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Indiana Tech Law School

By Jeff Terrill

Fort Wayne Reader

2016-03-17


Congratulations to Indiana Tech Law School for earning provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association. This is a giant step for any new law school and it also allows the schoolís third-year law students to sit for the bar examination in any jurisdiction. Itís great news for the school, the faculty, administrators, supporters and all of the hard working soon-to-be lawyers who will be practicing in Indiana and beyond.

I know. Some of you are thinking that we already have too many lawyers. Who needs another law school? Well, Fort Wayne has one, and Northeast Indiana residents will be much better off because of it.

Sure, there are some obvious benefits for those in the area who are interested in attending law school. Take a short drive to the campus and sit in on a class or tour the impressive facilities. Obtain a great law school education close to home. Law firms, court staffs and other agencies benefit from the presence of a law school because they are able to employ hard working legal interns year round. Interns obtain valuable experiences while those employing them will receive high quality work product in exchange. But thereís a lot more that a law school can provide a community.

The law school will attract accomplished legal scholars, writers, researchers, trial attorneys, appellate judges and speakers to the area. Some might visit for a day or two to participate in a program, while others might teach for a semester or longer.

The law schoolís student organizations and faculty will address big issues like civil rights, race relations, domestic violence, veteranís rights, gender equality, human trafficking, religious and speech rights. The law school will continue its efforts to mentor high school students and assist them in national competitions.

Founded in 2013, the law school already has an appellate litigation clinic and a mediation clinic. There, you have law students working with faculty and practicing attorneys to provide free legal services to indigent clients. As the law school grows, so to will the services it provides to the community. Many law schools provide their respective communities with free legal services in areas of the law such as divorce, small claim disputes, immigration, criminal defense and elder law.

Iím sure everyone associated with Indiana Tech Law School is very pleased with the ABAís accreditation. Congratulations to the law school and congratulations to the community.

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Jeff Terrill is a partner/shareholder with the law firm of Arnold Terrill Anzini, P.C. Mr. Terrill represents clients accused of crimes throughout northeast Indiana. You can contact Mr. Terrill with any questions or comments at his office at 260.420.7777 or via email at jterrill@fortwaynedefense.com. Learn more about his firm at www.fortwaynedefense.com. This article expressed opinions and observations of the author, is not intended as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader. Please consult a qualified attorney with any legal questions or issues you might have. Thank you


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