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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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Dec 19, 2016

Welcome back! Today we’re talking about how to get great letters of recommendation, whether you need them to apply to law school, get a job or clerkship, or for some other purpose as a law student.

Fundamentally, there are two issues at play here. First, who should you ask to write your letters? How can you ensure they're actually enthusiastic? And, two, what information do your letter writers need to do the best possible job for you? After this episode, you'll be able to pinpoint the best people to help you, and ensure they write you stellar letters of recommendation! So let's get started.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Who should you ask for a letter of recommendation? 
  • What makes someone a good recommender?
  • How can you tell if they're the right person for your needs?
  • What you're looking for in a good letter of recommendation
  • Lee and Alison share their letter of recommendation experiences, as students and as recommenders
  • What types of letters of recommendation should you get for law school, legal employment, clerkships, internships, etc.?
  • How to ask someone for a letter of recommendation
  • How to ensure the recommendation actually gets done
  • What do you need to give someone so they can complete the letter?
  • What should you do if the recommender asks you to write the letter yourself?

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! Good luck with getting those recommendations!

Alison & Lee

Dec 12, 2016

Welcome back! Today, as finals wind down, we're talking about what you can do over winter break to improve your law school (and legal career) experience. Don't worry, a lot of it is fun! Not just more work - you've done enough for now. Winter break is a time to recuperate, but we do have a few suggestions!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Alison and Lee share their winter break experiences
  • The importance of relaxation after finals
  • Why you may need to reconnect with loved ones
  • The value of investing in your community and doing volunteer work
  • Reinvigorating your passion for law school
  • Things you can do to work on your soft skills while you are off from school
  • Getting ahead on your job search
  • How to handle less than desirable final grades

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! Have a nice, relaxing break!

Alison & Lee

Dec 5, 2016

Welcome back! Today, we’re excited to have attorney and author Lainey Feingold here with us. She is a long-time disability rights lawyer and developed a technique called Structured Negotiation that is the subject of her book, "Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits," which was recently published by the ABA. Structure Negotiation has been used with well-known organizations including major banks, Walmart, the city of San Francisco, and Major League Baseball to address accessibility issues in physical and virtual environments, outside of court.

If you're interested in learning more this new alternative dispute resolution approach or want to craft a non-traditional legal path, tune in. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is Structured Negotiation?
  • How is it different from other alternative dispute resolution techniques?
  • Personality traits and skills that are useful in Structured Negotiation
  • Lainey's path to becoming a disability rights attorney
  • The importance of resilience in a legal career
  • Advice for law students interested in an alternative legal practice
  • Advice on starting a small firm or solo practice
  • Resources that can help when pursuing this type of career
  • How you can learn more about Structured Negotiation

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

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 21, 2016

Welcome back! Today we're talking about a difficult reality – what happens when you don’t pass the bar exam. Ariel Salzer, one of our bar exam tutors, is here with Lee to share some advice.

If you got disappointing bar exam news, we have helpful tips in this podcast to help you regroup and get ready to pass next time. If you're in law school now, you can also find some useful information on how to be as prepared as possible so, hopefully, you only have to take the bar exam once. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What should you do when you get bad news?
  • Does anyone really care if you failed (other than you)?
  • How to analyze what went wrong
  • Strategies for self-reflection
  • Why it's important to feel bad and take some time and space to be upset
  • Creating your bar prep mission statement
  • How to make sure you aren't setting yourself up for the same mistakes on your next attempt
  • How to hold yourself accountable during the bar study period
  • Avoiding self-sabotage
  • How to tell people you failed
  • Do you need accommodations and how to seek them?
  • Should you take the next bar exam or wait?
  • How to take a more active role in the correction, review, and rewrite process

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! And good luck on the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

Nov 14, 2016

Welcome back! Today we're talking with Dr. Jared Maloff, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, California, about helping students get testing accommodations for tests such as the LSAT, law school exams, and the California Bar Exam (to name a few).

If you're struggling in law school or with the bar exam or know that you have a learning disorder, listen in to find out what accommodations are available, and now to request them.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The different accommodations available for different tests (LSAT, Bar Exam, Law School Exams)
  • The types of tests used for diagnosing learning disorders and disabilities
  • How are these tests evaluated?
  • What are the common diagnoses that lead to accommodations?
  • What type of accommodations are available to students to level the playing field?
  • Reasons why students don't want to get tested
  • How to identify if you are struggling with a learning disorder
  • The biggest mistakes students make in the accommodations process
  • Where do you need to go to get evaluated?
  • The costs associated with accommodations
  • Coping mechanisms for common problems
  • The importance of being proactive about seeking accommodations

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 7, 2016

Welcome back. Today we’re talking about the soft skills you need to develop to be a successful attorney.

It shouldn’t be shocking to learn that law school doesn’t totally prepare you to be a successful lawyer. Sure, you learn useful skills like legal writing and legal analysis, but building a practice (and a book of business) requires other skills. Some law schools are getting better at offering opportunities for students to gain these skills, but ultimately it's up to you to make sure you're fully ready to practice.

Tune in to find out which soft skills are important and how to develop them. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The types of soft skills that tend to make you a successful attorney, regardless of your practice area
  • Why lawyers need to understand how business works (even in public interest organizations)
  • How to work on your business skills
  • How to deal with clients
  • Developing an elevator pitch
  • Tips for public speaking
  • How to communicate effectively with others in the legal workplace
  • Using law school to build these skills
  • Why technological literacy matters to attorneys
  • The value of knowing another language
  • Why you should work on your leadership skills
  • Should you include these soft skills on your resume? 

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

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 24, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today Lee is leading a panel discussion about what it takes to succeed as a 21st-Century lawyer. In this discussion, we dive into the characteristics of successful lawyers in today's legal workplace and talk about how to gain those skills and traits while still in law school.

Many thanks to Thomson Reuters, the sponsor for this episode. You likely interact with their products every day when you're using useful tools such as WestLaw, TWEN, and Practical Law. Thomson Reuters brings you tools and insights to help you perform your best now and when you go pro as a practicing attorney. You can visit them at lawschool.westlaw.com. We appreciate their support!

We would also like to thank the following panelists for participating in the discussion: 

Katie Walter, Marketing Director for Law School Business, Thomson Reuters

Chris Mammen, Lecturer, UC Hastings College of Law; Partner, Hogan Lovells

Diane Downs,  Director of Attorney Recruiting at Morrison and Foerster LLP

Dave Maurer, Managing Director/Office Leader for San Francisco, Major, Lindsay & Africa

In this episode we discuss:

  • What do law firms want in a candidate?
  • How to present yourself in a hiring situation
  • 4 characteristics that are important in a 21st-Century lawyer
  • Curiosity and why it's important as a law student and young lawyer
  • Mastering a class vs. getting a good grade
  • How to distinguish yourself from other candidates
  • The importance of mastering your craft
  • Why you need to be a good legal writer 
  • How to improve as a writer
  • Mentorship in the legal and law school setting
  • Taking advantage of the resources available to you in law school
  • The importance of feedback 
  • Ways law students who came directly from undergrad can gain valuable workplace experience
  • The importance of building a network as a law student 

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! And thanks again to Thomson Reuters for sponsoring this episode!

Alison & Lee

 

Oct 17, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Almost every 1L in the country will take some sort of legal research and writing class. Today, we're discussing the top ten LRW disasters we see again and again, so you can avoid them!

Many thanks to Thomson Reuters, the sponsor for this episode. You likely interact with their products every day when you're using useful tools such as WestLaw, TWEN, and Practical Law. Thomson Reuters brings you tools and insights to help you perform your best now and when you go pro as a practicing attorney. You can visit them at lawschool.westlaw.com. We appreciate their support!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The top ten legal research and writing problems you're likely to face as a law student
  • The importance of planning for the worst
  • Why and how to back up your computer
  • How to manage your LRW time effectively 
  • Why you should have a plan and a schedule for every LRW assignment
  • How to be sure you're clear on what you're being asked to do for each LRW assignment
  • Tools for outlining and organizing information
  • The importance of citations and how to be sure you're doing them correctly
  • Finding help when you need it

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! Good luck on your LRW assignments! And thanks again to Thomson Reuters for sponsoring this episode.

Alison & Lee

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Oct 10, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're running through your mid-semester to-do list to ensure you're where you need to be before it's too late.

Mid-semester is the time when reality sets in for most law students. Whatever is going on - midterms, sniffles, boredom - it's time to focus on the end goal and get serious about preparation. Here's what you need to be doing, now.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How you should handle the next 7-8 weeks
  • The importance of deep work in the second half of the semester
  • Setting up your study calendar
  • Getting ready for finals
  • Ways of tracking your time if you're not sure how it's slipping away
  • Searching for a summer job as a 1L (you can start Dec. 1)
  • Avoiding distractions and battling procrastination
  • How to do a self check-in
  • Where to go for help
  • Stress management techniques and staying healthy
  • How to manage your personal relationships, especially around the holidays and exams

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! Good luck the rest of the semester!

Alison & Lee

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Oct 3, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're talking about how to have a successful law school internship or externship experience. For most law students, these jobs are their first experiences in the legal workplace (or maybe in any professional workplace). Be sure you're behaving like a responsible professional, and you'll set yourself up for success in any internship or externship!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What's the difference between an internship and an externship?
  • Different types of internships or externships, and how the expectations vary
  • What should you do (and not do) in a legal workplace?
  • How to be a professional
  • What do people really expect of you?
  • Practical tips for day-to-day scenarios (meetings, phone calls, email, etc.)
  • How to get along with others in the workplace
  • Defining your goals for this experience
  • Traits you should develop to succeed as a lawyer

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! Good luck in your internships and externships!

Alison & Lee

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Sep 26, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're talking about making outlines and other study aids, which are important in helping you make sense of everything you're learning in law school. This episode is based on a question we got from a 1L listener, so don't be shy about reaching out with your own questions! Contact details are below.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is an outline and what is its purpose?
  • Do you really have to make an outline, or are there other viable options?
  • How should you start outlining?
  • What materials you need to start outlining
  • What you should include in your outline
  • The importance of testing your outline
  • How you can get help if you are having problems outlining
  • Common outlining issues we see repeatedly
  • How to handle cases in your study aids

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! Good luck with those outlines.

Alison & Lee

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Sep 19, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we’re talking about grit - that quality that lets you get back up and carry on after you've been knocked down. And, every law student is probably going to get knocked down a time or two!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is grit important in law school? 
  • The harsh realities of law school
  • Why just being "smart" isn't enough any longer
  • Situations where you will need grit in law school
  • How will you handle the bumps in the road when they come? Do you have a plan?
  • Alison and Lee share stories of needing grit in law school
  • How mindfulness can be helpful in tough situations 
  • Whether grit can be cultivated
  • Activities that can help build your "grit"
  • The five characteristics of grit

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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Sep 12, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking about something lots of law students deal with - self-sabotaging behavior. If you start your day with the best of intentions, but get nothing done by the time it's over, tune in! You're definitely not alone.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is this such an important topic in law school?
  • What do we mean by self-sabotage?
  • Common ways to self-sabotage as a law student
  • How to balance life and law school 
  • Ways to fight procrastination
  • What are you really responsible for in law school?
  • How to create a study schedule and stick to it 
  • Other methods to create accountability and manage your time
  • Do you need an accountability partner? 
  • How to spot self-sabotaging behavior in yourself and redirect it

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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Sep 5, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking about the Socratic Method and law school classes more generally. If you're intimidated by class, tune in for tips on surviving (even if you're unprepared).

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the Socratic Method?
  • Why do law professors use the Socratic Method?
  • Why you shouldn't be afraid of law school class discussions
  • The importance of doing your reading and being prepared for class
  • What should you do if you didn't do the reading?
  • What you can do to make class more bearable
  • What you should and shouldn't be writing down in class
  • How to avoid being called on

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! Good luck in class!

Alison & Lee

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Aug 29, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about what 2Ls and 3Ls need to be thinking about as they get into the swing of the later years of law school. If you want to make the most of your final years of law school, stay tuned.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to figure out where you went wrong your first year of school 
  • Tips on how to raise your GPA
  • The importance of getting feedback
  • Should you be taking bar electives? Which ones? When?
  • Do you know your graduation requirements?
  • Understanding your career goals and how to work toward them in law school
  • How to network in law school 
  • How much should you worry about the bar exam now? 
  • Setting yourself up for success in your legal career

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

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 15, 2016

Welcome back! Today we're talking about something that comes up for a lot of new and seasoned law students - being lonely or feeling isolated in law school. 

Your law school campus is filled with people, so how could anyone feel lonely? You may be surprised that it's a common feeling in law school. These feelings can be problematic, because they can affect your happiness and productivity and can lead you down the path to more serious mental health issues.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison talk about their own experiences with loneliness in law school
  • Ways to handle the move to a new city
  • Getting along with varied personalities in law school
  • How to meet people if you are an introvert
  • Strategies for finding a community outside of law school
  • What can you do to feel less isolated and alone?
  • How to stay connected to your support network
  • Handling the inevitable ups and downs of law school
  • The importance of getting help when you need it

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 8, 2016

Welcome back! Today we're talking about doing good works with Adrian Tirtanadi, founder of Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal, a non-profit legal startup in San Francisco. This is a great episode for anyone who is interested in how access to legal services can change a community and for everyone interested in entrepreneurial non-profit or public interest law.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Adrian started Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal
  • A day in the life of a non-profit
  • Advice for those seeking a path of social entrepreneurship
  • How to get involved in non-profit
  • What NOT to do in your cover letter and resume if you are seeking a job or internship at a non-profit organization
  • The skills you need to succeed as a social entrepreneur
  • What Adrian would have done differently 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! And give some money to Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal, because they're a great organization.

Alison & Lee

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Aug 1, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today, we’re talking about law school Orientation. If you’re getting ready to start law school, tune in!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What happens at Orientation?
  • Do you even have to go to Orientation? 
  • Lee and Alison share their Orientation experiences (including a city-wide blackout!)
  • What should you aim to get out of Orientation?
  • How to deal with different personality types
  • How to adjust to being back in school after a professional job
  • Surviving Orientation if you are an introvert
  • Why you need an elevator pitch
  • Who do you go to with post-Orientation questions?

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! Good luck in law school!

Alison & Lee

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Jul 25, 2016

Welcome back. Today, we’re talking about how to study smart in law school so you can stay on top of your workload and do as well as possible academically, without undue stress and strain. 

We talk to a lot of incoming 1Ls, and one of the questions we hear over and over is how to handle the huge workload in law school. It can be incredibly intimidating to start law school, especially if you have never had a job that required you to work a lot of hours on an ongoing basis. So, what can you do to keep things under control? 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Challenges that undergrads can face if they go straight to law school 
  • How working prepares you for law school
  • Lee and Alison share how coming from the workforce helped them in law school
  • Managing the expectations of family and friends as you start law school
  • How to structure your time and get rid of distractions
  • How much time should certain tasks take (reading, class prep, deep thinking tasks, etc.)
  • The importance of creating a study calendar
  • Practical techniques for managing your time productively
  • How to stay accountable in law school 
  • Managing your life outside of law school (kids, significant others, emergencies, etc.)

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! Good luck in law school!

Alison & Lee

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Jul 18, 2016

Today we’re talking about BigLaw OCI, or on-campus interviewing. This is the annual rite of passage where thousands of law students try to secure BigLaw summer associate positions for the next summer. In this episode, we talk at a high level about all of the aspects of OCI, and you can listen to our earlier OCI episodes for a deeper dive into the specifics of callbacks and initial interviews.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How does OCI work, in general? 
  • How different schools handle bidding
  • How do you know what firms to bid on? 
  • How many interviews should you do?
  • What are the interviewers looking for?
  • The callback process
  • How to decide which offer to accept
  • Why you should understand the NALP rules

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! Good luck in the job hunt.

Alison & Lee

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Jul 11, 2016

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking about how to evaluate your summer legal job experience, and how to make sure you leave on good terms. As your summer law job is drawing to a close, here are some ways to ensure you learn as much as you can from the experience.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What you need to be thinking about as your summer job comes to a close
  • Handling summer evaluations
  • Are there experiences you still want to have at this job?
  • Lee and Alison share their summer job experiences
  • Evaluating if this type of law or firm is right for you
  • The importance of references from your summer job 
  • What type of feedback are you getting, if any?
  • What can you take away from this job?
  • Is it OK to reach out after you have left and gone back to school?
  • How to leave gracefully and without burning any bridges

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

Jul 4, 2016

Welcome back! Today we’re discussing the role of the oral arguments and Moot Court in legal education, with special guest Megan Canty. Megan is a law school tutor with the Law School Toolbox and she is also Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Preparation at Wayne State University Law School.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The role of legal arguments in a law school setting
  • How oral arguments are useful for exams and practice
  • The difference between thinking like a lawyer and communicating like one
  • Lee and Megan's advice for students intimidated by oral arguments
  • How to figure out what facts matter, and which don't 
  • The basics of Moot Court 
  • What will distinguish you from the rest of the class in oral arguments
  • How Moot Court competitions work
  • Why honing your oral argument skills are important, even if you never practice appellate law 

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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