A Fort Wayne college seeks to create more local lawyers.Listen:
Indiana Institute of Technology, commonly known as Indiana Tech, is moving toward the creation of a law school for its main campus.
President Dr. Arthur Snyder says the idea for the law school came as he searched to identify educational needs that were unmet in the state.
Snyder says he found that more people from Indiana seek a law education outside of the state then the four existing law schools accept.
The existing schools include the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, the IU School of Law in Indianapolis, the Notre Dame Law School in South Bend and the Valparaiso University School of Law.
Snyder says the Indiana Tech school will offer a joint J.D. Master's program in Organizational Leadership as well as various specializations to offer more unique aspects of law education.
A search for a dean is underway with the to develop the academic program. The school will also seek accreditation by the American Bar Association in accordance with the Standards for Approval of Law Schools.
Indiana Tech officials hope to open the school with its first class beginning in the fall of 2013.