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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for December 7, 2018

The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for December 7, 2018 random
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Check out this week’s collection of interesting articles related to the Bar exam, law school students, legal education, and other legal news.

Bar Exam            

Side Bar is a New, Lower-Cost Bar Prep Option   
There is a new bar review course that promises to help students pass the California and Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) exams at the lowest possible cost.

How Many Hours Should I Spend Studying for the Bar Exam?       
Getting ready to take the bar exam? We know you have a lot of questions. We’ve compiled the most common ones here, with answers from two experts.

Law School Students       

Law School Bullies are Real, and Students are Suffering Because of Them
What is your school doing to stop this problematic behavior?

Legal Education

Widener Teams Up with Second Local College on Accelerated Law Degree Program          
Called the “3 + 3 program,” the agreement allows students from Jenkintown’s Manor College to be admitted to Delaware Law after completing just three years of undergraduate study. In addition, the schools have agreed to a guaranteed admissions program for Manor students completing a bachelor’s degree, before being admitted to Delaware Law School.

T14 Law School Groups Taking a Stand Against Biglaw Mandatory Arbitration Agreements              
The movement against mandatory arbitration agreements at Biglaw firm’s is heating up. 

Mentorship or Misconduct? Law Professors Swept Up in #MeToo Allegations       
Here's a rundown of legal academics who have recently been investigated or are currently under investigation for possible misconduct and violations of Title IV.

ABA Greenlights University of Illinois System Acquiring John Marshall Law School              
The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar have approved the plan for the John Marshall Law School to be acquired by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Top Law School Enters into Partnership with Amal Clooney          
The project will increase trial transparency around the world.

Michigan Law School Gets $33 Million Donation
The gift from Chris Jeffries and his wife, Lisa, is the sixth-largest ever to a law school, according to the University of Michigan Law School. The funds will go toward student scholarships and other financial support.

Other Legal News           

Women's Groups at Top Law Schools Unite to Fight Big Law's Mandatory Arbitration        
Kirkland & Ellis ended its use of mandatory arbitration Nov. 21, following the Harvard letter and a boycott campaign launched by the Pipeline Parity Project.

Project Led by Concord Law School Wins Award for Expanding Access to Justice  
A team of legal educators and innovators coordinated by Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, the nation’s first fully-online law school, has won the inaugural Wolters Kluwer Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation for its work improving access to justice for low-income clients.


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.


Nicole Pinard is the Executive Director of Market Development for the Legal Education division of Wolters Kluwer Legal and Regulatory Solutions U.S.