Ceremony Features Oath Crafted by Law Students

Date posted: October 7, 2013

Fort Wayne, Ind. —Indiana Tech Law School’s Charter Class will recite an Oath of Professionalism and be officially welcomed as part of the legal profession in a ceremony at 5 p.m. October 10 in the Law School Courtroom. The event is open to the public.

Law School Dean Peter C. Alexander said the Oath Ceremony is one of the most important innovations in Tech’s law program.

“It reflects an earnest decision by the students to become not only lawyers, but also great examples of professionalism and ethics,” he explained. The Oath was drafted by the students as part of a course called Professionalism, and it will be administered by Senior U.S. District Judge William Lee.

Alexander believes that the Oath Ceremony is unique among Indiana law schools.

“There are only a few law schools in the country that have their students study what it really means to be a member of the legal profession and then have them craft an oath that a sitting judge will administer to them,” he said. Alexander brought the idea of an oath ceremony with him from his former law school at Southern Illinois University.

The Professionalism course is required for all students and, in addition to studying ethics, the course covers subjects such as what it means to be a part of a self-regulating profession and how to safeguard one’s reputation in a digital age.