The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:37 am

Indiana Tech law school denied accreditation

Rebecca S. Green|The Journal Gazette

As was expected by school officials, Indiana Tech's fledgling law school did not attain accreditation by the American Bar Association.

At the organization's meeting late last week, the law school was denied provisional approval. It came after a recommendation made by a bar association committee in late April.

In April, officials with the bar association contacted the school's dean, Charles Cercone, to tell him the accreditation process would continue.

Tech officials received notification of the bar association's decision Tuesday, according to a memo from the bar association's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Tech created the law school in 2013, but if it cannot obtain accreditation, graduates in 2016 will be unable to practice law in Indiana or several other states.

Just a year ago, Peter Alexander, the founding dean of the law school departed quietly. He was replaced in the interim by andre douglas pond cummings.

Tech replaced cummings in January with Cercone, the former dean at Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.

On Tuesday, Cercone said the school is reapplying for accreditation, and is working to implement a number of the suggestions made to the school by the bar association and its committees through this process.

The recent decision was not a surprise given the earlier recommendation by the committee, Cercone said. 

""They're required to affirm it by rule unless they see something very wrong," he said.

Cercone is optimistic the school will clear this hurdle on the second try. He expressed gratitude for all the support thus far.

"We're gratified to have the support of the university as well as the bench and the bar," he said. "They're supportive and continue to be supportive."



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