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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: April, 2016
Apr 25, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’re talking about how to get mentally prepared for the challenges of starting law school. These challenges might be academic in nature, or more personal. Luckily, there are techniques you can use on any type of challenge to ensure you’re moving forward and keeping things under control.

Not sure what you really need to be worrying about this summer? Tune in and find out!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Is law school really that challenging? 
  • Handling the volume of work you will see in law school
  • The importance of time management
  • How to plan your schedule
  • Ariel's tip for finding self-motivation after a tough day
  • Why mindset matters and failure is OK
  • The importance of self-reflection
  • Getting a support network in place before a crisis situation
  • Planning ahead for difficult situations

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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! And best of luck starting law school!

Alison & Lee

Apr 18, 2016

Welcome back! Today we are discussing the Law Review write-on competition and why you should (or shouldn't) participate. We've also got tips for success, should you decide you want to do it.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The variety of "law reviews" of different types
  • Who has to do the writing competition, typically
  • Alison and Lee share their law review experiences
  • Why you may want to do law review and why it can be important for your career (and why you might not want to!)
  • The basics of the writing competition
  • How to prepare for the writing competition
  • Why you need a Bluebook (and need to be familiar with it)
  • Why citations make a difference
  • What the graders are looking for, and how you can make them happy
  • What you should do when you get your law review writing competition packet
  • The importance of backing up your work
  • How to handle the diversity essay

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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! And best of luck with the writing competition.

Alison & Lee

Apr 11, 2016

Welcome back! Today we're talking about avoiding exam disasters, even when you're not as prepared as you might want to be. It's not too late to pull things together, but there's no time to waste!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What can you do if you just aren't ready for finals?
  • How to catch up on your outlines and other study aids
  • How to make the most of the time you have left (whether it's weeks or even days)
  • How to triage and make the most of the time you have
  • Making a study schedule 
  • Looking at your learning style and using it to make the most of your studying
  • Evaluating what's most important to memorize
  • How to be distraction-free
  • Avoiding the drama
  • Dealing with situations that could pop up during the exam
  • How to regroup and reenergize after one exam to get ready for the next

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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! And best of luck on your exams.

Alison & Lee

Apr 4, 2016

Welcome back! Today we're talking about what incoming law school students should be doing or thinking about this summer to get ready for law school (if anything!).

Before you go overboard and pre-read supplements for every class, stop! Take a breath, and use our strategies to get ready for your first year of law school in style, without ruining your whole summer. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison share their experiences getting ready for law school
  • Finding housing that fits your lifestyle and needs
  • Thinking about your creature comforts
  • What do you really need to buy? (It's less than you think!)
  • Why you may not want to run out and buy a new laptop right away
  • Preparing the people in your life for your new law school life
  • Setting boundaries for loved ones 
  • The right way to leave your current job
  • What academic preparations do you need to make?
  • What supplements should you read (and which ones not to)?
  • Why it's important to start thinking about your legal career now, before school starts

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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! And best of luck in law school.

Alison & Lee

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