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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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200th episode is amazing!!

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This entire podcast is so necessary and has such great content! I usually tend to leave a quick star rating on something I like, but the 200th episode made me have to put it down in writing! I think the content is so important for anyone at any stage of this process and so reaffirming for anyone already incorporating or exploring these topics and skills in their “toolbox” for life. Absolutely worth a subscribe and listen.

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225 Ratings
Average Ratings
186
19
2
8
10

Loves!!thanksfortheAwesomeness!!

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Hugs. AmericanCanadianBecameBuddist?!thatsfunny.somehow! IcommentHerelikeLivestreamSometimes!thatmeansyourPodcastisgoodToo!likes!

200th episode is amazing!!

By Ness123456789$$ - Jun 13 2019
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This entire podcast is so necessary and has such great content! I usually tend to leave a quick star rating on something I like, but the 200th episode made me have to put it down in writing! I think the content is so important for anyone at any stage of this process and so reaffirming for anyone already incorporating or exploring these topics and skills in their “toolbox” for life. Absolutely worth a subscribe and listen.
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The Law School Toolbox Podcast: Tools for Law Students from 1L to the Bar Exam, and Beyond

Updated 13 days ago

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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!

Rank #1: 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
27 mins
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Rank #2: 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
36 mins
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Rank #3: 114: Law School Networking 101

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Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today we are talking about a topic every law student needs to think about – Networking! Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, this episode is for you. Networking is a “bad word” for some folks and can even cause anxiety. You may dread having to get dressed up and go to a networking event to meet new people, but in this job market, legal networking is critically important. So, we want to help you change your perspective! Networking isn’t all about stuffy functions where everyone is wearing suits and making awkward small talk. Actually, networking doesn’t even have to be done in person.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The story of how the Law School Toolbox was born from social media networking
  • What is networking? Why network?
  • Reframing networking as community building
  • How to network: From formal events to volunteer activities, and everything in between
  • Networking mistakes to avoid – be professional!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Episode-114-Networking-101.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 11 2017
45 mins
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Rank #4: 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
41 mins
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Rank #5: 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
44 mins
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Rank #6: 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
32 mins
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Rank #7: 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
40 mins
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Rank #8: 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
41 mins
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Rank #9: 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
37 mins
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Rank #10: 089: The Leap from Undergrad to Law School (with Keri Clapp)

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Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Keri Clapp, professor and tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox, about important considerations to keep in mind as you make the transition from undergrad to law school. Keri, who teaches at both the undergraduate and law school level, offers her unique perspective to help us bring to light the key differences so you know what’s in store.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Differences between undergrad and law school teaching methods, course materials, and study habits
  • How struggling with the material is normal and part of the learning process
  • What it means to “think like a lawyer”
  • Overcoming the initial resistance to, and awkwardness of, legal writing
  • Understanding social and lifestyle differences
  • Informational interviews and other ways to get a taste for what it’s really like to be a law student and a lawyer before you take the plunge
  • The importance of knowing yourself and your learning style

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). 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

Mar 20 2017
43 mins
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Rank #11: 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
47 mins
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Rank #12: 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
37 mins
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Rank #13: 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
34 mins
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Rank #14: 095: Top 1L Questions: Time and LIfe Management

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Welcome back! Today we’re talking about a perennial 1L problem area: organizing your time and your life so you can get everything done in law school and still be a somewhat normal human being. Law school requires a lot of time, but so do other important areas of your life. Find out how to fit everything in without having a breakdown!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The law school obligations that need to find a place in your schedule
  • Non-academic activities that you might consider scheduling as well
  • Time-saving strategies for handling mundane, but necessary, errands
  • Making productive use of study breaks during off-peak hours of the day
  • The importance of sleep and concentrated focus (vs. multitasking)
  • Maintaining open, honest communication with the other people in your life about your law school time demands
  • Various apps and tools to help you gain control over your time and stick to your schedule

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode_95_-_Top_Incoming_1L_Questions_Time_Management-1.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

May 01 2017
40 mins
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Rank #15: 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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #16: 198: Pre-1L Life Logistics

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about ways to minimize the hassle of moving and handling other life logistics as you get ready to start law school.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Different (safe) housing and transit options if you have to relocate
  • Planning ahead for the move 
  • How and when to notify a current job that you're leaving
  • Setting up the utilities in your new home
  • Cheaper food options that are still a great choice
  • Why you don't have to give up things important to your lifestyle, such as exercise or a religious space 
  • What do you need for a comfortable living space?

Resources:

Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-198-pre-1l-life-logistics/)

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

May 27 2019
36 mins
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Rank #17: 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
44 mins
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Rank #18: 033: Our Top 10 Tips for Law School Success!

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Happy 4th birthday to the Law School Toolbox! After reflecting on what we've learned from working with hundreds of law students over the past four years, we've compiled our top 10 tips to help you be a successful and happy law student. Enjoy!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison's favorite posts and advice from the past four years
  • Why mindset matters so much in law school
  • How to receive and use feedback to grow as a law student
  • Why law school is a "learned" skill
  • Why you should think about your law career from day one
  • Why being able (and willing) to hustle is so important
  • The biggest stress point for law students
  • Why practice is so important
  • How to prepare for the bar exam through law school, instead of at the last minute
  • How, where, and when to get help in law school
  • Why you might want to create your own definition of success
  • Tips on how to take care of yourself in law school and why it's so important

Thanks for listening, and we're looking forward to many more great years ahead!

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 15 2016
43 mins
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Rank #19: 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
41 mins
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Rank #20: 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
38 mins
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