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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for June 1, 2018

The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for June 1, 2018 random
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Many of the articles this week are about graduation, summer employment, a suggestion for a summer beach read, and helpful tips for preparing for the Bar Exam. ‘Tis the season! 

Alison Monahan’s article entitled, “Managing Stress and Anxiety While Studying for the Bar Exam” is excellent—chock full of helpful advice for managing anxiety, no matter what is causing it. Stressors in our lives trigger non-productive behaviors. Taking time out to exercise, laugh with a friend, and get a good night’s sleep will not only make us feel better but enable us to absorb and retain more of what we are learning. I encourage everyone to read it, whether or not you are studying for the Bar.  

And, if you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you can’t do another thing, think of Briana Williams, the law student who took a final exam while in labor and just graduated from Harvard Law School. Her Instagram post with daughter Evelyn in her arms (in matching cap and gowns) has gone viral. It was a physically and mentally exhausting experience and at times, she didn’t think she could do it but, she did.    

Bar Prep

Need Help with Bar Exam Prep? Give Us 30 Minutes.     
To get you into condition to achieve your best performance, new lawyers who successfully prepared for and passed their bar exams share their tips.

Managing Stress and Anxiety While Studying for the Bar Exam
It’s important to utilize tools that are not only relaxing, but actually support retention, comprehension, and stamina, which go a long way in bar exam success.

The Secret Recipe to Bar Prep: Meal Prep?
The stressors of bar prep really show what we’re made of—and what we’re putting in our bodies can bring out our best or worst.

Distance Learning

What 6 Colleges Learned About Improving Their Online Courses
An analysis of the online offerings at three community colleges and three public research universities.

Law School Students

Graduation Gift Ideas for Debt-Burdened Law School Graduates 
Hint: You might want to think about alleviating a financial burden law school graduates typically face. 

Essential OCI Advice for LL.M. Students
A close relationship with your Career Services Office will help maximize your chances of landing a position.

Law Student Who Took Final Exam While in Labor Has Now Graduated from Harvard Law School  
Mom and baby in matching caps and gowns!

Legal Education

The 10 Law Schools that Offer Students the Most Help with Tuition
Some law schools are interested in keeping their graduates out of the poorhouse.

Law School on Probation to Close Campus, Move to Office Building
What's a law school that's struggling financially to do?

8 Key Distinctions Between an LL.M. and a J.D.
A J.D. teaches general legal skills, while an LL.M. is an advanced, specialized law degree.

Other

Author's Resignation from the Bar Provides Fodder for Engaging Novel
The plot conflict is summed up by one quote: "Law school may teach you the law, but it doesn't teach you how to be a lawyer."

Top 8 Reasons that Solos Should Hire a Law Student this Summer
You owe it to yourself to hire a summer.


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.