FORT WAYNE — Indiana Tech’s School of Law has admitted its first student, nearly one year before the school opens in August 2013.
Fort Wayne native and Purdue University senior Megan Marks, 21, took advantage of the law school’s early admissions process and sent her application to Indiana Tech. Marks said she wants to settle in Fort Wayne and jumped at the opportunity to study law in the same place.
“(Fort Wayne) is where I grew up,” she said. “I knew a lot of people in high school who wanted to get out of Fort Wayne, so I decided I would be one of the few to come back. It’s a community I want to live and work in.”
Marks is a graduate of Homestead High School and is on track to graduate with a bachelor’s in psychology from Purdue. She said she decided to attend law school during her junior year of college because it was compatible with her major.
Law School Dean Peter Alexander said several people expressed interest in an early admissions program, so the school has offered a streamlined process to meet the need.
Through the process, applicants can secure a seat months before regular applicants and agree not to submit an application to another law school.
“Knowing that students like Megan are interested in us means that our message is reaching the very population we would like to have in our student body,” he said. “Megan has very strong credentials and could probably attend many of the laws school in our region. I expect to receive many more applications like hers in the coming months.”
The school hopes to welcome 100 students in its first class, charging $28,500 in tuition a year.
Indiana Tech School of Law joins four other Indiana law schools during a time when some say not enough jobs are available for all the lawyers passing the bar exam.
Marks said she’s not concerned about job prospects but admits it is both intimidating and exciting to be part of the first class of the school.
“As long as it’s something I’m committed to, I think I can find a way to make it work,” she said.