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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for June 22, 2018

The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for June 22, 2018 random
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There are several helpful articles for law students in this week’s Aspen Advisor. For 1L students thinking of transferring to a higher tier law school, “While the Grass can be Greener on the Other Side, it can also be Brown” offers insights on the pros and cons of transferring.  Students should make this decision with their eyes wide open. This is also the season for rising 2Ls to start thinking about the all-important 2L summer job.  Alison Monahan’s article about the on campus interviewing (OCI) process features five tips for removing some of the stress. And, speaking of stress, for students studying for the Bar Exam, two articles may provide much needed motivation for maximizing productivity even when it’s gorgeous outside.  Good luck!

Law School Students

Supreme Court Ruling Helps Silence Worker Lawsuits. But these Law Students are Fighting Back
When a law student got an offer from one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious law firms last fall, she wasn't about to quibble over the stack of documents they asked her to sign.

How to Find the Will to go on Studying for the Bar Exam when Summer Officially Arrives
This is the final lap of the marathon, and it would be a shame to throw in the towel now.

Bar Exam Productivity Tips

These tips will help to ensure you are studying in the most efficient manner possible!

While the Grass can be Greener on the Other Side, it can also be Brown
Armed with strong 1L transcripts, scores of students will now be seeking to transfer to other law schools.

How to Ace Your OCI Interviews 
Here are five tips to help you get a leg up and, hopefully, take some of the stress out of the on-campus interviewing (OCI)  process.

Legal Education

Florida Coastal School of Law Seeks Restraining Order Against ABA
In its latest round of litigation with the American Bar Association, the law school wants a court to temporarily halt a requirement that it report bar pass rates to all current students and indicate whether or not they are likely to fail.

Some Bankruptcy Judges Look for 'Wiggle Room' in Student Debt Cases; Law Clerks Prove Instructive

Though few judges are canceling the debt outright, some are encouraging lawyers to offer pro bono help and others are trying to ease repayment amounts, the Wall Street Journal reports. Its story is based on interviews with more than 50 current and former bankruptcy judges

Arizona Summit Second of Three Infilaw Schools to Lose Accreditation
Arizona Summit Law School will become the first fully accredited law school to lose American Bar Association accreditation unless it can win a last-ditch appeal. And Florida Coastal School of Law, also owned by Infilaw, is fighting the ABA in court to avoid the same fate.

Tides Turning for Charleston School of Law

Between 2013 and 2015, the Charleston School of Law went through a series of high-profile woes but has evolved and is on its way to attaining non-profit status. 

Boston University Picks Angela Onwuachi-Willig to Head Law School
UC Berkeley professor is expert on racial issues, gender equality

USC Gould Law to Accept GRE for Admissions
The number of law schools accepting the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admissions continues to grow, with the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, becoming the 20th school.

Teaching Law Students Creative Skills Could Save the Profession from Automation

This article looks at how training lawyers in the “human” capabilities of creativity, empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence could provide them with skills that aren’t at risk of automation.

Online Learning

Emory University School of Law Taps Instructional Design Firm to Support Online Juris Master (JM) Program
Designed with the working professional in mind, Emory's Juris Master (JM) degree program is flexible and fully online

Other Legal News

The Supreme Court’s Biggest Decisions in 2018
The nation’s highest court, now at full strength with the appointment of Justice Neil M.Gorsuch last year, faces a far-reaching list of cases that renew its central role in American life.

The Bar Character and Fitness Process is Flawed When it Comes to Student Loans
Borrowing student debt just means that someone had to do what millions of people are required to do in order to earn a law degree.


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.