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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for November 9, 2018

The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for November 9, 2018 random
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This week, in addition to the normal collection of articles relating to the legal education market, we have an exciting announcement.  The National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) has chosen Wolters Kluwer to become their exclusive publishing partner.  NITA is the leading provider of legal advocacy skills training and we are thrilled to collaborate with them to produce, promote, and distribute NITA content.  Starting in 2019, customers will be able to bundle WK and NITA content together and create personalized learning materials to better meet the needs of their students.  Our Vice President and General Manager, Vikram Savkar had this to say about the partnership, "We are pleased to provide law schools with opportunities to take trial advocacy and litigation education to the next level through strategies that will benefit students and educators. I believe that this partnership between Wolters Kluwer, a public corporation, and NITA, a private, not-for-profit organization, will provide a model for excellence and innovation in legal education.” We look forward to working together!

Law School Students       

More Law Students Should Join ROTC to Help Minimize their Student Debt          
Many law students might not be familiar with the fact that law students are eligible to receive ROTC scholarships that cover the last two years of law school.  In addition, the military also provides stipends to law students who accept ROTC scholarships.  This opportunity should definitely be considered when thinking of ways to minimize the amount of student loans one must borrow to attend law school.

How Law Students Can Stop Screwing Up their Alumni Networking Emails            
How can you ask a complete stranger for a job . . . without asking for a job? It's pretty simple.

Legal Education

Northwestern Law Dean Cites School's 'Difficult Time' as Reason for Faculty Cuts
Dean Kimberly Yuracko is reducing the number of staff, clinical and nontenure-track lecturers in order to cut operating expenses. The move comes under pressure from the university to decrease costs.

Officials Say Low Pass Rate at TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law is Unacceptable       
The Houston public law school posted a 44.52 percent pass rate for students who took the Texas Bar Examination for the first time in July 2018.

Wolters Kluwer to Become Exclusive Production, Promotion and Distribution Partner for National Institute for Trial Advocacy      
Partnership further strengthens Wolters Kluwer's content and digital solutions for law students and the legal academic community

St. John Fisher College, Syracuse University College of Law Announce Partnership             
St. John Fisher College and the Syracuse University College of Law have announced a 3+3 Legal Education Accelerated Program, LEAP, which will allow a select group of undergraduate students at Fisher the opportunity to earn an undergraduate and law degree in six years, while minimizing the cost of their education.

Concord Law School at Purdue University Global Marks 20th Anniversary              
Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, the nation’s first fully-online law school, is celebrating 20 years since it opened its virtual doors in 1998.

Other Legal News           

An AI Just Outperformed 20 Top Lawyers (and the Lawyers were Happy)
A new study highlights a major flaw in much of the usual 'Robots will take all our jobs!' commentary.


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.