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Groundbreaking Law School Admissions Test with Preparatory Course

A Supportive and Reliable Measurement of a Student’s Ability to Learn

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Aspen Publishing Acquires Exclusive License from University of Arizona to Administer New Law School Admissions Test

Aspen secures an agreement with JD-Next, envisioning a new and effective path for future legal professionals.

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Changing the Conversation Around Law School Admissions

At Aspen Publishing, we believe that the more tools and data points, the better! JD-Next is an innovative law school learning program designed to measure what you can do versus what you may already know.

Originally developed in 2019 to help students admitted at law schools develop the fundamental reading and analysis skills they will need to succeed in law school and beyond, JD-Next can now serve as a separate JD admissions exam which dramatically reduces or eliminates admission test score disparities for underrepresented groups compared to legacy admissions tests like the LSAT or GRE.

Three key takeaways from a recent, peer-reviewed study on JD-Next:

  • The JD-Next exam is a reliable and valid way to predict success in law school and can provide a significant increase in predictive power over base models.
  • The JD-Next exam produces little to no score disparities for under-represented groups.
  • Students who participated in the program, regardless of whether they took the final exam, had, on average, .20 points higher on their law school GPA.

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Major Goals of JD-Next

  • Prepare all populations of students for success in JD programs by giving them foundational knowledge and skills.
  • Reduce any potential racial and class disparities in preparation for admissions testing, preparation for law school, and confidence in succeeding in tests and law school.
  • Create a valid and reliable predictor of performance in law school.
  • Expose undergraduate students to thinking like a lawyer, the kind of materials addressed in law schools, and pathways to the legal profession including instruction on admissions and financing.

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What is JD-Next?

JD-Next has two core components: 1) a fully online course that introduces students to fundamental reading and analysis skills, and 2) an examination. JD-Next has been proven to achieve equal or better exam results than other entrance tests with as little as 6 hours per week over two months with no additional preparation required through the powerful combination of our course and examination.

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What Does JD-Next Mean for Universities and Students?

For undergraduate universities, JD-Next can be used as a complement to an existing suite of services to attract and retain students with plans to pursue a law or other advanced degrees. With JD-Next, their students will be better prepared for their graduate studies, increasing students’ chances of success by their career prospects, and elevating post-grad outcomes. The program can also help to establish each institution's reputation for academic excellence, attract more high-quality students, and strengthen partnerships with law schools.

For undergraduate students, JD-Next improves readiness and confidence for law school for all student populations. In addition, the program is offered fully online and asynchronously, allowing students to complete the coursework at their own pace.

For law schools, JD-Next can be used as an alternative admissions pathway in addition to the existing legacy admissions exams already in use. Many schools have used the course as part of a bridge program, to acclimate students and to increase their comfort level when starting law school. In two peer-reviewed studies, it was shown to boost law school grades. Now, schools can utilize JD-Next exam scores to assist in selecting students from their waitlists. Schools can also use JD-Next to assist in identifying students who might need additional support early in their first year.

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