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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: November, 2015
Nov 30, 2015

Are exams looming on the horizon? In today's episode, we're dishing out some law school exam day tips. You probably have been preparing intensively for the last few weeks for exams, but have you prepared for the day of the exam? Athletes prepare for the day of the big game and so should you! Check out our tips for exam day success. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Getting ready for the day of the exam in law school
  • The importance of self-care during exam prep
  • How to tell if you are burnt out
  • Sorting out any testing accommodations
  • How to be at your best on game day
  • Being prepared for obstacles you may face on the big day
  • What you should bring with you to the exam (Alison and Lee have very different ideas on this one!)
  • Time management during the exam
  • How to handle anxiety during the exam
  • How to adjust your strategy for take home exams
  • Decompressing between exams

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! 

Best of luck on your exams! 

Alison & Lee

Nov 23, 2015

In today's episode, we're doing things a bit differently. We've talked about how to study for a law exam, but today we are going to take an exam with you. Well, not actually TAKE it with you, but we're going over a real question to show you exactly how we'd approach an exam hypo, from start to finish. 

Before listening to this episode, be sure to download the documents in the resources so you can follow along. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Our step-by-step attack plan
  • How we organize the information in the hypo
  • What we're looking for when we read the question
  • How to figure out the key legal issues and critical facts
  • How to generally approach exam hypos
  • Tying the facts to the law
  • Creating a scratch paper outline
  • Putting it all together and writing your exam answer

Resources:

Here are the materials you'll need, if you want to follow along:

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! 

Best of luck on your exams! 

Alison & Lee

Nov 16, 2015

In law school, you spend a lot of time preparing for exams. What most students don't spend time much on is putting yourself in your professor's shoes and focusing on what he or she is looking for in an exam answer. That's what this episode is about! Your goal should be to write a clean, well-organized, and thoughtful exam to give yourself an edge over your frazzled, disorganized classmates. We'll show you how.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What grading exams is really like for your professor
  • What your professor is looking for in an exam answer and how you use this information to present them with the best possible answer
  • The importance of mastering not only the law but being also able to apply it
  • What your professor is NOT looking for 
  • Ways to frustrate and annoy your professor

Remember, when you're writing your exam answers, don't forget to put yourself in the professor's shoes. After all, that's who's giving you a grade.

Best of luck on your exams! 

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

Nov 9, 2015

When you're counting the time to your first exam in weeks, rather than months, lots of law students start to panic. While we don’t suggest panicking, some concern is warranted! Time is going to go quickly, and you want to be sure you’re using it wisely in the last month or so until exams start.

If you've got law school exams coming up, tune in!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Time management during law school exam prep
  • Why you need to make a study calendar NOW!
  • How should you handle Thanksgiving? 
  • How to effectively use feedback you have received
  • Triage methods when you have too much to do
  • Ways to reduce stress and stay healthy
  • Evaluating your current study methods so you know what's working (and making changes when you need to)

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! And good luck on your exams!

Alison & Lee

Nov 2, 2015

Not all law school exams are created equal. Different schools will use different types of exams and your professors can do whatever they want!

In order to succeed, whether you're facing open-book, closed-book, multiple-choice, or take-home exams, it's critical t to practice, to be resourceful, and to use tools and resources that are geared to your specific type of exam. 

Don't stress out about what type of exams you're facing! Tune in for our advice on the best strategy for every type of law school exam. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • The different types of law school exams - open book, closed book, multiple choice, and take homes
  • What is the easiest type of law school exam? The hardest?
  • Our personal experience with the different exam types
  • The most common type of exams you will see in law school
  • What resources are most helpful for the different exam types
  • Study strategies for each type of exam
  • The unique challenges you may face with each type of exam
  • Is it okay to ask your professor for help? 
  • The importance of planning before you write!

Remember - practice makes perfect! Prepare early for your exams and you will be successful.

Best of luck on your exams! Whatever type they happen to be...

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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