Officials at the Indiana Institute of Technology have announced a plan to open the state's first new law school in more than 100 years.
The Fort Wayne-based private school said since the state has only 4 law schools, it recognized the need to offer more programs for student looking to add a postsecondary degree in criminal justice on their resume
President Arther Snyder told the Indiana Star that the college is hoping the new school will keep more law students in the state. He said there are nearly 3,000 people enrolled in the state's 4 law schools, but, he told the news agency, that the number is not enough to meet future demand for legal services in Indiana.
According to the American Bar Association, Indiana ranks 44th in the nation for the number of working lawyers.
Indiana Tech's law school is slated to open in the fall of 2013. A nationwide search is now underway for a dean to head up the new program.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for lawyers are expected to grow by 13% through the end of the decade.