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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for April 6, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for April 6, 2018
One of the most encouraging articles, “Law School Applications Are Up, Especially Among High LSAT Scorers,” provides more details around the increase in law school applications. We’re seeing an increase in students who did well on the LSAT exam. The percent of applicants with LSAT scores of 160 or higher is up more than 21 percent over last year. This means that law schools are once again attracting some of the best and brightest students. Some other stories to note, Harvard Law School is focusing on the mental health issues we see in law school and in the legal profession. And, speaking of Harvard, you can’t miss the April Fools’ Joke Lindsay Lohan played! Law Students Five Signs You are Going to Fail the Bar ExamRead for suggestions to fix your situation. The ‘Grisly Reality’ Behind Mental Health Issues At Harvard Law SchoolMental health issues plague all levels of the legal sector. Harvard Law School has stepped forward in an attempt to quantify, and hopefully then address, the issues. Law Students Benefit From 'Brain Training,' Study FindsTexas Tech law students were better able to synthesize cases and apply legal concepts broadly after undergoing "brain training" during orientation. Legal Education Law School Applications Are Up, Especially Among High LSAT ScorersThe percent of applicants with LSAT scores of 160 or higher is up more than 21 percent over last year. This is a welcome change for law schools that had struggled to attract strong candidates in recent years. John Marshall Law School Named One of the Best in the Country for Intellectual Property Law for Second Consecutive YearJohn Marshall was one of the few law schools in the country to receive an A+ grade from the magazine. The grade was based on the law school’s curricular offerings in comparison to the offerings of the 131 other U.S. law schools that offer concentrations in intellectual property. Georgia State Law Ranked No. 2 Best Law School For Student Loan DebtGeorgia State University College of Law is ranked the No. 2 best law school for those looking to minimize and repay their student loan debt for the second year in a row, according to Student Loan Hero, an online site that helps borrowers manage student loans. The GRE Is Taking Over Yet Another State’s Law SchoolsAbout half of all Illinois law schools will now accept the GRE. Other Interesting News Lindsay Lohan Punks Harvard Law SchoolDid you get caught by any April Fool’s jokes this year? This was my favorite. Steven Bochco, Responsible For More People Going To Law School Than Would Like To Admit It, Passed AwayThe legendary television writer and producer had an undeniable effect on the legal industry. I’ll admit LA Law influenced my decision to take the LSAT exam! 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.
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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for April 13, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for April 13, 2018
Acceptance letters are starting to come in and students are facing a difficult decision—which law school should they attend? Should they choose the school that offers the best scholarship, the school with the highest ranking, the school in the city where they plan to work and live, or some other factor they haven’t considered? In the article, “How Law Schools and JD Applicants Find That Love Connection,” first year law students and law school administrators weigh in on how to make the right decision for you. One piece of advice, it would not be advisable to pick a school that is on the American Bar Association’s list for not meeting their accreditation requirements. Two new schools have been added to that list. Speaking of the ABA, there are a few articles this week debating whether or not the GRE is an acceptable assessment to use for law school admission. The battle between the LSAT vs. GRE wages on. No longer under debate is whether unauthorized or counterfeit versions of textbooks is legal. It was encouraging to see Wiley, Cengage, Pearson and McGraw-Hill Education win their multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a seller of fake textbooks. Last but not least, don’t miss Iesha Champ’s viral law school graduation photo. This single mom of five is truly inspiring! Distance Learning Mitchell Hamline Targets Online Courses to Recruit More Diverse Student BodyThe Mitchell Hamline School of Law says it will debut a series of classes for undergraduate students next year, as part of a new program called the Gateway to Legal Education. Law School Students Single Mom of 5 Inspires in Law School Graduation PhotoIeshia Champs credits her family and her faith for helping her achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer. How to Gauge the Strength of Law School ClinicsGreat law school clinics provide comprehensive legal services, not just consultations. 3 Keys to Bar Exam SuccessThe reason most students fail the bar exam has less to do with intelligence and more to do with their study strategy. In order to ensure that your name appears on the pass list, we highlight three pillars of bar exam success. How Law Schools and JD Applicants Find That Love ConnectionLaw school acceptance letters have rolled in. Now comes the hard part: choosing where to go. Here's how would-be 1L's and the schools achieve the right match. Legal Education High LSAT Scorers Are Back, And They’re Dominating The Law School Applicant Pool2018 may be the year that applicants finally return, and recovery for law schools truly begins. Law School Reverses Decision to Accept GRE Scores in Midst of Admission CycleAfter committing to accept Graduate Record Exam scores for potential GW Law School applicants this admissions cycle, the law school quietly decided to reverse course. ABA Considers Tossing LSAT Requirement, Disagreement EnsuesLegal academics appear split on an ABA proposal, saying the move would invite experimentation or imperil vulnerable students. The Top 20 Most Affordable Law SchoolsWhich law schools won't leave students drowning in debt after graduation? ABA Is Still Cracking Down On Law Schools That Admit Students Who Seem Incapable Of Graduating, Passing Bar ExamWhich law schools will be the next to face the ABA’s wrath? Other Interesting News Ranking The Best Law School Buildings In America (2018)Did your school make the list? Publishing Publishers Win Big in Fake-Textbook LawsuitPublishers Wiley, Cengage, Pearson and McGraw-Hill Education have won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a seller of fake textbooks. 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.
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Announcing the Publication of the 45th Anniversary Edition of James Boyd White’s The Legal Imagination random
Announcing the Publication of the 45th Anniversary Edition of James Boyd White’s The Legal Imagination
White’s groundbreaking law and literature text has been reissued by Wolters Kluwer with a new foreword by the author. We are delighted to announce the publication of the 45th Anniversary Edition of The Legal Imagination with a new foreword by the author, James Boyd White. First published in 1973, The Legal Imagination helped pioneer the law and literature movement, by breaking convention and urging students to understand the law beyond memorization, “to trust and follow their curiosity” and to come to terms with the nature and potential limits of legal language. In this anniversary edition, the new foreword introduces the original unabridged text, and challenges a new generation of readers to understand the language of the law through the prism of literature.  Joe Terry, Publisher of the Legal Education group within Wolters Kluwer, commented:“When we first published The Legal Imagination, it was groundbreaking and inspirational to a generation of legal faculty and students seeking to resituate the foundations of law in language and the human experience. Over the ensuing decades, thousands of leading legal thinkers were profoundly influenced by the title. The ongoing evolution in the law school community today is bringing the educational focus back to the perspectives that lie at the heart of The Legal Imagination.” White encourages the reader to analyze legal and non-legal literature, including excerpts from Robert Frost, Plato, James Joyce, Albert Camus, Leo Tolstoy, and Emily Dickinson.  By juxtaposing examples of legal writing alongside poetry, philosophy, and literary criticism, White frames thought-provoking discussions on topics that intersect both legal and non-legal discourse. “Although this book was published 45 years ago, I think that it may be of wider relevance now than it was then, for its central concern is with integrity—integrity of the law, of language and of the individual person,” said author James Boyd White.
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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for June 29, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for June 29, 2018
Law school applications are up thanks to the “Trump Bump” which means law schools have a larger pool of applicants and can be more selective.  This is leading to increased competition.  As usual, students need strong academic credentials but schools are also looking at work experience and personal statements to help distinguish between applicants.  For more insights and to learn which law schools are the most selective, check out, “10 Law Schools With the Lowest Acceptance Rates.”  Can you guess the top 10? Even with an increase in applications, it’s not enough to offset the financial struggles some institutions are experiencing. One such school, Vermont School of Law, has announced shifting tenured professors over to untenured status in order to balance the budget.  This is extremely controversial as you can see in the “Restructuring Tenure Away” article and the comments that follow.  These are not the fireworks I was expecting this week… Nicole Bar Prep               4 Signs You Should Postpone Taking the Bar ExamIf you’ve accumulated a backlog of work, now is the time to determine whether you can catch up or if it is too late A Breakdown of California Bar Exam Results by Law School (February 2018)Which in-state law schools did the best on the test, and which schools did the worst? Legal Education Restructuring Tenure AwayMore than a dozen faculty at Vermont Law School will lose tenure this year as the institution struggles to level its budget. Valparaiso Law School May Move to Tennessee  Middle Tennessee State University has received a nonbinding letter of intent from Valparaiso Law School, a part of Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, to transfer to Murfreesboro, the Daily News Journal reported. 10 Law Schools With the Lowest Acceptance RatesEach of these law schools rejected more than 75 percent of J.D. applicants in fall 2017. Law Schools Should Ask Applicants How They Will Pay for Their Law School ExpensesPerhaps disclaimers should be placed in law school applications about the burdens and consequences of student loans. LSAT Provides 12 Different Gender Identity Options, Including ‘Genderqueer,’ ‘Unsure’ and ‘Demigender’Students, graduates and others preparing to take the LSAT, or Law School Admission Test, are given 12 different gender identity options to choose from as they create an account with the Law School Admissions Council, which administers the famous exam. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law launches Tech Lab, Offers Courses on Blockchain, Artificial IntelligenceBeginning this school year, the center -- dubbed the C|M|LAW Tech Lab -- will launch the only law-school based interdisciplinary Cybersecurity and Data Privacy certificate, and a new C|M|LAW Tech certificate. The Most Important Chart in the Legal Industry, and it has Nothing to do with the LawYou're probably not going to be making $190K when you graduate. Other Educational News Whose Responsibility is it? The Role of Faculty in Student Success            Faculty’s role in the success of students is critical to the vitality of an institution for all students, and even more so for institutions that serve a large minority population.  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.
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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for July 13, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for July 13, 2018
Have you hugged a law student lately?  The Bar exam will be administered next week so if you know someone studying for the exam, please show them some additional love and support.  Many articles have been written about managing stress and maximizing performance on test day.  Preparation is key but so is a good night’s sleep and proper hydration. The article, “My Top 10 Bar Exam Catchphrases” helps aim students in the right direction for the final week of prep. (Stop watching video lectures!)  And, “Five Tips for the Day of the Bar Exam” offers a handful of tips with the most enjoyable being thinking about how to reward yourself when the exam is over…  Good luck! Bar Prep               My Top 10 Bar Exam CatchphrasesIf you are seriously stressing out over the bar exam, one of these frequently repeated pieces of advice may help you. Online Tool—Still in Beta Testing—Aims for Better Bar Study TechniqueOnline bar review can be more effective than in-person lectures, because data from users' study time pinpoints their strengths and weaknesses, and can help design individual study schedules based on the information, says Matt Sellers, whose law school e-learning company Quimbee is currently beta testing a Uniform Bar Examination study offering that he plans to release to the public in time for the February 2019 exam.  Five Tips for the Day of the Bar ExamGetting ready for exam day? Here are five tips to keep in mind the day of the bar exam. Distance Learning 2U, Inc. Announces a 12-Year Contract Extension with Washington University in St. Louis School of LawAgreement extends existing partnership until 2033 and includes the addition of a new LL.M. in Taxation degree offering Law School Students Majority of Undegraduate Students Will Never Apply to Law SchoolHere's a new study that'll squash deans' hopes and dreams of overflowing classrooms and burgeoning budgets. Prospective Law Students like the LSATReports of the LSAT's demise may be exaggerated. Legal Education Florida Coastal Loses TRO Motion After Legal Ed Section Stays Some Remedial ActionsA federal judge has denied Florida Coastal School of Law's motion seeking to rpohibit an American Bar Assocation accreditation requirement that the school post public noitce on its webstie aboue being out of compliance with various standards. 14 of 19 Vermont Law Professors Lose Tenure, Retention Chair Tells Professors' OrganizationAfter being informed by the chair of Vermont Law School's retention committee that the school stripped 14 law professors of tenure, the American Association of University Professors has questioned whether the school followed proper regulations. Other Legal News Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme CourtPresident Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to join the US Supreme Court, setting the stage for a dramatic confirmation battle over a stalwart conservative who could shape the direction of the court for decades to come. Every Current Supreme Court Justice Attended Harvard or Yale. That’s a Problem, Say Decision-Making ExpertsThe shared elite backgrounds of Supreme Court justices, some experts say, is a disadvantage because scientific research shows diverse groups make better decisions. Last Woman Standing at World Series of Poker Tournament is a LawyerEveryone in the legal profession is rooting for her to take home the grand prize. 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.
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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for July 20, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for July 20, 2018
This week’s articles feature several innovative programs designed to attract students to law school, offer creative ways to reduce the cost of law school, and introduce new specialty areas of study.
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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for May 4, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for May 4, 2018
There are two stories I’d like to highlight this week. The first is related to an efficacy study Pearson released last month related to their MyLab Math product. In that product, and many others like it on the market today, students who have not demonstrated mastery of a learning objective can retake a quiz until they get the score they want. The theory is the more time a student interacts with the material, the greater their understanding. However, Pearson researchers found that students taking quizzes multiple times to get higher scores actually earned lower course grades in the end. Pearson is digging in to learn more about these results. In fact, are these results surprising? Think about yourself as a student. Most students need to have some sort of skin in the game in order to actively engage in the material.  Self-assessments are helpful and serve a valuable purpose. However, they do not fulfill the same role as a formative assessment given by the professor with a grade involved (even if it’s simply for extra credit). Think of learning materials as a balanced breakfast – it’s important to provide more than just a glass of orange juice.  And, lastly, we’ve seen many articles about the “Trump Bump” over the past few months. Law school applications are up almost 10% over last year and many report their interest in applying to law school is in response to the current administration’s policies on immigration, international trade, taxes, gender issues, and more. A recent Kaplan survey indicates 32 percent of respondents said politics were a motivating factor in deciding to apply to law school. In “Women are Flocking to Law School Thanks to Donald Trump,” a recent Barbri Law Review survey indicates these applicants are mostly female democrats unhappy with President Trump and his policies. The question now is how law schools will respond to the increase in applications and how this will translate to fall 2018 enrollment.  Assessment Pearson Efficacy Study Highlights the Challenge of Letting Students RetestNew, externally audited, efficacy research from Pearson about one of the company’s apps shows a significant correlation between increased retesting and lower overall course performance. Law Students Diversity & Inclusion for Recent Law School Grads Seems to Be Taking a Back Seat in Private PracticeThe percentage of black law school graduates who are working in private practice is stunningly low. Millennial Law Students: Play to Your StrengthsThe next time you hear a derogatory comment about millennial students, you can just smile and nod because now you know exactly how to prove them wrong. What Every New Law Graduate Needs: A Venmo AccountOpportunities abound for young lawyers ready to hustle. BARBRI Take the Wheel, ‘SeRiouS’lyA discussion of how Mary E. Juetten prepped for the exam seven years out of law school, while working, and well over the average test-taking age -- and passed Legal Education Free LSAT Prep, from Khan Academy and the LSAC, Coming in JuneA free online LSAT prep program from Khan Academy and the Law School Admission Council, announced in 2017, will be available to the public starting June 1. The Law Schools With The Most Unemployed Graduates (2017)Which law schools landed themselves on this unenviable list? Legal Ed Section Announces Council Slate, and It Includes 1 Young LawyerFollowing recommendations to bring younger voices to the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the group has nominated Daniel R. Thies, a Sidley Austin associate, to a three-year term. St. John Fisher College, University at Buffalo School of Law programSt. John Fisher College and the University at Buffalo School of Law have announced a 3+3 Legal Education Accelerated Program, which will allow any interested undergraduate student at Fisher an opportunity to earn both their undergraduate and law degrees in six years, while minimizing the cost of their education.  Women Are Flocking to Law School Thanks To Donald TrumpThe Trump bump is real, and women who want change in America are heading to law school. 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.
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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for May 11, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for May 11, 2018
In this week’s roundup, I have to start by bragging. Our Casebook Connect digital platform was named a CODiE award finalist for Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution. Finalists represent the best products, technologies, and services in software, information and business technology. We developed this platform to address the unique needs of law school students. This is a competitive environment for students and they are always looking for a leg up. CasebookConnect.com saves students time, increases their efficiency, delivers critical feedback, and exposes real-world applications of what they are learning. The platform also helps professors gain insight on how their class is performing.  We look forward to learning about this year’s winners on June 12.  Another article about digital learning pedagogy is “When More Information Isn’t Better for Students.” A recent Stanford University study determined that sharing information about how previous groups of students performed does not lead to better outcomes. In this case, just the opposite. Students using a digital course platform where they could see how previous students performed corresponded to an average drop of 0.16 units in overall GPA. More research needs to be done to determine if this is true for all students or specifically high-achieving students. Regardless, it is something for us to think about as we develop enhancements to our digital products.  Law Professors Let’s Get Clinical (Faculty)!Most of 'podium professors' have no clue what clinical faculty do. Show them and prove your value to the law school. Law School Students Commencement Speaker Hodell (J.D. ’18) Finds Third Act in Life Through Law StudiesAs the student commencement speaker this year, Thomas Michael “Mike” Hodell, 52, wants to impart what it has meant to him personally to attend Georgia State Law and embark on what he calls “my third career.” What No One Ever Tells You about Failing the Bar ExamYou won’t actually die of embarrassment, the people you love will support you, and there is no correlation between failing the bar exam and being alone. How to Decide On A Law School: We Answer Even More QuestionsTrying to decide where to go to law school? We've got you covered. Find Your Niche. Then Get Rich.Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t yet found your fit just yet. You might be able to carve out a new area of law. How to Answer Tough Law School Interview QuestionsIn law school interviews, it's important to explain why you're a strong candidate, experts say. What’s The Best Strategy to Prepare for the Bar Exam?The answer isn’t as exciting as you may think: it depends on who you are and where you are coming from. Legal Education ABA Should Never Have Accredited Now-Closed Charlotte School of Law, Lawsuit ClaimsA former professor and former student from the Charlotte School of Law have sued the ABA, accusing it of negligence in accrediting the school. Florida Coastal Sues ABA Over Finding of Noncompliance with Accreditation StandardsFlorida Coastal School of Law, which the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has found to be out of compliance with various standards regarding admissions and academic support, filed a federal court lawsuit against the organization Thursday, alleging that the ABA's accreditation finding violated the school’s due process rights. UMN Subsidy for Law School Soars as Applications Suffer a Steep DropStill suffering from a steep drop in student applications, the University of Minnesota School of Law says it can’t balance its budget without even more help from the rest of the university. Legal Training and New Markets The Florida Bar Approves New Suffolk Law School Online Courses to Fulfill CLE CreditsFlorida attorneys can earn 24 CLE credits from new online courses in legal innovation and technology Other When More Info Isn't Better for StudentsNew findings: college students actually perform worse with access to digital course-planning platforms that show how previous students performed. Paralegal Education Hybrid Paralegal Roles Are on the Rise at Law Firms, In-HouseThe latest trend in hiring for law firms and in-house legal departments? Hybrid paralegals—these positions bring the greatest value and are in demand. As clients seek legal services at lower costs, the need for multifaceted support staff grows. Technology Wolters Kluwer's CasebookConnect.com Named SIIA Education Technology CODiE Awards Finalist for Best Emerging Instructional Technology SolutionCasebookConnect.com provides law students with tools to maximize their academic performance. 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.
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