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Indiana Tech Law School to close, citing low enrollment

October 31, 2016

Indiana Tech Law School is closing its doors next year.

The law school in Fort Wayne cited low enrollment and $20 million in losses. The board of trustees voted unanimously to close.

The school has 71 students.

Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder said Monday that it was a difficult decision, but the law school won't be able to attract enough students to remain viable.

“Over the course of time it has become apparent that the significant decline in law school applicants nationwide represents a long term shift in the legal education field, not a short term one," Snyder said in a statement.

"Specific to Indiana Tech, the assessment of the Board and our senior leadership team is that for the foreseeable future the law school will not be able to attract students in sufficient numbers for the school to remain viable," he said.

Of its inaugural class of 2016, just three of 13 people who took the bar exam in Indiana and another state passed.

University officials say current students have the option of completing the upcoming semester and those in their last year can graduate in May. Students in their first and second years will be able to transfer to other law schools.

The school was denied its first try at accreditation.

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