December 8 2005
Indiana State University officials announced plans today to explore the feasibility of meeting state needs by creating a third public law school.
An initial assessment indicates there is an unmet demand for law school seats in Indiana while the number of positions for lawyers is growing. The law firm of Barnes and Thornburg is assisting the university with the initial evaluation of the idea.
"We have completed a preliminary assessment and now plan to move forward quickly in working with our faculty, staff and law professionals to fully develop a feasibility study for the board's review," Lloyd W. Benjamin III, president of Indiana State University, told the ISU trustees during a board meeting today.
The study will focus on demand for legal education, required resources and how quality objectives would be met.
The idea for a new law school grew out of a challenge issued by the Board of Trustees to the campus leadership to think creatively and aggressively about ways to advance the institution, Benjamin explained. This initiative is one of several the university has under consideration or has implemented including the laptop initiative, a motor sports program and enhanced honors programs.
"I would like to congratulate the institution for being innovative and creative in responding to our request to find ways to create distinctive programs that address many of our institutional priorities. You have the support of the trustees to move forward with the feasibility study," said Michael J. Alley, president of the Board of Trustees.
Trustee Richard J. Shagley, a partner in a Terre Haute law firm, indicated there is a demand for more legal education opportunities.
"I know there are students in Indiana whose needs are not being met. I also know there are law firms that need good Indiana lawyers," he said.
The feasibility study is expected to be presented to the trustees no later than June 2006.
"If deemed feasible, I think it would be transformative to add another professional school that fits within the historical mission of our university," said Benjamin.
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Indiana State University officials announced plans to explore the feasibility of meeting state needs by creating a third public law school.