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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for March 30, 2018

The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for March 30, 2018 random
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The big news this week was the wealth of bar passage data recently released by the American Bar Association. It provides a comprehensive picture of which law schools’ graduates are acing the exam, and which are struggling. You can see how your school performed in the article, “Bar Pass Rate Bonanza: The ‘Ultimate’ Law School Rankings.” And, speaking of education, we mourn the passing of Linda Brown who as a child was denied the right to attend an all-white school in her neighborhood, which led to the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. You can read more about her life in the article, “Kansas girl at center of 1954 school segregation ruling dies.”

Legal Education News

Bar Pass Rate Bonanza: The 'Ultimate' Law School Rankings
Baylor University School of Law posted the highest ultimate bar pass rate—all 109 of its 2015 grads who took the bar passed over the span of two years. The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law had the lowest ultimate bar pass rate in 2015, at just under 57 percent.

12 Law Schools Where Students Had High LSAT Scores
Each of these top schools boasted a median LSAT score of 168 or higher, according to U.S. News data

Are Fewer People Going to Law School? State's 3 Law Colleges Report Enrollment Drop Since 2011
After hitting a 41-year low in 2015, law school applications are up 9.5 percent nationally through the end of January compared to the same time last year, according to the Law School Admissions Council.

Experiential Learning

Law Students Help to Mend Puerto Rico
Natalie Trigo Reyes, J.D. '19, Lee Mestre, and Andrew Crespo '08, assistant professor of law, led a group of Law School students to Puerto Rico over spring break to offer legal aid to residents and help rebuild their homes and communities.

Law Students

At Elite Law Reviews, Diversity Efforts May Be Paying Off
Recent diversity efforts might be paying off as more students of color take the helm at prestigious law reviews.

Other Interesting News

Kansas Girl at Center of 1954 School Segregation Ruling Dies
Linda Brown, who as a Kansas girl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools, has died at age 76.

Duty to Protect
The California Supreme Court has determined public colleges in the state must warn and shield their students from potential violent acts. Experts say the ruling could have nationwide implications.

How This 24 Year Old CEO Is Changing Education Through Microtutoring
Is microtutoring the future of the education industry?


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.