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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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Feb 29, 2016

Welcome back! Today we are discussing extracurricular activities in law school. You may be tempted to focus exclusively on studying and maintaining your grades, but extracurricular activities can help break up the monotony of law school and bolster your resume for the future. Do too many, however, and you might flunk out! As with many things, balance is key for a successful law school experience. This episode explores what's available, and offers suggestion on where to most productively spend your time.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The most common law school extracurricular activities which might be worth your time
  • Ways to make less than stellar grades look more impressive
  • Whether you should join Law Review or a different law journal
  • The ins and outs of moot court
  • Different types of competitions that might be of interest
  • Clubs, Community Involvement, and Other School-Related and non-School-Related Activities
  • Lee and Alison share their thinking about which extracurriculars they opted to do in law school 

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Feb 22, 2016

Welcome back! Today we are going to be talking about one of the most important decisions you will make as a lawyer - which law school to go to. If you are a pre-law struggling with your decision, we've got tips on how to critically evaluate your choices to make the best decision for you. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to dig into the law school data to make an informed decision on which law school to attend
  • What do law school rankings really mean? 
  • Being thoughtful about the opportunities you want and location you want to be in
  • Why Lee and Alison chose the schools they did
  • The importance of spending time on campus, meeting professors, and questioning students and recent graduates
  • Managing the cost of law school and scholarship tips
  • Should you attend an alternative law school (online, part-time)?
  • Why maybe you should just be a barista!

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Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Feb 15, 2016

Happy 4th birthday to the Law School Toolbox! After reflecting on what we've learned from working with hundreds of law students over the past four years, we've compiled our top 10 tips to help you be a successful and happy law student. Enjoy!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison's favorite posts and advice from the past four years
  • Why mindset matters so much in law school
  • How to receive and use feedback to grow as a law student
  • Why law school is a "learned" skill
  • Why you should think about your law career from day one
  • Why being able (and willing) to hustle is so important
  • The biggest stress point for law students
  • Why practice is so important
  • How to prepare for the bar exam through law school, instead of at the last minute
  • How, where, and when to get help in law school
  • Why you might want to create your own definition of success
  • Tips on how to take care of yourself in law school and why it's so important

Thanks for listening, and we're looking forward to many more great years ahead!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Feb 4, 2016

Today we're celebrating the 4th Birthday of the Law School Toolbox!!! What started as a chance meeting on Twitter has matured into what we like to call a "real business." What have we learned along the way? Tune in to find out!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why Alison and Lee prefer entrepreneurship to a law setting
  • What was the biggest surprise about starting our own business?
  • How Alison and Lee met and how the Law School Toolbox came about
  • How to connect with others and build a community when starting a business
  • How to keep your investment to a minimum
  • How Alison slicing her finger open was (ultimately) good for the business!
  • Finding tasks to delegate
  • What you should and shouldn't outsource
  • Benefits and challenges of being a woman-owned business
  • Lessons learned over the last 4 years

Resources:

  • Influence by Robert Cialdini (http://www.amazon.com/Influence-Psychology-Persuasion-Revised-Edition/dp/006124189X)

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 for four great years!

Alison & Lee

Feb 3, 2016

Today, we are talking about a topic near and dear to our hearts, being a woman in the legal profession. It's 2016, are we really still having this same tired conversation about women in the workplace? Yes, yes we are.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is it really like to be a woman in the legal workforce?
  • Why is it so hard to be a woman in the legal profession?
  • Lee and Alison share their experience as lawyers, and from other jobs
  • What is the "Martha Stewart" complex and why is it dangerous for women?
  • Dealing with the lack of sponsorship for female lawyers
  • How motherhood fits into your career as a lawyer
  • Why are we not openly discussing the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood in the legal profession? 
  • Where can we go from here?

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! And good luck out there, ladies!

Alison & Lee

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