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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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Jun 27, 2016

Welcome back! Today we're talking about how to conquer the bar exam, specifically the MBE. Taking six hours of multiple choice questions is challenging for just about everyone. For some, however, it can be a major speed bump on the road to bar exam success. 

Don't let the MBE prevent you from passing the bar exam. We've got some tips and strategies!

In this episode we discuss:

  • An overview of the MBE
  • How to find out exactly what's covered
  • What to expect during the MBE on test day
  • Why is the MBE so challenging?
  • What is the best way to study for the MBE?
  • Lee and Alison share their MBE experiences
  • Why practice is so important
  • The right way to practice
  • How much should you worry about timing?
  • What to do if you are really struggling with the MBE

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). And check out our Bar Exam Toolbox website (http://barexamtoolbox.com) for more bar exam advice.

Thanks for listening! Best of luck on the bar exam!

Alison & Lee

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Jun 20, 2016

Welcome back! Today we’ve got an entertaining topic – the eccentric characters you'll meet in law school, along with some tips on law school etiquette (if you don’t want to find yourself on this list in the future). 

Now, you might be wondering what we’re talking about. Isn’t law school just a bunch of students studying the law? Haha, as if. 

For whatever reason, law school tends to attract a rather eccentric cast of characters, some of whom you’re likely to run into, for better or worse!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the most notorious law school character type?
  • Other personality types you will meet in law school and how to deal with them
  • The characters Lee and Alison encountered in law school
  • Basic rules of law school etiquette
  • The importance of finding your people 
  • Avoiding relationship drama in law school
  • How "not to behave" 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! Best of luck with law school.

Alison & Lee

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Jun 13, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are focusing on the bar exam performance test. Joining Lee is guest Doretta McGinnis, one of our highly experienced bar exam and law school tutors. 

The performance test portion of the bar exam can be challenging for people, but with these tips you can conquer it and score well. Good luck!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is the performance test so hard?
  • The importance of following directions closely
  • Is practicing enough? How should you evaluate your work?
  • Why do students put off practice or refuse to do it? 
  • Why you should have a performance test plan 
  • The link between legal writing and the performance test
  • Lee and Doretta share common mistakes students make
  • How to improve your time management
  • How to make the grader's job easy

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). And check out our bar exam site: Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com).

Thanks for listening! Best of luck with the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

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Jun 6, 2016

Welcome back! Today, we're talking with Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher, authors of "The Curve," a new novel set in a sinking ship of a law school. It addresses a number of critical issues in legal education today (and might make some people think twice about signing up to pay full tuition at a low-ranked law school offering limited job prospects!).

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion on the realities of law school today.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Why law school isn't a panacea for not knowing what to do with your life
  • Jeremy and Cameron's law school, and post-law school, stories
  • Should you go to law school? What if you really want to be a writer?
  • What should students be thinking about before they commit to law school?
  • Why you should read this book before you go to law school 
  • Words of Wisdom for law students and young lawyers

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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 (if you decide life as a novelist isn't for you).

Alison & Lee

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