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

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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Now displaying: October, 2015
Oct 26, 2015

Whether you are in your first or final year of law school, you should be using supplements. Although they can't do the work for you, commercial supplements can provide valuable insight and help fill the gaps in your understanding. Supplements can provide a roadmap for the topic you're studying, fill in missing details, and - in some cases - provide a more direct explanation of what you're discussing in class.

Want to find out more about what supplements can do for you and how can you use them effectively? Listen in!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What supplements are
  • How supplements can help
  • Different types of law school supplements you can use 
  • Lee and Alison's favorite supplements
  • How to know what information in the supplement you should use (and shouldn't)
  • Should you read a supplement before class or after class?
  • How to avoid information overload
  • How supplements can work with your outlining
  • Using supplements with practice exams
  • Finding the right supplements for your course

Supplements can be a valuable tool for law school success. The key is to use them to complement your reading, lectures and study - and not in place of those methods.  

Best of luck!

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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

Oct 19, 2015

Are you struggling with certain things in law school? We have all been there. When you need help, it's critical to find the "right" resources to help you (and won't make you need even more help!). If you're not sure who to turn to for help, or what resources are available, tune in.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Is it okay to ask for help in law school?
  • How to approach professors so that they're willing to help you
  • Should you go to your TA for help? 
  • How to use academic support services
  • Why you should proceed with caution when asking for help from peers
  • What books and substantive materials are useful
  • What type of help is out there for students with learning disabilities
  • Valuable resources on the internet
  • How private tutors can get you prepared for success and help you with problems you encounter

Don't be afraid to ask for help in law school! The key is to try to solve the problem yourself first and formulate specific questions to ask. The better your questions, the better the help you will receive. Most of all, don't give up! 

Best of luck!

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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

 

Oct 12, 2015

Studying in law school is not one-size fits all. Each student learns in a different way. The key is to recognize the type of learner you are and use that information to optimize your study style - for YOU. 

In this episode we talk bout:

  • The three main types of learning styles - Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic
  • Whether learning styles even exist
  • How to figure out your learning preferences you are
  • Specific techniques for each learning style in law school
  • How to outline and what type of learner should (and shouldn't) utilize outlining
  • Why you should probably handwrite your outlines
  • The basics of attack plans, and why they're important (for everyone!)
  • Using checklists vs. roadmaps for your attack plans
  • Flowcharts, Flashcards, and Mnemonics and who can benefit from them

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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

Oct 6, 2015

October is the time in law school where reality begins to set in. Whether you had a tough exam or are struggling with outlining, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed and defeated. You may be exhausted, burnt out, and wondering how you are going to prepare for exams or even what you're doing in law school in the first place. The good news is most law students go through this.

Don't flip out! Take our advice to get through the October Freakout so you can have a productive rest of the semester.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Taking stock of where you are and where you should be
  • How and where to get help if you are struggling
  • What happens if you still feel completely lost in class? 
  • How long you should be spending on deep thinking tasks (outlining, reviewing concepts and practicing) versus other work
  • How to know if your outlines are working for you
  • Balancing extra-curricular activities and class work
  • How to avoid having Legal Writing take over your life
  • Getting things in order to set yourself up for success
  • How to set goals that work

Don't let the October Freakout destroy your law school motivation. Stay strong, and you will get through it! 

Best of luck!

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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

Oct 1, 2015

We will be honest with you, disasters in law school are inevitable. It's not a question of "if" disasters will happen, but "when." That's why it's crucial to be as prepared as possible to avoid total chaos when bad things happen. Law school is stressful enough without suffering through a total academic or life meltdown!

Alison and Lee share some of their own personal disasters in law school and other situations that you may encounter. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • What is the #1 problem that affects law school students? 
  • How and why to backup your computer files (seriously, just do it!)
  • Ways to prevent and handle exam disasters
  • How to prepare for the inevitable life meltdowns
  • How to prepare your computer for exams
  • How to overcome test anxiety
  • How to rebound from a law school disaster
  • Why it's important to build community

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

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