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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for November 2, 2018

The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for November 2, 2018 random
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Check out this week’s collection of interesting articles related to the Bar exam, law students, and legal education.

Bar Exam            

UGA School of Law Grads Record Highest State Bar Passage Rate for Fifth Consecutive Year             
The University of Georgia School of Law is proud to announce that for the fifth consecutive year, its graduates had the highest bar examination passage rate for first-time takers in the state of Georgia for the July sitting.

KU Law Launches Free Bar Exam Preparation Program    
Through an innovative partnership with Themis Bar Review, KU Law’s Free Bar Prep Program will provide a comprehensive suite of preparation resources – including a post-graduation commercial bar review course – to every student at no cost. December 2018 graduates will be the first beneficiaries.

Toledo Law Graduates Post High Passage Rates on July Ohio Bar Exam   
The Ohio bar exam results were released on Friday, October 26, 2018. Toledo Law graduates had an 84 percent first-time pass rate. This figure was well above the state average of 79 percent and ahead of most Ohio law schools.

Law School Students       

Best Technology for Law Students            
Harness the power of technology for good and help yourself be a more focused, more productive, and more organized law student.

Legal Education

Struggling Valparaiso Law School to Close            
Valparaiso University Law School, which has been struggling with declining enrollment despite an upward trend nationally after several tough years, will close its doors.

Chillicothe Police Chief Keith Washburn Eyes New Career After Passing Bar Exam
When Chillicothe Police Chief Keith Washburn decided to go to law school four years ago, it was not only to fulfill a dream but to set an example for his children.

Harvard Opens Up its Massive Caselaw Access Project    
Three years ago, Harvard Law School launched a project to scan all federal and state court cases and get them online (for free) in a machine readable format (not just PDFs!), with open APIs for anyone to use. And, earlier this week, case.law officially launched, with 6.4 million cases, some going back as far as 1658. There are still some limitations -- some placed on the project by its funding partner, Ravel, which was acquired by LexisNexis last year (though, the structure of the deal will mean some of these restrictions will likely decrease over time).

This Law School is Hitting the Road—On a Seven-Person Bike      
Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law is the first university program in the United States to obtain a conference bike, which seats seven and lets groups conduct meetings as they cycle around town


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.