Sadly, only thirty people had the courage to sign up for the contest with the promise of potential riches if they could survive the brutal challenges of professors who couldn't get better jobs at elitist law schools founded before the recession.
After three years of intense training, only two out of three survived, and this past May Indiana Tech graduated a class of twenty brave souls.
Of those twenty Navy Seal-like soldiers, twelve moved on to the Final Round, the supreme hurdle challenge of the Indiana bar exam, a test so grueling, mere thousands of living people have passed it.
As of now, one has survived.
An Indiana Lawyer review of the names of successful applicants for the July 2016 Indiana Bar Exam released Monday only includes one student from Indiana Tech. A spokesman for Indiana Tech would not confirm or deny that student was the only one who passed the test, but did clarify that a dozen graduates sat for the exam.Critics with a pre-set narrative see this as a negative, only one student apparently passes the bar exam without appeal from an initial class of thirty.
But in reality, that lone student standing atop the metaphorical Rocky staircase is the most employable law graduate in America.
He or she is the Survivor of Indiana Tech's Inaugural Class. The One for whom they make gilded elevators and corner offices with windows on both walls. The One who can go to a real steakhouse and order off the full menu - not that special offer bullshit - and add the peppercorn Bearnaise sauce. The One whose French cuff dress shirts are tailored.
Congratulations to Indiana Tech and the Champion. For the runners-up, whether you took the bar examination or not, whether your appeal is successful or not, you are still a lawyer, an alpha thug of the white collar gang world.
The runner-up prize is an earnings premium of one million dollars. Don't spend it all in one place.