Welcome back to Ahead of the Curve. I’m Karen Sloan, legal education editor at Law.com, and I’ll be your host for this weekly look at innovation and notable developments in legal education.

This week, I’m checking in on a unique partnership between the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the U.S. Army War College that’s giving law students some practice in high-stakes diplomacy and conflict resolution. Next up is a look at AccessLex Institute’s plans to develop a low-cost bar prep program in hopes of bringing down costs for law graduates. Finally, I’m checking in on the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, which serves as a springboard for diverse candidates looking to enter the academy and diverse professors hoping to move up the ranks.