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Indiana Tech Law School denied provisional accreditation

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Indiana Tech Law School has been denied its bid for provisional accreditation by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

The two-year-old school was notified of the decision Tuesday, according to a statement on the school’s website. The news was also posted (PDF) on the section’s website. Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education, declined to comment to the ABA Journal beyond the letter.

Dean Charles Cercone said the decision, while not unexpected, was a disappointment. The section’s accreditation committee had recommended against provisionally accrediting the school in April.

Cercone said the school will reapply for accreditation later this summer, with the hope of securing a decision from the council next year.

He also noted that several new law schools have not received accreditation on their first try, but said he was “confident” that with the feedback the school had received from the council, it would eventually be accredited.

“In the meantime, we continue to work as always with our students to provide them with a top-notch, career-focused legal education,” he said.

The Fort Wayne school opened its doors in 2013. Its third class will enter this fall. Its charter class will graduate in 2016.

Cercone told the National Law Journal that he hoped the school’s third-year students won’t transfer to other accredited schools because of the decision, but that it would support them if they do.

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