makes us truly extraordinary. Beyond our beautiful new building and state-of-the-art learning technology, what is decidedly fresh about Indiana Tech Law School is our approach to legal education. We searched for the right combination of words to describe ourselves, and we distilled the essence of what our law school is all about to this: “Personal, Practical, Possible” Personal. Our faculty combines deep theoretical training with enormous practical knowledge of the law. All are accomplished scholars, successful lawyers and great teachers, who possess a deep commitment to each student’s personal growth and success. Our small size and individualized approach affords each faculty and staff member the opportunity to get to know their students. Without question, our focus is on preparing you to become a successful legal professional. We back this up by having ample resources dedicated to your academic success, career placement and bar preparation. When you walk through our doors each day, you will not get lost in the crowd. Instead, you will feel like you are at home. Practical. Indiana Tech Law School’s approach to preparing “practice-ready” lawyers is based on our philosophy that learning theoretical concepts is indivisible from actually implementing those theoretical concepts. We break down the traditional law school barriers between theory and practice by structuring our curriculum in an intentionally sequenced way. We integrate cross-curricular experiential exercises that seamlessly blend the theoretical with the practical. In all three years you’ll be learning and then doing. When you graduate from Indiana Tech Law School, you will have a portfolio of skills and real-life legal documents that are comparable to a second or third- year practicing attorney. No other law school in the country is delivering legal education in this manner. Possible. Legal education frequently takes a bad rap in the national media because of its high cost, the debt loads incurred by law school graduates and the conditional nature of scholarships awarded by other law schools. At Indiana Tech Law School, every student we admit is equally capable of becoming a superb lawyer and equally deserving of an affordable legal education. With the support of the university, we are able to offer all incoming students the lowest tuition of nearly any law school in the country. And that low tuition will be effective as long as you are enrolled here, no strings attached. We believe a high quality legal education should be within the reach of every student, without the worry of huge student loan payments in the future. Simply put: We make it possible. When Indiana Tech President, Dr. Arthur Snyder, and the university’s board of trustees revealed plans to build a law school in Fort Wayne, they faced questions about why another law school was needed. The reply was simple and united: Indiana Tech will not be just another law school. Their charge to us–the faculty and staff of Indiana Tech Law School– was to build a truly innovative, unique law school. We believe that we have made their vision a reality. I’m confident that you will agree and become a part of our next entering class.
Charles Cercone Dean and Professor of Law
The Tech Law Difference An experiential curriculum that provides students with a portfolio of skills and real-life practice experiences that are comparable to a second-year attorney. » The nation’s first cross-curricular hypothetical project that requires students to litigate a hypothetical case from initial client interview to appellate brief. » More required legal writing credits than any law school in the United States.
» Intensive personalized feedback and assessment. » Robust externship and clinical opportunities for second- and third-year students. » More experiential and collaborative opportunities than any other law graduates in the country.
» United States Supreme Court » An intimate, educational Amicus Project allows students community of student-focused to work on cases affecting the faculty and staff. civil rights and liberties of citizens throughout the region and country.
Indiana Tech Law School’s curriculum reflects the best thinking about legal education.
Indiana Tech Law School is becoming a national leader in legal education. The law school’s fully integrated program of legal education is the first of its kind in the United States to train students to think, write and practice like lawyers in real-world contexts and at the highest levels of the profession. Our integrated program of experiential learning reflects our commitment to providing students with an educational experience that combines the best practices of traditional legal education with competency-based pedagogies that meet the needs of our students and the demands of a changing legal profession. The integration of legal doctrine with lawyering tasks and the process of learning by thinking, writing and advocating is at the heart of our curriculum. It embodies an evolutionary pedagogy that ties curricular requirements to student attainment of real-world legal competencies. In every first-year course and in most upper-level courses, you will be asked to apply your knowledge to real-life problems introduced to you by your professors and members of the bench and bar. You will be asked to develop written work product in response to the problem presented, and you will receive feedback and assessment from your instructors. The first-year curriculum will consist of 32 of the 90 required credits of study. During the first year, students will enroll in the following courses: FIRST-YEAR FALL
Civil Procedure ................................................... 5
Experiential Legal Writing II.......................... 3
Foundations of Legal Analysis II..................1
Criminal Law......................................................... 3
Experiential Legal Writing I............................ 3
Foundations of Legal Analysis......................1
Total first-year required credits......... 32
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THE CROSS-CURRICULAR HYPOTHETICAL MODEL: BRINGING COHESION TO THE CURRICULUM
The Law Schoolâ€™s innovative cross-curricular model links all doctrinal and skills courses through a complex fact pattern that includes legal issues from all courses and requires students to litigate a hypothetical case from start to finish. In their first year of law school, students draft the most common litigation documents and engage in simulations as they would occur in law practice. This includes: 1. An initial client interview 2. Paper and electronic research 3. Three predictive memorandums 4. A client letter 5. A complaint 6. A motion to dismiss under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 7. Interrogatories and document requests 8. A motion to compel discovery 9. A motion for summary judgement 10. An appellate brief 11. Oral arguments at the trial and appellate court level UPPER-LEVEL WRITING AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
1. At least one legal wrting course designated as meeting the standard of the Upper-Level Writing requirement, as indicated by the course descriptions, 2-3 credits. 2. At least one Skills course, as indicated by the course descriptions, 6 credits. SECOND-YEAR FALL
Constitutional Law............................................ 5
Criminal Procedure........................................... 4
Experiential Legal Writing III......................... 2
Experiential Legal Writing V.......................... 2
Foundations of Legal Analysis III................1 (or elective)
Evidence.................................................................. 4 Foundations of Legal Analysis V................. 2
Professional Responsibility............................ 3 THIRD-YEAR SPRING SECOND-YEAR SPRING
Business Organizations................................... 4
Experiential Legal Writing VI..........................1 Foundations of Legal Analysis VI............... 3
Commercial Law................................................ 4 Experiential Legal Writing IV......................... 2 Foundations of Legal Analysis IV................1
Total third-year required credits..................................... 15
Wills, Trusts and Estates.................................. 3 Total second-year required credits..................................... 25
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PRO-BONO SERVICE REQUIREMENT
All students are requred to perform a minimum of 30 hours of pro bono service. Students can begin performing pro bono service in the spring semester of the first year and can receive credit for up to 15 hours. Starting in the summer after the first year, the cap is lifted and students must complete the remaining 30 hours of pro bono service by the end of their final year to be certified to graduate. In order to qualify for credit towards the requirement, the pro bono service must be law-related. In addition, students may not receive finanacial compensation or academic credit for providing pro bono service. Moreover, a licensed attorney or other qualified supervisor must adequately supervise and review any and all work. The types of activies that qualify for pro bono services will be approved by the law school administration. Total required credit hours: 71-73 Elective course hours: 17-19 Total credit hours required for Juris Doctorate degree: 90
We require thirteen credits of legal writing throughout all six semestersâ€“ more than double the average at law schools nationwideâ€“ and require students to research complex legal issues, draft numerous real-world litigation and transactional documents and participate in simulated depositions, oral arguments, settlement negotiations and mediations. Our legal writing program is both quantitatively and qualitatively distinct from other law schools. In addition to devoting 13 credits to legal writing over six semesters, our program requires students to draft many of the litigation and transaction documents they will encounter in law practice, and to do so in a variety of factual and legal contexts. Simulations, including oral arguments at trial and appellate court level, negotiations and client interviews are also infused into the first-year and upperlevel writing courses to develop studentsâ€™ strategic decision making, client counseling and persuasive advocacy skills. The result is that students graduate with the analytical training and practical knowledge needed to advocate successfully on behalf of their clients, and to solve complex problems.
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Following an innovative first-year experience, Indiana Tech Law students will have the opportunity to practice law in their second and third years of law school through a robust offering of externship, semester-in-practice and clinical opportunities. Every student who matriculates at Indiana Tech Law School will be given the opportunity to earn significant credits in the actual practice of law under the supervision of a practicing attorney.
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The law school has offered a diverse array of externships to students since it’s opening in the 2013-14 academic year, and student participation has been substantial. Some of the externships available to students include: 1. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office 2. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana 3. The Allen County Superior Court 4. The Whitley County Superior Court 5. Allen County Prosecutor’s Office 6. White County Prosecutor’s Office 7. Fort Wayne Housing Authority 8. Fort Wayne City Attorney’s Office 9. Federal Public Defender’s Office 10. Allen County Department of Child Services 11. The Indiana Center for Creative Collaboration In each externship, students perform real-world lawyering tasks, including, but not limited to, reviewing case files, drafting legal documents and conducting research, all of this occurs under the close supervision of a licensed attorney and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. In addition, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs holds weekly class sessions in which students complete, among other things, assignments reflecting on their experiences and evaluating their performance.
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1. United States Supreme Court Amicus Project (2 Credits)
The United States Supreme Court Amicus Project is a 2-credit course taught by Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor of Law Adam Lamparello, who is a member of the Supreme Court Bar. Qualified upper-level students have the opportunity to assist in researching and drafting amicus briefs and petitions for certiorari (where appropriate) on constitutional law issues relating to, among other things, free speech, due process, liberty and privacy.
2. Law Clerk Clinic (2 Credits)
In the law school’s nationally-recognized Law Clerk Clinic, students will be “on call” to provide assistance to trial judges at the state and federal level. This will include, but not be limited to, assisting judges in Indiana’s problem-solving courts, which include drug courts, veterans’ courts and reentry courts.
3. Mediation Clinic (2 Credits) In the law school’s Mediation Clinic, students learn the fundamental skills necessary to successfully mediate a wide range of legal matters and assist in mediating disputes that are currently pending in state court. 4. Appellate Litigation Clinic (2 Credits) (Forthcoming Spring 2016)
The Appellate Litigation Clinic will perform pro bono work for indigent criminal defendants pursuing direct or collateral appeals in state and federal court. Although students cannot engage in direct client representation until the law school receives provisional accreditation, students will, under the supervision of Adjunct Professor and practicing attorney David Amen, conduct client interviews, legal research and draft appellate briefs. The clinic will include both a classroom component and reflective journaling.
Law school presents new and exciting academic challenges. Students will be charged with learning a new language, a new approach to problem solving and a new way of studying. To guide and assist students through law school and bar exam preparation, we offer all students a comprehensive academic and bar exam success program that is unmatched elsewhere. This program is led by the Assistant Dean for Student Achievement and Assessment. Starting from orientation, students will be given guidance and support during the entire law school experience on all of the skills needed to be successful in law school, on the bar exam and once one becomes a practicing attorney. In our required Foundations of Legal Analysis courses, students will receive instruction and assistance with topics that sometimes cause students frustration, such as the IRAC method of essay writing, case briefing, course outlining, time management, law school exam taking, legal analysis, legal writing as well as bar preparation. In students’ first and second years of law school, these courses work collaboratively with the doctrinal classes to ensure all students have the specific and transferable skills to be successful in those classes, as well as in externship and clinical experiences. During the last three semesters of law school, the Foundations of Legal Analysis courses focus on a rigorous extended bar review program in partnership with BARBRI, which sets all students up for success on the bar exam. This extended bar review program includes a full, post-graduation bar review course. But most importantly, the skills students acquire through our program will last a lifetime. 16 | Law.IndianaTech.edu/Academics
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
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 not only serve as instructors, but also become mentors and lifelong colleagues. Your faculty advisor will engage with you in 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 is 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 offers abundant opportunities to expose you to legal theory and legal practice, and the schoolâ€™s program of legal education is already regarded as dynamic, intentional, thoughtful and innovative.
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Charles E. MacLean
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty and Associate Professor of Law
LL.M., New York University School of Law
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
J.D., Ohio State University
M.B.A., University of Minnesota
College of Law
B.A., University of Minnesota
B.A., University of Southern California
Charles MacLean is a former county
Adam Lamparello earned his bachelorâ€™s
attorney in Minnesota who has taught
degree from the University of Southern California, his Juris
Legal Research and Writing at the Duncan School of
Doctorate from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz
Law at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, Tenn.,
College of Law, and a Master of Laws from New York University
and at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn.
School of Law.
MacLean also taught Criminal Law, Death Penalty
From 2007 to 2011, Lamparello taught Legal Research and
Seminar and Trial Advocacy at Duncan, as well as
Writing and Moot Court at Loyola University, New Orleans
Appellate Advocacy at William Mitchell.
College of Law. Thereafter, Lamparello was a visiting associate
MacLean earned his bachelorâ€™s degree from the
professor of law at Mercer University, Walter F. George School
University of Minnesota and his law degree from William
of Law where, from 2011 to 2012, he taught introductory and
Mitchell College of Law.
advanced legal writing courses. Lamparello also taught Criminal
Courses taught by Dean MacLean
and Constitutional Law at Morris County College in Randolph, New Jersey from 2012 to 2013.
Courses taught by Dean Lamparello Lawyering Skills, Criminal Law, Experiential Legal Writing, Law Review, White Collar Crime
Lawyering Skills, Foundations of Legal Analysis, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Moot Court, Experiential Legal Writing
Associate Dean for ABA Accreditation and Bar Preparation and Associate Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Library Affairs and Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., University of Michigan
J.D., Southern University Law Center
B.A., Denison University
B.A., University of New Orleans
Before joining Indiana Tech,
Poydras joined Indiana Tech Law
MLIS, Louisiana State University
Nussbaumer had 31 years of full-time
School after nine years at Florida
faculty experience at Western Michigan University Thomas
A&M, where she served as the director of library services
M. Cooley School of Law, including 18 years in senior
for Florida A&M University College of Law and assistant
academic leadership positions.
professor of law. Over the course of her time in Florida,
Nussbaumer has appeared more than a dozen times
she not only managed the law school library’s budget
before the ABA Accreditation Committee and Council of
but also the Orange County Bar Collection’s budget.
Legal Education, helping lead successful efforts to secure
She has more than 12 years of professional law library
provisional and full approval for three different law school
experience collected from Florida A&M University and
branch campuses. He has served as a member of the ABA
Section of Legal Education Diversity Committee, and he is
currently a fact-finder and site inspection team member
Poydras is a member of the American Association of Law
for the ABA Accreditation Committee.
Libraries (AALL), the Southeastern Association of Law
Nussbaumer’s scholarship has focused on access to law
Libraries, and various other library associations. She has
school for students of color, with multiple law review
recently served on the Advisory Group on Medical and
publications in the St. John’s Law Review and the
Law School Libraries which provided assistance to the
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Law Review. He
Task Force on the Future of Academic Libraries in Florida.
has presented his research findings on this subject at the
Her research interests are many, but primarily focus upon
National Bar Association’s 2006 and 2007 Annual Meetings,
student learning and legal research instruction.
the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2007 Annual
Courses Taught by Dean Poydras
Legislative Conference, the 2009 Annual Meeting of the
Advanced Legal Research, Legal Bibliography,
Association of American Law Schools and the 2010 ABA
Annual Meeting. Nussbaumer is the recipient of the National Bar Association’s 2007 Presidential Award, the ABA Council of Legal Education Opportunity 2008 Legacy Justice Academia Award and the State Bar of Michigan’s 2010 Champion of Justice Award. Nussbaumer’s practice background includes serving as a law clerk to former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary S. Colemen and as an assistant public defender for the Michigan Appellate Defender Office.
Courses Taught by Dean Nussbaumer Foundations of Legal Analysis
andré douglas pond cummings
Dean of Law School
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs and Professor of Law
J.D., State University of New York School of Law B.A., Williams College Chuck Cercone began his duties as Dean of Indiana Tech Law School on
J.D., Howard University School of Law B.S., Brigham Young University
Jan. 5, 2015. Most recently, he served
Before joining the faculty at Indiana
as dean of faculty at Western Michigan
Tech Law School, cummings was a
University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, a position he has held
professor of law at the West Virginia University College of Law.
since 2003. Cercone first joined Cooley Law School in 1996 as
Prior to embarking on his academic career, cummings worked
professor of law, and had also served as acting dean of students
as a judicial law clerk for Associate Chief Justice Christine
during his tenure there.
M. Durham of the Utah Supreme Court and for Chief Judge
Cercone is a member of the American Bar Association and holds bar admissions with the State of New York, State of Michigan, Federal Courts in Michigan and New York, and the United States Supreme Court. He has served as Vice Chair of the Board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing since 2009, and on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, also since 2009. Cercone earned a B.A. in history from Williams College, and his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. In addition to his education background, Cercone has extensive practice experience, having worked at several of the most prestigious law firms in the U.S. prior to his career in legal education. Cercone has practiced law with Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation in Buffalo, New York; Wilkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City; Bingham McCutchen, LLP in Boston; and Dewey Ballantine in New York City. His practice areas included environmental compliance and litigation, general litigation defense, corporate and tax law.
Courses taught by Dean Cercone Civil Procedure, Tax Law, Evidence, Moot Court, Environmental Law, Bar Skills, Indiana Practice and Procedure
Joseph W. Hatchett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In addition, he worked at the Chicago-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, 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. cummings has written extensively on issues regarding investor protection, racial justice, and affirmative action, publishing in the Washington University Law Review, Utah Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Iowa Law Review Bulletin, Nebraska Law Review, Harvard BlackLetter Law Review, Iowa Journal of Gender, and Race and Justice among many others. cummings released his first book, entitled “Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law” in 2010 and released his next book, “Hip Hop And The Law,” in 2015. cummings has been recognized as professor of the year on several occasions since 2004, including the University Distinguished Professor Award by the West Virginia University Foundation. 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, Sports Law
PROFESSOR OF LAW
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW
LL.M., University of Florida College of Law
J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
J.D., University of Montana School of Law M.A., Michigan State University B.A., University of Montana Courses taught by Professor Larson:
B.A., DePauw University Courses taught by Professor McCallister: Experiential Legal Writing, and Evidence
Federal Income Tax and Wills, Trusts, and Estates
STEVEN RICHARDSON ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW
M.L.S., University of Kentucky
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW
J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law
J.S.D., U.C. Berkeley School of Law
B.A., University of Kentucky
J.D., Hastings College of Law
Courses taught by Professor Richardson:
Legal Research, Immigration Law, and
Courses taught by Professor Lindgren:
Advanced Legal Research
Health Law, Torts, and Family Law CYNTHIA SWANN GUADALUPE T. LUNA
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW
PROFESSOR OF LAW
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., University of Minnesota School of Law
M.A., Georgetown University
B.A., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Maryland
Courses taught by Professor Luna:
B.A., State University of
Property, Landlord-Tenant, and Remedies
New York at Buffalo Courses taught by Professor Swann:
NANCY MARCUS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW S.J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School LL.M., University of Wisconsin Law School J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law B.A., James Madison College at Michigan State University Courses taught by Professor Marcus: Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, First Amendment, and Appellate Advocacy
Legal Process, Pretrial Practice, Experiential Legal Writing, The First Amendment, and Contracts
Key Staff ROBERT W. GEVERS, II ASSISTANT DEAN FOR CAREER SERVICES
ARETHA GREEN ASSISTANT DEAN FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS
LAURA DANNEBOHM ASSISTANT DEAN FOR STUDENT ADVANCEMENT AND ASSESSMENT
SEAN MIDDLETON ASSISTANT DEAN FOR ADMISSIONS
CRYSTAL CULLY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ADMISSIONS
We speak in volumes. The mission of the Indiana Tech Law School Library is to support Indiana Tech Law School’s overall purpose of preparing you for success in law, leadership and life. Accordingly, the law library seeks to collect resources and develop services that will enhance the academic, scholarly, experiential and collaborative learning experiences of you, our student, and provide the faculty, who are charged with leading you on your academic journey, with the resources and services necessary to conduct their scholarly research. The spacious law library occupies three floors of the law building. The library is open, bright, and student friendly, with more than 240 seats for our constituents’ use. The windows on each level were constructed with sound-proof glass, which provides a well-insulated, peaceful study environment. For those who need quiet space for group study, there are nine study rooms available on the third floor, which boast magnificent views of downtown Fort Wayne.
The law library’s collection includes statutes, reporters, legal forms, treatises, journals, audio visual materials, general works, and microform. We are well on our way to building a collection of 60,000 volumes! We provide access to multiple online resources including Bloomberg Law, HeinOnline, LexisNexis, The Making of Modern Law, ProQuest and Westlaw. During the day, the law library is open to the members of the bench, bar and the general public. In addition to an a impressive array of resources, the law library has a staff that provides excellent service and is always willing to help you meet your research goals and needs.
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Our 70,000-square-foot facility opened in the summer of 2013. A state-of-the art courtroom, law library, in-house legal clinic and abundant study spaces are just some of the features of our facility, which is conveniently located on the west side of Indiana Tech’s campus.
The main entrances to the law library and the legal clinic, as well as the administrative office suite, are located on the first floor. The second floor houses the student lounge, which has tables and chairs for study, along with a television and storage lockers for break time. The second and third floors are homes to faculty offices, classrooms and additional library space. On the third floor you will also find a second student lounge and soft seating area adjacent to a generously apportioned student organization work room. 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 rooms on the top floor of the cylinder, which offer sun-filled study environments and expansive views of the city.
» The main floor has seating for 120, with power outlets throughout. »
The second story of the two-story courtroom boasts 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.
» Three cameras will video record students as they practice their legal presentation styles.
As a law student in one of the first few classes to join our community, you will have the unique opportunity to establish new student organizations. Becoming a part of student organizations will enhance your law school experience by assisting in the development of your leadership skills and giving you the opportunity to expose the law school community to trending legal issues. Our Charter Class has been busy preparing the way by establishing the Student Bar Association, the Womenâ€™s Law Society, the Federalist Society, the Christian Legal Fellowship, and the Black Law Students Association. Opportunities for founding/chartering new student organizations are limitless. Examples of some additional student organizations commonly seen in law schools include: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Democratic Law Society, the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, National Latina/o Law Student Association, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, and Public Interest Law Society. 26
Membership on the Law Review is reserved for students who rank in the top 10 percent of their class after the first year, or who are invited to join the review based on a writing competition that occurs in the summer prior to the beginning of classes. Currently, the law review members are editing articles for the law review’s inaugural edition. The inaugural edition is based on a symposium held at the law school in November 2014, which addressed reforms to legal education. MOOT COURT/MOCK TRIAL
The law school’s Moot Court Team enables students to participate in regional and national competitions throughout the year. In the 2014-15 academic year, the Moot Court Team traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina, to participate in the Billings, Exum & Frye Moot Court Competition at Elon Law School. The Moot Court team intends to compete in several national competitions in the 2015-16 academic year. Moot Court team members are evaluated, based on the quality of an appellate brief that is drafted in advance of a competition, and on the quality of oral arguments that the Moot Court team’s coach directly observes during moot court competitions. CAREER SERVICES
The Indiana Tech Law School Career Services office is committed to providing students with guidance and services that assist in obtaining legal experience while in law school, furthering career development, and securing rewarding positions upon graduation and beyond. The Career Services office advances the law school’s mission that students graduate with real legal
know-how by creating experiential learning opportunities, extensive real-world training, and access to employment opportunities. We act as the conduit between you, the student, and employers by locating and placing students in internships, externships, and pro bono experiences. These engagements may begin as early as the summer following completion of your first year of law school and continue throughout your law school career. Finally, the Career Services office provides students with individually tailored career counseling and training to ensure success in field placement. Some of the services offered by the Career Services Office include: » Fall and summer on-campus interview events » Personal career counseling » Career strategy timeline for first-, second-, and third-year students » Cover letter, résumé, and writing sample guidelines and training » Career development workshops and career fairs » Mock interviews » Informational interviewing and job interviewing advice and training » Networking guidelines » Career planning resources » Symplicity software access (software includes job postings)
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Number of credits first-year law students will take the first year
Fort Wayne’s rank on Forbes’ list of cities with the “highest quality of life”
Projected number of volumes in the law library
Projected student: faculty ratio once we reach full capacity
(Fall) Year our charter class began law school
Year Indiana Tech was founded
Fort Wayne’s metropolitan population
Fort Wayne’s rank on Livability.com for “Best Affordable Places to Live”
Number of credits first-year law students will take the first semester
Number of credits needed for graduation
Number of states represented by Indiana Tech Law School students
Projected population of the law school once we reach full capacity
Life at Indiana Tech Law School is so much more than just an exceptional education.
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 United States. 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 awardwinning Parkview Field; visit the animals at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo; 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. More than 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 Pointe, and indoor mall, Glenbrook Square, you will have no trouble satisfying your shopping needs. With more than 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, Ohio, are three hours or less driving distance from Fort Wayne.
OTHER FORT WAYNE HIGHLIGHTS:
» Embassy Theatre » Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory » Fort Wayne Komets Hockey Team (2012 Presidents’ Cup Champions) » Fort Wayne Mad Ants Basketball team (2013-14 NBA Developmental League Champions) » Fort Wayne Museum of Art » Fort Wayne Cinema Center » Historic Fort Wayne LAW SCHOOL
The law school building is alive with visitors and speakers. With our legal clinic housed right inside the building, once it is up and running, members of the Indiana Tech community and the surrounding area will drop by to meet with their studentattorneys regularly. In addition, the courtroom has been made available to the Indiana Supreme Court, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and local state courts to hear cases and arguments. Adding to the vibrant hustle-and-bustle of our building, we also offer continuing education to members of the bench and bar. CAMPUS LIFE
When you want a break from the law building, our location on Indiana Tech’s park-like tobaccofree 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 Fitness Center, connected to Andorfer, houses state-of-the art fitness equipment and offers fitness classes, such as yoga, Pilates and kick-boxing, as well as access to a nurse practitioner and mental health professional at no cost to you.
Live to Learn OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING
LAYOUT AND ARRANGEMENT
Fort Wayne has abundant options for off-campus housing. Apartment complexes are scattered throughout the city and many large homes in Fort Wayne’s historic West Central Neighborhood have been converted into small apartment buildings. Indiana Tech Law School is located conveniently on the east side of downtown Fort Wayne. Located near downtown are the Three Rivers Apartments and The Harrison, which overlooks Parkview Field where the Fort Wayne TinCaps play. Rental options farther from campus may be more affordable than those downtown. To search for off-campus housing and find a good fit for you, please visit our website at Law.IndianaTech.edu/Student-Life/Resources/ Housing.
OF ON-CAMPUS APARTMENTS
Indiana Tech Law School’s on-campus housing option gives busy law students a simple and convenient solution to finding a home in Fort Wayne. Located across the street from the law building, Warrior Row A townhouse-style living gives students the ease of all-utilities inclusive living in fully furnished housing with other law students (or possibly other graduate students). Each student will have his or her own bedroom in a four- or five-bedroom unit.
» Each townhouse contains two full bathrooms, and each person has his or her own vanity/sink. » The living rooms are furnished with a couch, one or two chairs, a coffee table and/or an end table. » The kitchens contain a full-size refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, two-basin sink, breakfast counter with stools, and cabinets. » Full-size washer and dryer are also included. EACH PERSON ASSIGNED TO WARRIOR ROW IS PROVIDED WITH:
» Bed with twin long (80-inch) mattress » Desk with bookshelf » Desk chair » Dresser/armoire » Wall-mounted clothing rods for hanging clothes In addition, each student has an Ethernet port and cable television jack. All services are active throughout the year. To learn more about on-campus housing, please visit our website: Law.IndianaTech.edu/Student-Life/Resources/ Housing.
The Experiential Legal Writing curriculum is intense and it has made me a better writer. This skill will give me a â€˜leg-upâ€™ in a competitive job market.
Jon Olinger Charter Class Member
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 GPA, 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. To apply to Indiana Tech Law School, please submit your free application (requirements on page 39), to Indiana Tech Law School through the Law School Admission Counselâ€™s website, www.lsac.org.
The mentoring program at Indiana Tech has enabled me to strengthen relationships within the professional legal community. Having a judge or an attorney mentor guide us through our law school journey provides us invaluable experiences and knowledge most law schools never offer. My mentor and I meet for lunch or dinner every couple of weeks and keep in touch in the interim through a steady line of communication from email to text messaging. My mentor is not only a legal resource, but also a friend who will help prepare me to be the best attorney I can be.
Kyle Noone Charter Class Member
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Law schools always have focused on teaching students how to think like lawyers, but the students at Indiana Tech Law School also are being trained to act like lawyers through the experiential learning curriculum. And that is why the Office of the Indiana Attorney General is offering externships to Indiana Tech students who, from day one of their law school experience, have focused on ethics and putting first the best interests of their clients.
Greg Zoeller Indiana Attorney General
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CHARACTER AND FITNESS
1. A bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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.
2. An LSAT score that is less than five years old. When more than one LSAT has been taken, Indiana Tech Law School will consider the highest score. 3. A minimum of two letters of recommendation. If you have been out of college for less than five years, one must be from someone in the academic community who can speak to your ability to succeed in law school. 4. A résumé. 5. 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 at Indiana Tech Law School. SCHOLARSHIPS
Highly qualified candidates will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarship awards. FINANCIAL AID
If you plan to apply for federally funded loans, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is available Jan. 1 at fafsa.gov. Please see our publication, “Your Guide to Financial Aid: Funding Your Education,” for more information on financial aid.
NON-US CITIZEN OR PERMANENT RESIDENT APPLICANTS/NON-US EDUCATED APPLICANTS
If you completed more than one year of your undergraduate education outside the United States, 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. If English is not your first language and you were not awarded a bachelor’s degree from an English language speaking 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/. MILITARY
Students at Indiana Tech Law School are eligible for veterans benefits and Indiana Tech participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. For more information about veterans benefits, please visit www.gibill.va.gov.
This experience taught me how to be a real lawyer. There is a human component to this profession that can only be learned by doing, and that is what I got from this experience. Indiana Tech Law School has done a phenomenal job of preparing me with the legal knowledge that allowed me to help people and succeed in this opportunity.
Indiana Tech Law School 3L student, Robyn Clark on her two-month experience as a legal intern in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2015
Personal. Practical. Possible.
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