Indiana Tech is shutting down its law school at the end of the current school year. Officials say Indiana Tech Law School has lost $20 million operating the program, which launched in 2013. Seventy-one students are currently enrolled.
Future enrollment estimates are projected at 30-50 per year, which the school says would continue to widen the deficit and put the law school on an "unsustainable path."
In a statement, President Arthur Snyder said:
This was an extremely difficult decision for all involved. 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. 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.
Our first concern is for the law school students. We will be working hard on behalf of each of them to ensure that the process for transferring, for continuing their legal education, and ultimately earning their law degree takes place with as little disruption as possible.
Our law school faculty and staff have made commendable efforts in serving our students. Despite their many positive achievements, we have not seen enough of a corresponding increase in demand by prospective students to enable the school to continue in operation.
The last day for the law school will be June 30. Indiana Tech says no other area will be affected by its closure.