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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for October 12, 2018

The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for October 12, 2018 random
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Check out this week’s collection of interesting articles related to the Bar exam, law schools, law students, legal education and publishing.

Bar Exam


July 2018 Bar Exam Results
Willamette University College of Law graduates who sat for the bar exam for the first time this July achieved a pass rate of nearly 80% for Oregon and Washington combined. WUCL graduates performed right at the state average in Oregon and significantly exceeded the state average in Washington.


Law School Optimistic About Future After Years of Challenges
The USD School of Law has seen many changes within the past year such as a relocation task force, a search committee formed to replace Dean Thomas Geu and an increase in South Dakota bar examination passage rates since the July exam


Five Simple Steps to Take if You Fail the Bar Exam
In this post we discuss five simple steps to take if you fail the bar exam.


Law School Students


4 Things I Wish I Knew 1L Year of Law School
Need help adjusting to and surviving law school life? Take some of this advice.


Law Students Plan Walkout on Wednesday to Protest Kavanaugh Confirmation
Students from at least 12 law schools will stage a walkout on Wednesday followed by a three-day strike to protest the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. More than 30 organizations have endorsed the plan.


For Law Student Mental Health Day, ABA Groups Focus on Ways to Promote Well-Being
The article cites studies done indicating mental health issues abound in law school and offers several ideas for promoting student well-being.


Becca Heller's Journey From Yale Law Student to MacArthur 'Genius'
The 2010 law grad never imagined the refugees resettlement project she started with some Yale Law School classmates a decade ago would morph into a major player in refugee rights and land her a coveted MacArthur Fellowship.


What is a Good LSAT Score?
Applicants to the 10 highest-ranked schools should aim for an LSAT score of 170 or higher, experts say


Legal Education


Pilot Project Extended to Accept GRE for Law School Admissions
A two-year change in admissions policy allows prospective students to apply with scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test as an alternative to the LSAT. UH law school faculty approved a one-year pilot program a year ago, and have extended it for another year.


Suits Against Harvard and NYU Law Reviews Claim Racial, Gender Preferences
A Texas-based group called Faculty, Alumni, and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences argues the diversity policies of the schools' law reviews violate federal anti-discrimination laws.


It’s a Record Year for Wisconsin Law Schools
The University of Wisconsin Law School has its largest enrollment of 1Ls since 2009.


VU, Middle Tenn. Trustees Endorse Law School Transfer
The governing boards of Middle Tennessee State University and Valparaiso University have endorsed the transfer of Valparaiso’s law school to the Murfreesboro campus, officials from the two universities announced Wednesday.
Other Legal News


Even as President, Trump May Face Civil Suit in NY Courts, Law Professors Aim to Argue
A group of law professors who argued two decades ago that former President Bill Clinton should not be immune to a civil lawsuit in federal court are now asking to make the same argument against President Donald Trump in New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s lawsuit against the Trump Foundation.


Publishing


Frankfurt Book Fair 2018: Cengage CEO Michael Hansen on the Company's Digital Switch
This fall, Cengage introduced Cengage Unlimited, a new digital subscription service. Does this mean the textbook's days are numbered?


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.