FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Leaders at Indiana Tech were disappointed to learn Tuesday that the school did not get provision accreditation of it’s law school from the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.
The school will reapply for accreditation this summer. The university hopes to receive a vote from the council sometime next year.
Indiana Tech Law School Dean Charles Cercone issued a following statement regarding the news. “While we are disappointed not to receive accreditation at this time, we were encouraged that the Council narrowed the issues we need to focus on, and we believe that the Council has provided us with good feedback as we begin the reapplication process, Historically, several new law schools have not received accreditation on their first attempt, but I am confident that with the input provided to us by the ABA we will move successfully towards accreditation. In the meantime, we continue to work as always with our students to provide them with a top-notch, career-focused legal education,” he said.
The Indiana Tech Law School opened in August of 2013 and enrolled students in its first two classes. A third class will begin taking courses this coming fall. Members of the charter class will graduate in 2016.
The ABA allows schools to appeal the decision. The appeal must be written and submitted within 30 days of the ABA’s decision.