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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: January, 2016
Jan 25, 2016

Today we are joined by Kipp Mueller, Columbia Law grad and the co-founder and CEO of SketchyLaw, an online education company which teaches legal rules using visual learning. He and Lee talk about how visual learning can help law students and the science behind it. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is visual learning? 
  • How visual learning tools can benefit you in law school
  • The science behind visual learning
  • How SketchyLaw works 
  • What memory palaces are and how you can use them as a memorization tool
  • Can everyone benefit from visual learning?
  • The importance of trying different study aids and tools
  • How SketchyLaw came about and the benefits for law students
  • Lessons learned by Kip's law school experience and his entrepreneurial path

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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

Jan 18, 2016

One of the biggest challenges law students face is how to handle pressure. Whether it's day-to day-stress or test anxiety, pressure and stress can be overwhelming, especially in law school. Today we have the New York Times bestselling author of "Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most" and renowned pressure expert, Dr. Hank Weisinger, here to talk about handling the pressure of law school. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr Weisinger talks about how he became an expert on pressure
  • Why pressure is such an issue for law student
  • Why thinking about grades can be to blame for your stress
  • "Worry thoughts" and how you can ignore them
  • How to stop "catastrophizing"
  • What is the difference between pressure and stress?
  • Strategies for handling pressure and thriving under pressure
  • What happens in law school to make students lose their coping skills
  • Solutions for easing the pressure
  • Tips for handling test anxiety
  • Dr Weisinger's book and other resources for handling pressure
  • Whether students who experience a lot of stress and anxiety should just skip law school and find a different career

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

 

Jan 11, 2016

Chances are, you've received at least some of your first semester law school grades by now. We hope you're jumping for joy, but the reality is that most students didn't do as well as they hoped. Don't panic - this isn't the end of your legal career. You have plenty of time to turn things around. The important thing is to stay focused, learn from your mistakes, and put a plan in place for success next time around. It is possible!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison's personal experience with first semester grades
  • What you need to understand about the curve
  • Why do people get so stressed out about law school grades? 
  • Steps to take after you get your grades
  • Why it's OK to be disappointed
  • How to evaluate your study process
  • Why outlining is an important tool in studying for exams
  • The importance of getting feedback
  • Time management tips
  • How to explain bad grades during interviews

Good luck! If you'd like our help figuring out how to improve your grades second semester, just let us know on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact).

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

Resources:

Law School Tutoring: http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/

Jan 4, 2016

Are you interviewing for a legal job? Whether you are interviewing for your first summer job, or one that will (hopefully) be more permanent, we have tips for many different types of interviews and situations. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What universal traits are most interviewers looking for? 
  • What traits are red flags for interviewers?
  • How to dress for your interview
  • Tailoring your approach for different work settings
  • What you should bring, and not bring, with you to the interview
  • What not to do during your interview
  • The importance of asking questions during the interview
  • Tips for specific types of jobs (clerkships, law firms, government, etc.)

Good luck with your interview!

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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