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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for December 28, 2018

The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for December 28, 2018 random

The last week of 2018 has prompted some notable headlines related to law school enrollment. “The Law Schools Where 1L Enrollment Skyrocketed” claims that first-year enrollment is up by 3% in 2018 compared to 2017. As a result, schools such as Wisconsin, UC Irvine, and Texas A&M saw increases of 82%, 44%, and 32%, respectively. “Another Law School Changes Course on the LSAT” covers the development of the GRE as a replacement for the LSAT. Accepting the GRE for law school admission will allow access to many hopeful law students who may not have the means to take the LSAT. Buffalo School of Law, NYU, Harvard, and Pace, among many others, are currently accepting the GRE for admission and 25% of all law schools plan to do so in the future. Looking ahead to 2019, law schools will continue to adapt to larger class sizes and changes in legal education.

2019 has a lot in store for the publishing industry as well. “Going Into 2019, The Publishing Industry is Excited About Audio” cites Ian Small, general manager of, who predicts that audio content will grow more than ever in 2019. This will result in an expanded listener demographic and creative solutions to bringing these products to market. This trend follows the rise in demand for digital products within the publishing industry that we’ve seen in recent years. As this week’s headlines have shown, there is a lot of change coming in 2019!

Law School

Students Mitchell Hamline Law Students to Lend Legal Services to Asylum Seekers at Border
A group of law students from Mitchell Hamline School of Law will be spending their Christmas heading to one of the biggest immigration detention centers in Texas to lend their services to families hoping to seek asylum in the United States.

Legal Education

Law Schools in Greater Philadelphia Seeing Spikes in First-Year Enrollment
Law school enrollment increased this year for the first time since it peaked at the height of the recession in 2010.

Another Law School Changes Course On The LSAT
University at Buffalo School of Law will now take the GRE in lieu of the LSAT.

The Law Schools Where 1L Enrollment Skyrocketed
Whoa! Enrollment is WAY up at these law schools.

University of Kansas School of Law Brings AI to the Classroom
The law school finished its first-ever semester of a “Legal Analytics” course, which focuses on teaching students how to solve legal problems quantitatively and gives them hands-on experience with AI tools.

Bar Flunkers, Kavanaugh and Failed Schools: Top Legal Ed Stories of 2018
From #MeToo and plummeting bar pass rates to higher enrollment and a digital LSAT, 2018 was a big year for law school news.

Here's a Look at the 10 Law Schools with Highest Non-JD Enrollment
Collectively, law schools are enrolling more non-J.D. students than ever before. The number of law school students who are pursuing LL.M. and masters in law degrees has doubled over the past decade.


Going into 2019, the Publishing Industry is Excited About Audio
Audiobooks have been a popular sector of the publishing industry for years now thanks to the ubiquity of the smartphone, but 2018 was the year that distribution channels caught up: Google, Walmart, and Instaread all started selling audiobooks within the last year, and Kobo wasn't too far ahead of them.