Indiana Tech falls short of enrollment goal; Texas schools focus on corporate law

It was a BAD week for…

Starting a law school, after Indiana Tech Law School reported that it’s enrollment is 76 percent lower than anticipated for the 2013 incoming class. The law school planned to enroll 100 students in its inaugural class, but as of last week, the new school had enrolled just 24 students. Enrollment at Indiana Tech closes July 31, with classes starting on Aug. 26. The Law School Admission Council reported last month that law school application rates were down 12.9 percent nationally compared to the previous year. Officials at Indiana Tech believe enrollment will hit 30 by the beginning of the fall semester.

 

It was a GOOD week for ...

Texas students interested in corporate law, after several Texas law schools created programs designed to help students build connections with corporations and make them more marketable amid the tough job market. Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, the University of Houston Law Center and South Texas College of Law have implemented new programs to allow students to learn more about ethical, substantive and practical issues facing corporate law. Baylor University School of Law and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law are more aggressively attempting to attract corporate counsels to attend job fairs, while the University of Houston is focusing on assisting first year law students in finding summer positions within corporations. South Texas College of Law has a new academic internship program which pairs students with nonprofits. Texas Tech University School of Law plans to implement a similar type of outreach program later this year. Texas Tech University also has plans to expand its externship program to offer more corporate positions within the next two years.