By Nick Gilbert
Indiana Tech has celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony to open the first law school in northeast Indiana.
A ceremonial groundbreaking marked the official start of Indiana Tech Law School construction.
In May 2011, the university had announced its plan to launch a law school in 2013. For this proposal, the university considered numerous sites for the Indiana Tech Law School and finally selected a site located on the Fort Wayne campus’ west side in January 2012 to construct the 70,000-square-foot structure in the area bordered by University Street, Maumee Avenue, Comparet Street, and Washington Boulevard.
The facility will feature classrooms, a law library, faculty offices, legal clinics and a trial courtroom. Indiana Tech President, Dr. Arthur E. Snyder commented that the new law school building is a significant landmark in the history of Indiana Tech.
Site engineering to build the new facility was started in January 2012. Roofing for the building will be done by December 2012, with construction slated for completion by July 2013. Estimated total cost for the development is nearly $15 million.
The Indiana Tech Law School will prepare students to practice law and other careers based on experiential and collaborative learning. The curriculum will be based on realistic experience and the on-campus site will enable the launch of legal clinics to provide better legal services to the Indiana Tech community.
In fall 2013, 100 students will be enrolled by the law school in the charter class. The Law School Admissions Council will start issuing applications in September 2012, with acceptance decisions scheduled to start in November 2012.