A law school ridiculed for even opening has an inaugural class of just 30 people — way fewer than its goal of 100 students, The Indiana Lawyer reports.My message to the 30 Indiana Tech law students: Drop Out! If you can get your tuition money back, great, if not, don't send good money after bad. The legal job market is completely saturated. If, on the other hand, you want to graduate with $100,000 in non-dischargeable student loan debt and live in your parents' basement while not being able to even score an interview for a legal job and also finding out that your legal education knocks you out of consideration for good, high-paying non-legal jobs, then by all means stay at Indiana Tech. That will likely be your future.
[Indiana Tech Law School's founding dean, Peter] Alexander attributed the tiny incoming class to the nationwide decline in law school applications. Of course that comment raises the question of whether it should have opened in the first place.
Paul Campos, a law professor at the University of Colorado, previously derided Indiana Tech for purporting to set itself apart from other law schools and charging nearly $30,000 annual tuition to boot.
"Chutzpah has been defined as murdering your parents and then pleading for mercy because you're an orphan," Campos wrote on his now-defunct blog, Inside the Law School Scam. "How about setting up another legal diploma mill in a hyper-saturated market, while claiming that what will set your school apart is its emphasis on 'ethics' and 'professionalism'?"
Law school applications dropped for the third year in a row, The Washington Post reported in June. They were down 13.4% just since 2012. While the folks at Indiana Tech might argue that this trend could reverse itself, industry experts have predicted otherwise.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Indiana Tech Law School Can Only Fill One-Third of Initial Class
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