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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for April 13, 2018

The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for April 13, 2018 random
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Acceptance letters are starting to come in and students are facing a difficult decision—which law school should they attend? Should they choose the school that offers the best scholarship, the school with the highest ranking, the school in the city where they plan to work and live, or some other factor they haven’t considered? In the article, “How Law Schools and JD Applicants Find That Love Connection,” first year law students and law school administrators weigh in on how to make the right decision for you. One piece of advice, it would not be advisable to pick a school that is on the American Bar Association’s list for not meeting their accreditation requirements. Two new schools have been added to that list. Speaking of the ABA, there are a few articles this week debating whether or not the GRE is an acceptable assessment to use for law school admission. The battle between the LSAT vs. GRE wages on. No longer under debate is whether unauthorized or counterfeit versions of textbooks is legal. It was encouraging to see Wiley, Cengage, Pearson and McGraw-Hill Education win their multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a seller of fake textbooks. Last but not least, don’t miss Iesha Champ’s viral law school graduation photo. This single mom of five is truly inspiring!

Distance Learning

Mitchell Hamline Targets Online Courses to Recruit More Diverse Student Body
The Mitchell Hamline School of Law says it will debut a series of classes for undergraduate students next year, as part of a new program called the Gateway to Legal Education.

Law School Students

Single Mom of 5 Inspires in Law School Graduation Photo
Ieshia Champs credits her family and her faith for helping her achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer.

How to Gauge the Strength of Law School Clinics
Great law school clinics provide comprehensive legal services, not just consultations.

3 Keys to Bar Exam Success
The reason most students fail the bar exam has less to do with intelligence and more to do with their study strategy. In order to ensure that your name appears on the pass list, we highlight three pillars of bar exam success.

How Law Schools and JD Applicants Find That Love Connection
Law school acceptance letters have rolled in. Now comes the hard part: choosing where to go. Here's how would-be 1L's and the schools achieve the right match.

Legal Education

High LSAT Scorers Are Back, And They’re Dominating The Law School Applicant Pool
2018 may be the year that applicants finally return, and recovery for law schools truly begins.

Law School Reverses Decision to Accept GRE Scores in Midst of Admission Cycle
After committing to accept Graduate Record Exam scores for potential GW Law School applicants this admissions cycle, the law school quietly decided to reverse course.

ABA Considers Tossing LSAT Requirement, Disagreement Ensues
Legal academics appear split on an ABA proposal, saying the move would invite experimentation or imperil vulnerable students.

The Top 20 Most Affordable Law Schools
Which law schools won't leave students drowning in debt after graduation?

ABA Is Still Cracking Down On Law Schools That Admit Students Who Seem Incapable Of Graduating, Passing Bar Exam
Which law schools will be the next to face the ABA’s wrath?

Other Interesting News

Ranking The Best Law School Buildings In America (2018)
Did your school make the list?

Publishing

Publishers Win Big in Fake-Textbook Lawsuit
Publishers Wiley, Cengage, Pearson and McGraw-Hill Education have won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a seller of fake textbooks.


The Aspen Advisor Week in Review is a collection of interesting articles from the past week that pertain to Legal Education. Some may be especially relevant to law professors and others to law students. Many stories focus on the pedagogical, technical, and financial innovation occurring in law schools today. We hope that these articles inspire you.