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Maybe if the people involved in setting up the new Indiana Tech Law School had taken two ethics courses in law school, they would never have agreed to set up a hundred people a year with life-crippling debt in possible exchange for degrees with an extremely high likelihood of having negative value. But I’m guessing they would have gone ahead anyway…

Update [PC]: Dean Alexander responds.

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  • The only ethics that matter are the ones that make money. I recall a New Yorker cartoon with a young lawyer talking to some older suits, partners or clients, saying, “Did I say unethical? I meant complex, legally complex.”

    • David Hunt

      I’ve heard that you can replace the caption of almost any New Yorker cartoon with “Christ! What an Asshole!” and they will usually make sense.

      I gave it a try once and the percentages were more like 50/50 in my unscientific sampling of constantly reloading a New Yorker article page that also displayed a random one-panel cartoon. I’ve had much better luck the old fortune cookie method. All fortunes in the cookies still make sense if you add “in bed” to the end of them…

  • October 9, 2012 | Scott Lemieux
    Maybe if the people involved in setting up the new Indiana Tech Law School

    I await Erik’s battleship blogging.

    • somethingblue

      I look forward to SEK ranking the ten most prominent politicians to have sex in his office.

    • Ruviana

      And if you can’t have Paul Campos analyzing the visuals from Breaking Bad what can you have?

      • Malaclypse

        The new Internet Traditions of Farley BMI posts, and Brockington hating on Jewel.

  • Peter Hovde

    If you can’t trust a fix, what can you trust?

    • Karate Bearfighter

      You got references? You been to college? We only take [law students] what’s been to college, ain’t that right, Dane? Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! I’m joking, of course.

      • spencer

        You givin’ me the HIgh Hat?

      • David Hunt

        Up is down. Black is white.

      • Peter Hovde

        Everyone is so damn smart, Except they ain’t.

  • Keaaukane

    Why fight the future? Embrace it. Open the LGM law school in somebodies garage. You want ethics? We’ll make sure you are never is a position to handle enough money to even tempt you towards unethical behavior! Preemptive ethics!

    • Cody

      If you want Paul, I’ll lend you my apartment in Fort Wayne and you can compete with this Indiana Tech place.

      I’ve never even heard of them, and they’re like down the street from me.

  • alexander von humbug

    Fort Wayne — where this “school” is — is pretty much somebody’s garage. Detroit’s, Toledo’s, maybe even Indianapolis’s.

    I grew up in the Hoosier State and have prided myself on knowledge of obscure schools there — Wabash! Earlham! DePauw! Rose! St. Marys! and her sister in The Woods! — but I’d never heard of this place.

    • djw

      I have never had the opportunity to visit Fort Wayne, so I can’t comment with any authority, but there seems to be a general sense around these parts that Cincinnati: Dayton :: Dayton : Fort Wayne.

      • timb

        It’s a pleasant enough Indiana city for what it’s worth

        • rea

          Former home of the the Pistons, before they moved to Detroit . . .

          • jackd

            And the home of WOWO radio, as I dimly recall from spinning the late-night dial back in my yout’.

    • Jim

      As a law school graduate who grew up in Fort Wayne, this should be my bailiwick, but there’s not a lot to say. How disappointing.

      Indiana Tech is a tiny little place that’s just outside downtown, and it’s easy to confuse with ITT, which is also nearby.

      To stick up for the city, which I left 19 years ago, it is the second largest city in Indiana. That’s me sticking up for it.

      • Cody

        Come now, fiber optic internet communication was pioneered here. Also, a lot of important early satellites were built at ITT (not to be confused with the college ITT). The Raytheon facility does heavy radio development for the government, and BAE has a plant here just cause the town is happenin’.

        Okay, it’s a pretty good place to be a EE is what I’m getting at. Especially with the fiber optic line running to my house.

        • Jim

          Also, a lot of important early satellites were built at ITT (not to be confused with the college ITT).

          Hee hee hee.

          • Jim

            Oh crud, I realized what you were saying right as I hit “submit” (somehow I glossed over “college”).

  • somethingblue

    Finally, to equate the opening of a law school with murdering one’s parents is reprehensible.

    OMG! Get this guy a permanent seat on one of the Sunday morning talk shows! This is priceless!

    • Malaclypse

      Also – opening a law school? Not actually worse than Hitler. I demand that MoveOn Campos denounce this comparison that never actually happened, and apologize to all involved.

    • herr doktor bimler

      to equate the opening of a law school with murdering one’s parents

      Is there not a Ambrose Bierce story called “My Favorite Law School”? My memory must be at fault.

    • herr doktor bimler

      “An Imperfect Conflagration” also.

    • JohnR

      That was my favorite bit, too, but the rest was quite good, as befits a Lawyer-Dean. That last paragraph, in particular, was fine. The smooth way Mr. Alexander moved between head-pattingly dismissive and more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger was lovely to watch. I can see that the choice of leaser and mentor for this (hopefully) profitable not-a-diploma-mill-and-I’ll-thank-you-to-be-more-circumspect-next-time-because-I-am-a-lawyer-if-you-get-my-drift-and-I-think-you-do was a well-thought-out one.

      • JohnR

        “leaser”? Bar-tender! Another strong, coffee, if you please!
        “leader”, of course.

  • melior

    Update! This just in:

    – Other people do it too: “I am quite surprised that we are the only new law school that is being attacked when there are also new schools in…”

    Also too:
    – You used shocking words that hurt me.
    – You didn’t ask me, or I would have told you that other people do it too, and that your words shocked and hurt me: “…you have not taken the time to reach out to me…”
    – I’m not saying you’re wrong, but please stop, your shocking words hurt me: Your remarks do more harm than good—not because of the content of your statement…”

    – That’s all.

  • TBP
    • That was written a long time ago: surely we’re past that mark by now?

      I love the potted plant line.

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