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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: December, 2015
Dec 21, 2015

The fact that you are a 1L or 2L doesn't mean that you can't be thinking ahead to bar exam preparation. And if you're a 3L, you definitely need to be planning for the bar! It's important to keep bar prep on your radar throughout law school, so you will be ready when the big day arrives. Here are some tips for preparing successfully, whatever year you are!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The biggest mistake that law students make when thinking about bar exam preparation
  • Handling the bar exam "culture of fear"
  • Preparing for the bar exam as a 3L
  • Getting the most for your money with bar prep
  • Tips for selecting a bar review provider
  • Understanding what bar prep options are offered at your school
  • The courses we took and didn't take that could have helped with the bar exam
  • What you need to do ahead of time (bar admission paperwork, accommodations, saving money)
  • Bar preparation for 1Ls: What you should and should not do your first year
  • Taking the MPRE
  • How to work on your study skills now so you will be prepared for the bar exam

Good luck on the bar!

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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

Dec 14, 2015

Although it seems like it should be common sense, you'd be surprised by how many law students struggle with professionalism when they arrive at their first law job. This may be because many law students have limited work experience or have only been exposed to more casual work environments in the past. Now is the time to make a good first impression at your legal job and we have some advice to help you out!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What does being a professional even mean? 
  • What your job really is as a new lawyer or legal intern
  • Why to check any sense of entitlement
  • What it's like to work in different settings
  • How and why to dress professionally
  • Professional communication (in-person and email)
  • Perception and why it's important
  • Alison and Lee's stories from the trenches!

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

Dec 7, 2015

Although it's only December, today we're looking ahead to the summer. If you're a 1L, you're probably thinking about how (and where) you are going to find a summer job. We know a lot of you may be stressing out about this so we've got some useful tips and information about the basics of a 1L job search. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Does it matter what you do after your 1L year of law school? 
  • What kind of job can you realistically expect to get? 
  • The importance of getting a job doing something "legal"
  • Different types of summer jobs you can apply to (judicial externships, firm jobs, government, academia, international work)
  • Using your personal or family network to find opportunities
  • How to find opportunities through your school
  • What you can expect to earn
  • Most important factors when deciding on a summer job
  • How to find out what an organization is looking for
  • What to do if you don't find a paid job
  • How to secure funding for summer jobs
  • The importance of Job Fairs

Good luck in your job hunt!

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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