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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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Mar 28, 2016

Welcome back! Today we’re talking about everyone’s favorite topic – Test Anxiety. Okay, not really anyone’s favorite topic, but a really important one because so many law students deal with test anxiety in law school and on the bar exam.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison discuss their experience with exam anxiety
  • Your physiological response during exam prep and exams
  • Why stress isn't all bad
  • The importance of taking care of yourself in law school
  • The correlation between anxiety and lack of sleep
  • How to calm your mind and focus
  • Coping mechanisms when you're blanking on a test
  • How meditation and mindfulness can help alleviate stress and test anxiety
  • Why it's important to control how you talk to yourself in stressful situations
  • When you may need to explore other options for alleviating anxiety with an expert
  • Meditation is not just for hippies - snipers and other elite athletes, soldiers, and high profile people do it, too! 

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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

Mar 21, 2016

Welcome back! Today's episode is about a very important topic: financial considerations before, during, and after law school. If you're thinking about taking out law school loans, or you already have, this one is for you! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is law school debt such a huge issue for so many people? 
  • What is the average law student debt? 
  • The causes of this staggering debt load
  • Pros and cons of the alternative approaches to pay off your loans
  • Downsides of IBR and LRAP that might not be obvious
  • How to make sure you understand what you are in for and what the payoff will be for loans before you accept them
  • Whether schools are lying about your job prospects
  • Types of student loans and how they work
  • Scholarship options, and why you need to be clear about how likely you are to keep a scholarship after the first year (hint - it might be a lot harder than you expect!)
  • Alison shares her experience negotiating financial aid with her school
  • Tips to save money as a law student
  • Potential side hustles for law students

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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

Mar 14, 2016

Welcome back! Today we are talking about how to find success during law school Moot Court. This can be a stressful experience for any law student, especially those with a fear of public speaking.

Using these strategies to rock Moot Court and ace your oral arguments.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is Moot Court?
  • How different law schools structure Moot Court
  • Why is Moot Court so challenging?
  • Writing a successful Moot Court brief
  • Creative ways to prepare for your oral argument
  • Keeping your cool during oral arguments
  • What to do if your Moot Court is pass/fail
  • How to dress for success
  • Other ways you can partake in oral arguments

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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

Mar 7, 2016

Time for a mid-semester reality check! Second semester is interesting in law school because you're in a different position than you were last semester. You have a set of final exams under your belt and you may feel a little more prepared than last semester. Conversely, you may also have more obligations outside of the classroom, like job hunting, extracurricular activities, and moot court -- which can lead to misconceptions about where you should be academically mid-semester.

It's time to get real. But don't stress! Here is your (helpful) mid-semester reality check. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How often should you be outlining?
  • The importance of practice
  • Steps to writing legal analysis
  • Making the most of your professors' office hours
  • Handling all the extra things you may face in your second semester (job hunting, moot court, etc.)
  • Time management tips for the rest of the semester
  • Why self-care is so important
  • Free resources in law school that are available to you and why you should use them!

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

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