Law School Offers Free Tuition
Indiana Tech Law School is waiving more than $30,000 it normally charges in tuition and fees and is promising a full one-year scholarship to any prospective student who decides to enroll this upcoming fall.
While students are still required to cover personal expenses, such as room and board, all other costs have been waived in their entirety. Shockingly, the scholarship does not even come with a minimum grade requirement, instead requiring only that students remain in good academic standing with the school, according to the school’s dean.
However, what may seem like a intriguing opportunity, could in fact be a dubious investment of both time and commitment. Currently, the American Bar Association has not granted Indian Tech provisional accreditation for reasons that neither the school nor the ABA has disclosed. This means that any student who decides to take Indiana Tech up on their offer will have to do so with the uncertainty as to whether or not they will be able to take the bar exam upon graduation.
The vast majority of states, including Indiana, do not allow students to take the bar exam unless they have graduated from an ABA accredited law school. While the school’s dean, Charles P. Cercone, has said that he’s confident the ABA will give its blessing next year, it’s still not clear what students currently enrolled are going to do in the mean time. Even with the dean’s confidence, the university and the school’s board of trustees have offered no official assurances to current or prospective students that an accreditation from the ABA is imminent.
The offer of free tuition, which was first reported by KPC News, is intended to minimize the risk to prospective students, along with aiding the struggling law program in a time of a dramatic decline in applications.
Source: Wall Street Journal