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Aspen Advisor Week in Review for July 19th, 2019

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Check out the top legal education news in this week's Aspen Advisor, including discussion on the new digital LSAT, how law schools are using virtual reality, and how health and wellness are now receiving increased attention in law school.

Assessment

Feedback from test takers and supervisors will be used to make future digital tests even better

 

Diversity

Critics of standardized testing say law schools should go further and ditch the test requirement altogether. But law school accreditors say making that leap is tough. Law school is expensive, they say, and admissions officers need some way to predict if a student will succeed

 

Law Professors

Pepperdine University Law Dean Paul Caron reflects on his two years of running a law school while also publishing his widely read TaxProf Blog, which chronicles legal education's biggest stories.

 

Law School Students

Neena Speer’s First Year in Law School Made Her Better Attorney — And an Author
Speer's experience led her to write “Dear Future Lawyer: An Intimate Survival Guide for the Minority Female Law Student,” a book that walks the reader through Speer’s experiences during each year of law school. She attended the University of Alabama School of Law from 2014 until 2017—and almost didn’t make it through her first year.

 

Legal Education

At the AALL Conference, law school educators from Oklahoma and UNT Dallas showed how they've integrated virtual reality concepts into their schools' curriculum.

 

Health and wellness at work are receiving increased attention, especially in the legal profession. At Georgia State Law, Charity Scott, has been implementing innovative student wellness programs. The Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law spoke about her work at a two-day symposium in January hosted by the University of California Hastings College of the Law entitled, “The Integrated Lawyer: A Symposium on Well-Being and the Practice of Law.”

 

Other Legal News

"Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Paul Stevens, died this evening at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, of complications following a stroke he suffered on July 15. He passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side. He was 99 years old," the Supreme Court said in a statement.

 

The American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is considering revisions for rules and standards that apply to ABA-accredited law schools, including a proposal that would change the existing direction for teach-out plans.

 

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