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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 Exam
Read for suggestions to fix your situation.

The ‘Grisly Reality’ Behind Mental Health Issues At Harvard Law School
Mental 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 Finds
Texas 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 Scorers
The 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 Year
John 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 Debt
Georgia 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 Schools
About half of all Illinois law schools will now accept the GRE.

Other Interesting News

Lindsay Lohan Punks Harvard Law School
Did 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 Away
The 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.

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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