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The Law School Toolbox podcast is an engaging show for law students about law school, the bar exam, legal careers, and life. Each week, we offer practical tips and advice on academic matters, careers, and more. The Law School Toolbox podcast is hosted by opinionated law school and bar exam experts Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess. You might not always agree with us, but we guarantee you won’t be bored listening! Our goal is to impart useful, actionable advice in an entertaining manner. Join us! And, if you have an opinion on the show, please drop by and offer a review. We’re here to help, and we’d love to hear from you!

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The Law School Toolbox podcast is an engaging show for law students about law school, the bar exam, legal careers, and life. Each week, we offer practical tips and advice on academic matters, careers, and more. The Law School Toolbox podcast is hosted by opinionated law school and bar exam experts Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess. You might not always agree with us, but we guarantee you won’t be bored listening! Our goal is to impart useful, actionable advice in an entertaining manner. Join us! And, if you have an opinion on the show, please drop by and offer a review. We’re here to help, and we’d love to hear from you!

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Great tips, a lot of things considered

By ADDDeeJay - Oct 25 2019
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Not a law school student, but I intend on it. Still gearing up for the LSAT, but these tips are even relevant for someone who’s just considering it. Well done.

Covers every aspect of the law school experience

By B Waugh - Aug 19 2019
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The best law school podcast, hands down.

iTunes Ratings

251 Ratings
Average Ratings
208
22
3
8
10

Great tips, a lot of things considered

By ADDDeeJay - Oct 25 2019
Read more
Not a law school student, but I intend on it. Still gearing up for the LSAT, but these tips are even relevant for someone who’s just considering it. Well done.

Covers every aspect of the law school experience

By B Waugh - Aug 19 2019
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The best law school podcast, hands down.

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The Law School Toolbox Podcast: Tools for Law Students from 1L to the Bar Exam, and Beyond

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The Law School Toolbox podcast is an engaging show for law students about law school, the bar exam, legal careers, and life. Each week, we offer practical tips and advice on academic matters, careers, and more. The Law School Toolbox podcast is hosted by opinionated law school and bar exam experts Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess. You might not always agree with us, but we guarantee you won’t be bored listening! Our goal is to impart useful, actionable advice in an entertaining manner. Join us! And, if you have an opinion on the show, please drop by and offer a review. We’re here to help, and we’d love to hear from you!

102: How to Read Cases and Prepare for Class in Law School

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Welcome back! Today we are going to dive into one of the realities of day-to-day law school life -- reading cases and preparing for class. You'll end up spending much of your day reading and preparing for class. And, yes, there is a “right” way and a “wrong way” to prepare for law school classes. This podcast will give you some valuable tips to make sure you're getting the most out of your study time.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why reading cases and preparing for class can seem daunting and difficult
  • How to prepare for class correctly and make the most of your study time
  • The elements of a case opinion you should be able to identify and become familiar with
  • The significance and purpose of a case brief and dos and don’ts of case briefing
  • Appropriate and helpful uses for supplements
  • The struggle is real – really. Struggling with the material is part of the process!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-102-Reading-Cases-and-Preparing-for-Class.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 19 2017

40mins

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008: Law School 101 for 1Ls - What NOT to Do!

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Welcome back! If you’re a 1L, this is the episode for you. We’re going to talk about the top five things law students consistently screw up their first year, so you can avoid doing any of them.

In a nutshell, here they are (and we talk about each one in detail in this episode):

1.     Bad time and life management

2.     Misunderstanding what’s expected on the final exam

3.     Lack of practice

4.     Lack of feedback (or not learning from feedback)

5.     Simply not doing the work, or not fully committing to the experience

Are you falling behind in law school, or just checking the boxes and missing the point? Find out what you need to be doing to succeed as a 1L - and what NOT to do!

Resources:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know! We'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly! You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 08 2015

36mins

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093: Top 1L Questions: Academic Concerns

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Welcome back! Today, we’re addressing some of the questions we've gotten from incoming 1Ls about law school academics. There are many things about law school that inherently make law school intimidating, unfamiliar territory. Tune in for some tips on preparing yourself mentally for what to expect so you go into your 1L year with a strategy for success.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Elements of law school that are challenging and different from what you’ve experienced in the past
  • How to manage the heavy workload (hint: there’s no shortcut)
  • Tracking your time and evaluating your methods to course-correct along the way
  • Tips for part-time students managing additional responsibilities
  • Good confusion vs. bad confusion and how to know if you’re prepared for class
  • How to stand out – in a good way – in law school

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode-93-Top-Incoming-1L-Questions_Academics.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Apr 17 2017

38mins

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074: Should You Go To Law School?

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Welcome back! Today we are talking about a very important topic -- who should go to law school? People have a variety of reasons for going to law school, but the real question is -- should YOU go? We'll help you figure that out.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What do lawyers really do?
  • What is law school like?
  • Questions to ask yourself before you apply to law school
  • Ways to learn about the legal profession
  • Ways to test out a legal career
  • The people you should talk to before making the big decision
  • Being realistic about money, time, the bar exam, and employment
  • The importance of figuring out what you're good at and what you like
  • Should you go to law school just because you think you'd be "good at it"?
  • Why you shouldn't go to law school because you don't know what else to do
  • Drawbacks to consider when going to law school
  • Will you be happy as a lawyer?
  • What to do if you're on the fence about law school 
  • The importance of examining your values and how they would line up with law school and a legal career
  • Running the numbers -- is law school worth it?

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Nov 28 2016

37mins

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104: Law School Essentials - What to Buy (and Not to Buy) Beforehand

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Welcome to The Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today we're talking about shopping for law school essentials, everything from backpacks to highlighters. Law school is expensive, so make sure you are being savvy with your purchases!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to carry all of your stuff
  • Whether to buy a new computer immediately
  • The law school locker situation
  • Do you need a briefcase?
  • The best notebooks and binders, and why you'll need a rainbow of highlighters
  • How to best use technology
  • The benefits of note-taking software
  • Handling life necessities, like your wardrobe, lunch boxes, and household items
  • Ways to let other people help you stock up on what you need
  • How to streamline purchasing so you don't have to waste time during the semester

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-104-What-to-Buy.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 03 2017

41mins

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206: The Most Surprising Things About 1L Year

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing some unexpected things we experienced when we started as 1Ls, so you can adjust to law school culture faster.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How the volume of activities and the importance of grades can be overwhelming at first
  • Why it could take some time to find people that you click with
  • The reality of having to figure most stuff out on your own
  • Schedules being less flexible than you might be used to
  • The importance of thinking about summer jobs early
  • Bringing out your inner entitled self and feeling confident you deserve your place in law school as much as anybody else

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-206-the-most-surprising-things-about-1l-year/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 29 2019

27mins

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119: Navigating the Law School Application Process (with Admission Logic)

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today we're discussing tips for applying to law school with two application experts: Doretta McGinnis, who is also a tutor for us at the Law School Toolbox and the Bar Exam Toolbox, and Ned Luce. Doretta and Ned are independent educational consultants with a focus on undergrad and law school admissions. Together, they founded Admission Logic.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Should you apply to law school? And where?
  • Admissions trends in the aftermath of the financial crash in 2008
  • ABA law school disclosures and how to best use them in your application process
  • Latest information on law school admissions criteria
  • How to approach the writing components in law school admissions vs. undergrad
  • The function of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
  • Tips for applying to an LLM program

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Episode-119-law-school-applications2.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 16 2017

1hr 5mins

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158: What to Wear (and What Not to Wear) as a Law Student

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about law school fashion. What to wear (and maybe what not to wear) to law school classes, job interviews, and other law school events.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Do you need to even worry about what to wear to class?
  • Balancing your professional self and your authentic self 
  • Why it's fine not to get creative with your fashion choices
  • Some solid rules of thumb – like ALWAYS wear a suit to an interview
  • Dressing the part for the role you want and building confidence in the process
  • Easy ways to build a professional wardrobe and the benefits of keeping it simple

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/LST-Ep-158-What-to-wear-and-not-to-wear.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Aug 06 2018

44mins

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043: Getting Mentally Prepared to Start Law School

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’re
talking about how to get mentally prepared for the challenges of
starting law school. These challenges might be academic in nature,
or more personal. Luckily, there are techniques you can use on any
type of challenge to ensure you’re moving forward and keeping
things under control.

Not sure what you really need to be worrying about this summer?
Tune in and find out!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Is law school really that challenging? 
  • Handling the volume of work you will see in law school
  • The importance of time management
  • How to plan your schedule
  • Ariel's tip for finding self-motivation after a tough day
  • Why mindset matters and failure is OK
  • The importance of self-reflection
  • Getting a support network in place before a crisis
    situation
  • Planning ahead for difficult situations

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating
on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can
always reach us via the contact form on the Law
School Toolbox website
 (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). 

Enjoy! And best of luck starting law school!

Alison & Lee

Apr 25 2016

37mins

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084: Using Rules Effectively in Legal Writing (w/ guest Jason Jones)

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Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Law School Toolbox tutor (and former law professor) Jason Jones about a very important aspect of law school exam success – using legal rules. 

Some of you might be thinking, “Duh, of course, I know how to use legal rules. It’s all we talk about in class and I have them all in my outline.” But, we see A LOT of exam answers – where students swear they knew the rules going in – that really don’t include rules at all.

If you want to set yourself up for legal rule success, tune in! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What's the rule supposed to accomplish in legal writing?
  • Why it's important to have accurate, complete rule statements
  • Common issues students have with using legal rules effectively
  • What a bad rule statement looks like
  • Do you need to memorize your rule statements exactly? 
  • How do you know if the rules in your outline are correct and easy to use?
  • Is it okay to just look up the rules in a commercial outline?
  • Alison and Jason share examples of what do to (and not to do) with rules in legal writing

Resources

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact).

Thanks for listening! Good luck with those rule statements!

Alison & Lee

Feb 13 2017

36mins

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115: Tips for Settling into Law School

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we're chatting about settling into law school after your first month. The first four or five weeks of class can be a really pivotal turning point for a lot of students, especially 1Ls. But there’s still plenty of adjusting that happens in your 2L and 3L years, too, with each year presenting unique challenges.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Taking stock of what’s going on: getting used to the law school workload, ramping up to LRW assignments, and starting your outlines
  • For 2Ls and 3Ls: balancing academics with the job search, interviews, traveling, and extracurriculars
  • Checking in and evaluating your class prep, class time, and overall study schedule and strategy: How is it working for you?
  • What are your next step?
  • Evaluating your stress levels and prioritizing self-care
  • Where to look for help and resources
  • What you can do now to get ready for the February bar exam

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Episode-115-Settling-into-Law-School.docx.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 18 2017

41mins

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040: Preparing for Your First Semester of Law School

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Welcome back! Today we're talking about what incoming law school students should be doing or thinking about this summer to get ready for law school (if anything!).

Before you go overboard and pre-read supplements for every class, stop! Take a breath, and use our strategies to get ready for your first year of law school in style, without ruining your whole summer. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison share their experiences getting ready for law school
  • Finding housing that fits your lifestyle and needs
  • Thinking about your creature comforts
  • What do you really need to buy? (It's less than you think!)
  • Why you may not want to run out and buy a new laptop right away
  • Preparing the people in your life for your new law school life
  • Setting boundaries for loved ones 
  • The right way to leave your current job
  • What academic preparations do you need to make?
  • What supplements should you read (and which ones not to)?
  • Why it's important to start thinking about your legal career now, before school starts

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). 

Enjoy! And best of luck in law school.

Alison & Lee

Apr 04 2016

44mins

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034: Which Law School Should I Go To?

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Welcome back! Today we are going to be talking about one of the most important decisions you will make as a lawyer - which law school to go to. If you are a pre-law struggling with your decision, we've got tips on how to critically evaluate your choices to make the best decision for you. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to dig into the law school data to make an informed decision on which law school to attend
  • What do law school rankings really mean? 
  • Being thoughtful about the opportunities you want and location you want to be in
  • Why Lee and Alison chose the schools they did
  • The importance of spending time on campus, meeting professors, and questioning students and recent graduates
  • Managing the cost of law school and scholarship tips
  • Should you attend an alternative law school (online, part-time)?
  • Why maybe you should just be a barista!

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Feb 22 2016

38mins

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051: The Characters You'll Meet in Law School

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Welcome back! Today we’ve got an entertaining topic – the eccentric characters you'll meet in law school, along with some tips on law school etiquette (if you don’t want to find yourself on this list in the future). 

Now, you might be wondering what we’re talking about. Isn’t law school just a bunch of students studying the law? Haha, as if. 

For whatever reason, law school tends to attract a rather eccentric cast of characters, some of whom you’re likely to run into, for better or worse!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the most notorious law school character type?
  • Other personality types you will meet in law school and how to deal with them
  • The characters Lee and Alison encountered in law school
  • Basic rules of law school etiquette
  • The importance of finding your people 
  • Avoiding relationship drama in law school
  • How "not to behave" in law school 

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact).

Thanks for listening! Best of luck with law school.

Alison & Lee

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Jun 20 2016

40mins

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134: Strategies for Maximum Personal Productivity

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Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're sharing personal productivity tips you can use to organize your life and get everything done. Working effectively isn’t just important for law school, but for life as a whole. In this podcast, we talk about different systems, strategies, and considerations you can explore to create a productivity plan that works for you.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The productivity management tool, Trello – and why we’re so obsessed
  • The importance of recording your to-dos, and recording them all in one place
  • Mise-en-place: What you can learn about productivity from professional chefs
  • Immersive time vs. process time
  • How to create and commit to processes for dealing with your life, instead of winging it as things come up

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Episode-134-Personal-Productivity.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Feb 19 2018

41mins

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070: How to Decide What Type of Law to Practice

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we’re talking about how to figure out what type of law to practice. There are more options than most people realize, and your career happiness and success can ride on these decisions, so it’s important to think beyond “litigation or corporate.” Ideally, you’ll find something that uses your unique skills, interests, and background to set yourself apart from the pack.

Tune in for ideas on how to decide what's the best fit for you!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The different types of law that exist beyond just litigation and corporate work
  • How you can learn what each type of lawyer does
  • Alison and Lee share their experience with different practice areas
  • Should you specialize?
  • Why internships and externships can help you decide what type of law to practice
  • Questions you can ask yourself to decide which type of law is the best fit for you
  • How to test the waters and find out if a certain type of law is a good fit
  • The importance of thinking about your career options early
  • How to use your own unique skills, traits, and background to your advantage

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 31 2016

41mins

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060: 5 Tips for Surviving the First Month of Law School

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Welcome back. Today, we’re talking about 5 things to focus on academically in the first month of law school, to set yourself up for success later on. If you're just starting law school, this episode is for you!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why you should learn to read cases well in the beginning of law school
  • The importance of keeping up with your reading
  • Methods for avoiding distractions and paying attention in class
  • Different methods of note taking
  • Should you handwrite or type your class notes?
  • Why it's important to take advantage of office hours
  • Should you join a study group? 
  • Do you need an accountability partner?
  • Evaluating your schedule and staying accountable
  • How to take legal writing and research seriously without letting it take over your life

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact).

Thanks for listening! 

Alison & Lee

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Aug 22 2016

34mins

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169: Setting Your Priorities in Law School

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’re talking about setting your priorities in law school when you're overwhelmed by your to-do list. This is the time in the semester when things get really busy and overwhelming, so tune in to find out how to tame your to-do list and get the most important stuff done.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The two biggest mistakes law students make – prioritizing the urgent over the important and neglecting self-care
  • What the difference is between urgent and important tasks on your to-do list and how to prioritize them (HINT: ROI – return on investment)
  • Three don’ts – don’t skip class; don’t over-prioritize certain tasks; and don’t forget self-care
  • Why it’s ok to leave something on the table; you might not finish 100% of your reading or brief every case, and that's okay
  • Self-care – make sure you’re sleeping, eating well, spending some time with loved ones outside of law school, and exercising

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LST-Ep-169-Setting-Priorities-in-Law-School.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 22 2018

42mins

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218: Listen and Learn -- Supplemental Jurisdiction (Civ Pro)

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! This is the second episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about civil procedure -- in particular, supplemental jurisdiction.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is supplemental jurisdiction?
  • The rules of supplemental jurisdiction and some related examples
  • Going through an essay question from the July 2012 California Bar Exam
  • Identifying the original basis of jurisdiction
  • How to apply the rules of supplemental jurisdiction to diversity of citizenship and federal cases

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-218-listen-and-learn-supplemental-jurisdiction-civ-pro/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 21 2019

12mins

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132: What's BigLaw Really Like? (w/ Sadie Jones)

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Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're talking about what it's actually like to work in BigLaw, with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones. It’s generally accepted that in BigLaw, you’re expected to bill a ton of hours and work long nights in exchange for a hefty paycheck, but is that all there is to it? Learn more of the nuanced ins-and-outs of life working in a large law firm.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The BigLaw hierarchy, and your chances of making partner
  • The type of work and the type of client you can expect to encounter
  • The BigLaw hiring process
  • Typical work assignments for junior associates
  • How many hours are you really expected to bill/work?
  • Bonuses: Show me the money!
  • What does partnership really require?
  • Expectations for business development
  • Some common pitfalls of BigLaw life

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Episode-132-Whats-It-Like-to-Work-in-BigLaw-with-Sadie-Jones.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee

Feb 05 2018

47mins

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224: Taking Ownership of Your Career (w/Sadie Jones)

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we are welcoming back ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to discuss how much responsibility you should take for your future career -- starting as a law student -- and what resources are available to help.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why you need to take ownership of your career goals as a law student
  • Resources to help if you're not sure yet what you want
  • Looking outside of the standard channels for work opportunities
  • How does your mindset factor into your job search?
  • The importance of asking for help rather than trying to do everything yourself
  • Evaluating each job for clues about what job is right for you long term
  • Why BigLaw didn't work for Alison's personality

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-224-taking-ownership-of-your-career-w-sadie-jones/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Dec 09 2019

31mins

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223: 1L Year at Harvard Law (w/guest Carla Luna)

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we are welcoming guest Carla Luna -- currently a 2L at Harvard -- to discuss adjusting to law school as a 1L, and the different activities and programs available to Harvard Law students.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Carla's background and path to law school
  • The types of activities law students can get involved in at Harvard
  • Do you have to join a formal study group?
  • Job hunting during 1L year
  • Harvard's grading system
  • What is more or less challenging about 2L year compared to 1L year
  • The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity program

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-223-1l-year-at-harvard-law-w-guest-carla-luna/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Dec 02 2019

30mins

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222: Using Winter Break to Advance Your Career

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're welcoming back ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to talk about how to use winter break productively to move your career forward, make new connections, take care of personal chores, and of course, get some rest.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How can attending holiday events help in advancing your career?
  • Where else could you make new connections, besides holiday parties?
  • Getting your elevator pitch ready
  • Preparing everything you need for your summer job search
  • Spending some time on writing a note for a law journal
  • Making sure you have enough time to rest and recharge

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-222-using-winter-break-to-advance-your-career/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Nov 18 2019

29mins

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221: Our Top 5 Last-Minute Exam Tips

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing our top 5 last-minute exam tips that will help you see the big picture and fill in some of the details of law school exam prep.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of practicing as much as you can
  • Putting together the study materials for yourself
  • Seeking additional help from your professors, classmates, a study group, or a tutor
  • Getting a realistic understanding of how well you're doing
  • Knowing the law in detail, not in broad strokes
  • Having a big-picture plan and keeping yourself well enough to take the exam
  • Do not give up if you feel you're behind, because a lot can be done even in a few days!

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-221-our-top-5-last-minute-exam-tips/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Nov 11 2019

28mins

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220: More on Accommodations in Law School (w/Elizabeth Knox)

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're welcoming back disability consultant Elizabeth Knox to discuss the process of applying for accommodations in law school to level the playing field in cases of disability, pregnancy, anxiety, and other conditions.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The different categories that fall into the accommodations realm
  • How much harder is it to get accommodations if you don't have a history of accommodations?
  • How to advocate for yourself if you're not comfortable with the traditional mode of teaching in law school
  • What if the accommodations request is not approved before exam time?
  • What to do if medical issues come up suddenly during the semester
  • Accommodations for the bar exam
  • Navigating the job search process for people with special needs
  • Remember that people don't even notice that somebody got accommodations for the exam!

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-220-more-on-accommodations-in-law-school-w-elizabeth-knox/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Nov 04 2019

41mins

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219: Mastering People Skills for Success as an Attorney (w/Stephanie Hanna)

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with special guest Stephanie Hanna -- Founder of The Other 85 -- about mastering the non-substantive skills that make up 85% of career success for lawyers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Stephanie's background and her work creating The Other 85
  • Should you be a giver or a taker?
  • Developing a positive networking attitude
  • Tips for reaching out, asking for a favor, and following up with people
  • Are first-generation law students at a disadvantage when it comes to creating business contacts?
  • How to build your network at holiday parties

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-219-mastering-people-skills-for-success-as-an-attorney-w-stephanie-hanna/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 28 2019

31mins

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218: Listen and Learn -- Supplemental Jurisdiction (Civ Pro)

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! This is the second episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about civil procedure -- in particular, supplemental jurisdiction.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is supplemental jurisdiction?
  • The rules of supplemental jurisdiction and some related examples
  • Going through an essay question from the July 2012 California Bar Exam
  • Identifying the original basis of jurisdiction
  • How to apply the rules of supplemental jurisdiction to diversity of citizenship and federal cases

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-218-listen-and-learn-supplemental-jurisdiction-civ-pro/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 21 2019

12mins

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217: Choosing a Law School (with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian)

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian -- a law school admissions expert who has been featured on The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and NBC -- about the process of deciding which law schools to apply to, and choosing the one to attend.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Shemmassian's background and his work in admissions counseling
  • Factors to consider when choosing which schools to apply to
  • How many schools should be on the average applicant's list?
  • Going straight through to law school versus taking some time off
  • What to think about when deciding which school to choose if you've gotten into a few places
  • Presenting your story in terms of what's going to make you a great alumnus
  • Financial aid and the importance of scholarships

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-217-choosing-a-law-school-with-dr-shirag-shemmassian/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 14 2019

50mins

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216: How Do You Know When You Need Extra Help in Law School?

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing some warning signs suggesting you might need extra help in law school, and talk about why seeking help is a sign of strength and not a weakness.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why sometimes even good students start to struggle in law school
  • "Good confusion" versus "bad confusion"
  • Tracking your hours and allocating time to deep work
  • Why midterms are a blessing, not a curse
  • The importance of testing yourself in the same format as your final exam
  • Signs that you are probably doing fine
  • Red flags indicating you might need extra help
  • Getting special accommodations due to any learning differences 
  • Why reaching out for help is a great idea

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-216-how-do-you-know-when-you-need-extra-help-in-law-school/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 07 2019

26mins

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215: Listen and Learn -- The Commerce Clause

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're introducing a new series of podcast episodes called "Listen and Learn," where we're going to review substantive areas of the law and apply some of that law to facts. In this episode, we're talking about the Commerce Clause.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The basic structure of first-year Constitution Law classes
  • How the Commerce Clause is typically taught in class
  • Building a case-based rule for the Commerce Clause
  • A fact pattern involving a fictional product called Lickable Wallpaper
  • Creating an analytical framework and applying it to the fact pattern

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-215-listen-and-learn-the-commerce-clause/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 30 2019

12mins

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214: Handling an Extensive Job Search Outside of OCI

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about how to find a job if you struck out at OCI, or never tried it to begin with.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The job search framework from The Girl's Guide to Law School series by Katie Slater
  • Developing a big-picture view about your skills and strengths
  • Creating a list of all your contacts and keeping track of your communication with them
  • Trying a tiered approach, starting with your ideal jobs
  • Listing out the steps you need to take in the job search process and keeping track of your progress
  • Tips for mental and emotional well-being while handling an extensive search
  • Getting outside help, from coaches, mentors, family, or friends if you've hit a dead end

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-214-handling-an-extensive-job-search-outside-of-oci/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 23 2019

30mins

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213: Why Practice Is So Important in Law School

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the importance of doing practice questions and getting feedback on your writing in preparation for exams.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The disconnect between class and exams
  • Where to find study materials and academic support to get started
  • Reviewing your work and getting feedback
  • How early in the semester should you start practicing, and when is it too late to be worth it?
  • What if you find that doing practice questions on your own is not going so well?
  • Practicing for multiple choice exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-213-why-practice-is-so-important-in-law-school/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 16 2019

29mins

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212: Bouncing Back from a Major Mistake

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how to bounce back after making a significant mistake -- one of those school, career, or personal screw ups that sometimes can be a major headache -- and what steps to take to ensure it doesn't happen again.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Assessing whether the mistake really is as big a deal as it appears at first
  • Looking at how famous people, such as politicians, deal with their own faux pas
  • Common scenarios where something can go wrong at school or work
  • How owning up and taking responsibility will go a long way to repairing the damage
  • Taking specific steps to make sure the mistake doesn't happen again
  • Where to look for help if you feel like you've made a mistake in your personal life

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-212-bouncing-back-from-a-major-mistake/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 09 2019

30mins

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211: Putting Together a Capsule Wardrobe as a Law Student

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the idea of a capsule wardrobe, or how to choose staple pieces that will give you the versatility to easily create different outfits.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The characteristics of a capsule wardrobe
  • What to look for when shopping for a suit
  • Balancing professionalism and your own personal style
  • Online stores and subscription service options for people who don't like shopping for clothes
  • Moving clothes out of the closet if you never wear them
  • Reaching out to personal shoppers and tailors to help you find the best fit 

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-211-putting-together-a-capsule-wardrobe-as-a-law-student/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 02 2019

35mins

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210: Using Mindfulness Practices as a Law Student

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing how mindfulness practices can positively influence your brain and help you perform at your best by combating procrastination, worry, anxiety, anger, and sleep issues.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Alison and Lee were introduced to mindfulness practices
  • How paying attention to the good things that happen to you, instead of the bad ones, can really turn your day around
  • Some of the different types of meditation you could try
  • Using body scans to release stress
  • How yoga could contribute to your well-being
  • Why tactical breathing is used in the military and how it could benefit you
  • The fact that mindfulness doesn't have to be a huge commitment, but could make a big difference in how you feel

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Episode-210-Using-Mindfulness-Practices-as-a-Law-Student.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Aug 26 2019

33mins

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209: Job Hunting in a City Where You're Not in Law School

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're here with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to discuss the ins and outs of job searches involving moving to another city from where you attend (or attended) law school.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is it a challenge to get a job in a different city, even if you attended a school that claims to be national?
  • Thinking about the questions recruiters will ask, and having a plausible explanation for wanting to move
  • Trying to get a summer job in the place where you want to end up, starting after 1L year
  • How to make the most out of your summer job position
  • Taking the local bar exam in the new place as soon as possible
  • Sadie's answers to some additional questions we've gotten on this topic, which you might have as well

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-209-job-hunting-in-a-city-where-youre-not-in-law-school/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Aug 19 2019

31mins

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208: Using Technology Effectively in Law School

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about choosing the right hardware and software tools to streamline your life and keep you organized in law school.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Do you really need to upgrade your devices before starting law school?
  • Is the iPad Pro a legitimate replacement for a laptop?
  • Checking with your school and any stores you are buying from for possible student discounts offered
  • Different types of software you can use to organize your life
  • Ways to limit the use of your devices to minimize distractions

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-208-using-technology-effectively-in-law-school/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Aug 12 2019

31mins

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207: Navigating Networking Events as a Law Student

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about networking nuts and bolts – what you need to know to feel comfortable mingling with strangers at cocktail parties, formal dinners, and more.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why lots of people find it intimidating to go to a networking cocktail party
  • The best ways to enter and leave a group conversation gracefully
  • How to handle your food/drink and still be able to shake hands or give out business cards
  • How to find people to talk to if you're not naturally extroverted
  • Good and bad topics to talk about
  • Dinner table basics for the more formal events
  • Following up with people you've met at the event

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-207-navigating-networking-events-as-a-law-student/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Aug 05 2019

32mins

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206: The Most Surprising Things About 1L Year

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing some unexpected things we experienced when we started as 1Ls, so you can adjust to law school culture faster.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How the volume of activities and the importance of grades can be overwhelming at first
  • Why it could take some time to find people that you click with
  • The reality of having to figure most stuff out on your own
  • Schedules being less flexible than you might be used to
  • The importance of thinking about summer jobs early
  • Bringing out your inner entitled self and feeling confident you deserve your place in law school as much as anybody else

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-206-the-most-surprising-things-about-1l-year/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 29 2019

27mins

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205: Navigating Interviews as a Non-Traditional Law Student

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're chatting with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to get some interview tips for non-traditional law students who are trying to start a legal career.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Who is a non-traditional law student?
  • What kinds of challenges non-traditional students may face when trying to start a career in law
  • The importance of having a coherent story and explaining the value of your background 
  • How to handle inappropriate/illegal questions about family status, age, etc. that might be asked during an interview
  • Understanding the expectations of the job and making clear you are eager to do them, even if you have to start with entry-level tasks
  • The advantages of non-traditional students that employers see

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-205-navigating-interviews-as-a-non-traditional-law-student/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 22 2019

30mins

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