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 delving into new research by Texas Tech Law associate dean Vickie Sutton on student perceptions of online learning. Her latest study provides some interesting insights on how opinions about distance education have shifted over the past year, which could help inform new approaches to legal education. Next up is a look at a wrenching new essay in the Harvard Law Review from Olivia Warren, the former clerk to the late Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt who testified last year about the sexual harassment she said she endured from the judge. The essay is a must-read for any legal educators involved in helping students land clerkships.