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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for May 18, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for May 18, 2018
Change is the theme this week. We see the familiar debates around topics like the ABA allowing online credits for first year law students and supporting the GRE as an appropriate entrance exam for law school admission. In addition, we see new topics which may be a result of the #MeToo Movement. One such news story, “Female Law Professors Hope Settlement Leads to Change,” covers the $2.6 M settlement between University of Denver Sturm College of Law and 7 female law professors. The discovery of unequal pay for female professors whose median salary was about $11,000 less than their male counterparts, triggered this lawsuit. The law professors hope this increased transparency will lead to a balance in pay for men and women with similar credentials and experience across all of academia, not just law schools. Another story on this theme relates to forced arbitration agreements. Arbitration is an alternative form of dispute resolution and can be either voluntary or forced. Forced, or mandatory arbitration keeps claims out of the public eye and creates a silencing effect. In “Top Law Schools Ask Firms to Disclose Summer Associate Arbitration Agreements,” we learn that Yale Law School sent a letter on behalf of all T14 law schools to every law firm recruiting on their campuses. The letter asked firms to disclose if they require summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements and nondisclosure agreements related to workplace misconduct, including but not limited to sexual harassment. In at least one example, the letter resulted in a law firm ending its mandatory arbitration policy for its employees. Change, indeed. Bar Exam Task Force Recommends Ditching Texas Bar Exam for UBETexas law graduates would no longer face the Texas bar exam, and instead take a test with fewer essay questions that could qualify them for a law license in 29 states, if the Texas Supreme Court accepts a recommendation from one of its task forces. Law Professors Female Law Professors Hope Settlement Leads to ChangeAfter 31 years working at a law school in Denver, Lucy Marsh learned that she remained the lowest-paid professor on staff. She also was among the most experienced, surpassed by only one other person. The disclosure in a department memo set off years of litigation against the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law that ended Thursday with a $2.6 million legal settlement for Marsh and six other women. Law School Students 3 Questions for the Director of an Ivy League IP Law Clinic (Part I)Law students are very, very interested in participating in IP Law clinics. Find out why here. Law Grads Jobs Report '17: Connecticut Skewing Negative?The law class of 2017 overall fared better in the entry-level job market, but national figures obscure the extreme stratification of employment success for grads from individual schools. Our 10 charts break down all the latest hiring data, showing the schools that excelled, and those that lagged behind. Law Student Overcomes Obstacles and Graduates in Front of 3 SonsShartory Brown will graduate from South Texas College of Law on Saturday, after overcoming homelessness, physical abuse, teenage pregnancy and single motherhood. Legal Education Vote to Toss LSAT Mandate for Law Schools Slated for AugustDespite the proposed change, most law schools will continue to use the LSAT in admissions even if the ABA's House of Delegates in August signs off on eliminating the LSAT's required use, experts said. Top Law Schools Ask Firms to Disclose Summer Associate Arbitration AgreementsYale Law School and 13 other top law schools are issuing a survey to law firms asking them to disclose whether or not they require summer associates to submit to forced arbitration agreements and related nondisclosure deals. ABA Set to Approve More Online Credits for Law StudentsSupporters say allowing J.D. students to take up to one-third of their credits online, including some during their first year, is validation that distance education can work in law schools. Suing the ABA Over Accreditation? Get In LineThe American Bar Association is no stranger to litigation when it comes to law school accreditation, but the recent filing of four separate suits is highly unusual. Another Law School Goes to The Dark Side and Will Accept the GREThe GRE has set its sights on Los Angeles! Legal Practice The Importance of Online Reputation Management for Lawyers and Their ClientsFor the majority of lawyers, online marketing is a powerful and effective way to both reach potential clients and convert word of mouth referrals into new business. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Expresses Support for New Law Clerk Hiring PlanJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke favorably of the plan last week during a meeting of the Federal Judges Association in Washington. Justice Elena Kagan said she supports the two-year pilot plan and will "take into account" in her own hiring whether judges and law schools comply with it. Publishing Textbook Authors Sue Cengage Over Subscription ServiceTwo authors have filed a federal lawsuit against educational publisher Cengage, alleging that the company’s new Cengage Unlimited subscription service will improperly cost them sales and royalty payments. 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 June 1, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for June 1, 2018
Many of the articles this week are about graduation, summer employment, a suggestion for a summer beach read, and helpful tips for preparing for the Bar Exam. ‘Tis the season!  Alison Monahan’s article entitled, “Managing Stress and Anxiety While Studying for the Bar Exam” is excellent—chock full of helpful advice for managing anxiety, no matter what is causing it. Stressors in our lives trigger non-productive behaviors. Taking time out to exercise, laugh with a friend, and get a good night’s sleep will not only make us feel better but enable us to absorb and retain more of what we are learning. I encourage everyone to read it, whether or not you are studying for the Bar.   And, if you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you can’t do another thing, think of Briana Williams, the law student who took a final exam while in labor and just graduated from Harvard Law School. Her Instagram post with daughter Evelyn in her arms (in matching cap and gowns) has gone viral. It was a physically and mentally exhausting experience and at times, she didn’t think she could do it but, she did.     Bar Prep Need Help with Bar Exam Prep? Give Us 30 Minutes.     To get you into condition to achieve your best performance, new lawyers who successfully prepared for and passed their bar exams share their tips. Managing Stress and Anxiety While Studying for the Bar ExamIt’s important to utilize tools that are not only relaxing, but actually support retention, comprehension, and stamina, which go a long way in bar exam success. The Secret Recipe to Bar Prep: Meal Prep?The stressors of bar prep really show what we’re made of—and what we’re putting in our bodies can bring out our best or worst. Distance Learning What 6 Colleges Learned About Improving Their Online CoursesAn analysis of the online offerings at three community colleges and three public research universities. Law School Students Graduation Gift Ideas for Debt-Burdened Law School Graduates Hint: You might want to think about alleviating a financial burden law school graduates typically face.  Essential OCI Advice for LL.M. StudentsA close relationship with your Career Services Office will help maximize your chances of landing a position. Law Student Who Took Final Exam While in Labor Has Now Graduated from Harvard Law School  Mom and baby in matching caps and gowns! Legal Education The 10 Law Schools that Offer Students the Most Help with TuitionSome law schools are interested in keeping their graduates out of the poorhouse. Law School on Probation to Close Campus, Move to Office BuildingWhat's a law school that's struggling financially to do? 8 Key Distinctions Between an LL.M. and a J.D.A J.D. teaches general legal skills, while an LL.M. is an advanced, specialized law degree. Other Author's Resignation from the Bar Provides Fodder for Engaging NovelThe plot conflict is summed up by one quote: "Law school may teach you the law, but it doesn't teach you how to be a lawyer." Top 8 Reasons that Solos Should Hire a Law Student this SummerYou owe it to yourself to hire a summer. 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 June 8, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for June 8, 2018
One of the many benefits of working in legal education is getting to discuss thought-provoking and complex topics with some of the brightest people – law professors. I hear legal experts interviewed by major news networks and proudly tell my family, “That’s our author!” I can talk with three professors and hear three different and compelling perspectives. I appreciate the care and judgement that goes into these arguments, regardless of which “side” I am on. There’s no yelling or name-calling, just rational discourse. These are not easy topics to broach but they are helpful in crafting our own opinions and leading change. Several topics being discussed this week fall into this category, from a justice gap to new business models. May they inspire you to learn more, discuss openly, and lead change. Bar Prep Does Bar Prep Have You Freaked Out? Read This. Bar prep may have started out a little rocky, but you can turn this around, even though it will probably still moderately suck. Law School Students Is It Even Possible to be Happy in Law School?Essential advice for every law student. Legal Education Elite Law School Enters the Post-LSAT WorldHow many more people will apply to law school if they don't have to take the LSAT? Law Schools Are Failing Students of ColorHigher debt and lower employment rates create a “justice gap” that’s nearly impossible to escape Defending For-Profit Law School Suits, ABA Pushes for Multidistrict LitigationMoving the three lawsuits filed last month by InfiLaw Corp. and its schools into MDL would prevent inconsistent rulings pertaining to law school accreditation, the American Bar Association asserts. Why Yale Law School Isn’t the Number-One Law School (In the ATL 2018 Law School Rankings)When it comes to law school greatness, numbers might not tell the whole story. Other Launching Your Firm Post-Law SchoolBig firms can be great places to learn, practice, grow, and build careers -- but they're not the only path to success Judge Criticized for Stanford Swimmer's Sexual Assault Sentence is Ousted in Recall VoteA California judge under fire for a six-month sentence for sexual assault given to a Stanford swimmer was ousted Tuesday in a recall vote. Publishing Cengage Selects Chegg to Deliver Cengage Unlimited's Free Rental ProgramSignificant Increase in Rental Volume Expected with New Cengage Unlimited Subscription Service 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 June 22, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for June 22, 2018
There are several helpful articles for law students in this week’s Aspen Advisor.
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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for October 5, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for October 5, 2018
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) announced last week that beginning in June 2019, the LSAT will be delivered as an all-digital test. Instead of the current paper and pencil format, test takers use a tablet loaded with special software.
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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for October 12, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for October 12, 2018
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 ResultsWillamette 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 ChallengesThe 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 ExamIn 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 SchoolNeed help adjusting to and surviving law school life? Take some of this advice. Law Students Plan Walkout on Wednesday to Protest Kavanaugh ConfirmationStudents 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-BeingThe 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 AdmissionsA 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 PreferencesA 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 SchoolsThe University of Wisconsin Law School has its largest enrollment of 1Ls since 2009. VU, Middle Tenn. Trustees Endorse Law School TransferThe 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 ArgueA 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 SwitchThis 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.
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The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for October 26, 2018 random
The Aspen Advisor Week in Review for October 26, 2018
In this week’s Aspen Advisor, I’d like to draw your attention to two interesting trends.  The first is around employment opportunities for recent law school grads as described in, “Legal Industry Employment for Law Grads Increasing, Study Says.”  After the recession, we saw a decline in jobs for law school graduates that required a JD which resulted in a decline in law school enrollment.  AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit organization that conducts research on legal education, has published research indicating that trend is improving.  Last year, 72 percent of law graduates found jobs requiring them to pass the bar exam. This number has been increasing steadily and is almost back to its pre-crisis height of 75 percent. The increase in employment rates can be attributed to fewer students graduating from law school.  Regardless, if you are a law school graduate, a positive trend indeed!  In the article, “Teaching Technology Today: One Law School’s Innovative Offerings,” we learn about how Hofstra is preparing their law students for the changing practice of law.  Whether in the private sector, public sector, or in the courtroom, technology is having a profound impact on how lawyers do their jobs.  Electronic discovery, electronic filing, and electronic billing are now common.  Apps are being developed that use artificial intelligence to bridge the justice gap.  In the courtroom, iPads, touch-screen monitors, and video screens are being used to present and review evidence which is leading to new course offerings such as Evidence with Trial Technology, Introduction to E-Discovery, Artificial Intelligence and Law, and Introduction to Blockchain and Law. It’s exciting to see the growth of technology and smashes the stereotype of lawyers as luddites.  Bar Exam How to Support an Employee who has Failed the Bar Exam       Use the cardinal rule to think about how you would like to be treated in the same situation Law School Students        Legal Industry Employment for Law Grads Increasing, Study SaysPost-law school employment continued to rise in 2017, a sign that law schools have adapted to the contracted post-recession job market. Ralph Nader, Pete Davis Call on Law Students to Serve the Public Interest             Former U.S. presidential candidate and attorney Ralph Nader spoke at the Harvard Law Forum Thursday to discuss the need for more public interest lawyers and his belief in Harvard Law School’s obligation to support public interest careers among its graduates. Legal Education Stanford Law School Expands Innovative Global Law Program with $25 Million Gift from Alumnus William A. Franke          The largest alumni gift in Stanford Law School history commemorates the school’s 125th anniversary. New Program Aims to Support First-Generation College Graduates Attending Duke Law School              Getting into and completing law school is a daunting and challenging process for anyone, especially for students whose families do not have experience in professional fields.  Wealthy Applicants Have a Much Easier Time Getting Admitted to Better Law Schools    All told, the law school admission process is very difficult for less-wealthy applicants. Teaching Technology Today: One Law School’s Innovative Offerings         Lawyers of the future, regardless of practice area, need to be proficient in legal technology. Arizona Summit Law School Details Plans to Eventually Close its Doors     Private law school has struggled to attract students and is now facing having its accreditation pulled by the American Bar Association. Other Legal News            Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Announces Dementia Diagnosis        Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 88, the first woman ever to serve on the highest court in the land, has been diagnosed with dementia and is battling the early stages of what is probably Alzheimer's disease, she announced in a public letter addressed to "friends and fellow Americans" on Tuesday. 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.
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