I find your lack of ethics and professionalism...disturbing.
The self-aggrandizement is strong in this one, and we are not fooled.
I spoke about this before. To be fair, it's easy to pick on Indiana Tech, just as it's easy to pick on Cooley (home of the "objectively untrue" employment stats, McDonald v. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 6th Cir.). This is not about the fact that Indiana Tech is unaccredited, although that is an issue. That can be easily fixed, what with the ABA all but rubber-stamping any school that wants to get into the business.
What cannot be easily fixed is graduating JDs with few to no prospects. This is about irresponsible shilling. This is about enticing people to do something they ought not to do, yet smiling and waving as they take a trip over the cliff.
First of all, Risk:
"...I think we just thought there would be more people willing to take that chance. In this climate, applications are down overall and people are probably not into taking that much of a risk...I think the fact that there are 30 or more students willing to take a chance on this type of education even before we are accredited suggests we have a product that has some interest."
Well, I certainly want to pay tons of money for a highly-risky proposition, don't you? Yes, that's right, all thirty of you, step right up, ladies and gents! Spin the roulette wheel! Come on, 32 Red! You miss every swing you don't take! Only $100k+ to play! Are you man or woman enough to have the "guts" to make it in law school?
Ignore the fact that this decision will follow you FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, many with non-dischargable debt...honey, I'm still free, take a chance on me!
Second of all, Career-changers:
"NLJ: If your median age is 33, I assume you’re getting quite a few career-changers.
Alexander: Career-changers and people from northeast Indiana or northwest Ohio who always wanted to go to law school but were looking for the right opportunity nearby. We fulfill that niche for them."
Non-trads....please...I beg of you....don't ruin your lives. Look at my handle. There are plenty of disillusioned non-trads out there who were "too old" when they graduated at 34+; their stories are not difficult to find. Maybe these thirty-somethings are independently wealthy and have money to burn or have fantastic connections, but somehow I doubt it. Don't go to law school at all; I don't care which school strikes your fancy.
Third of all, hypocrisy:
"...you have to have a thick skin. There are people in the blogosphere who are vicious with their comments. It allows them to be anonymous and it shows the darker side of our profession. I use them as Exhibit A for the need for more professionalism and ethics training. There’s no doubt that it’s hurtful to read things that suggest the faculty members are just trying to steal student’s money and that the school has no soul."
No, Mr. Alexander, this is not about professionalism and ethics training. This has to do with the economic concept of "moral hazard". As for "ethics", the ABA thought it was "ethical" to outsource doc review, obtained via formal discovery, to overseas non-U.S.-licensed reviewer-mills for peanuts at BigLaw's request. Would that we were all spared the discussion of these so-called lawyerly "ethics".
Back to Moral Hazard - Indiana needs another law school like Texas needs another law school like New York needs another law school like Illinois needs another law school like California needs another law school (that was sarcasm, ScamDeans, don't get any bright ideas). Period. Indiana Tech's own "research" stands behind the opening of this institution. It is Indiana Tech that is shilling students from California to Africa with visions of Indiana sugar plums while consigning them to a lifetime of debt servitude. This is about empire-building aspirations, not your students. Indiana Tech students get stuck with the consequences while Indiana Tech cashes the checks.
Also, Mr. Alexander, you are putting yourself out there and trying to drum up sales. Why then, are we besmirched with "oh, those darn anonymous unprofessional bloggers" as if no one is allowed to disagree with your enterprise? Further, there would be no free speech on this topic without anonymity, as well-positioned individuals such as yourself well know and have exploited in the past - God bless the internet. Non-anonymity is not some mystical Red Badge of Courage. Perhaps if Indiana Tech would take the log out of its own eye first, regarding ruining people's lives for fun and profit, THEN one could cast aspersions upon the mean, uncouth scambloggers - who are law school graduates living out the grim consequences of their own choices, I might add.
Oh well. This isn't the first time Mr. Alexander has had his feelings hurt after getting called out for ScamDean-ery. Maybe it's because he advocates for an inherently bad idea that wounds other people for individual gain, like other ScamDeans. As if 200 some-odd law schools were not making the problem worse already, so hey, let's get a piece of the action! Who needs a thick skin when you can get away from it all at the SEALS conference?
Friends, don't go to law school. This isn't about what they can do for you. It's about THEM and their pocketbooks. Never forget it.