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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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Jul 25, 2016

Welcome back. Today, we’re talking about how to study smart in law school so you can stay on top of your workload and do as well as possible academically, without undue stress and strain. 

We talk to a lot of incoming 1Ls, and one of the questions we hear over and over is how to handle the huge workload in law school. It can be incredibly intimidating to start law school, especially if you have never had a job that required you to work a lot of hours on an ongoing basis. So, what can you do to keep things under control? 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Challenges that undergrads can face if they go straight to law school 
  • How working prepares you for law school
  • Lee and Alison share how coming from the workforce helped them in law school
  • Managing the expectations of family and friends as you start law school
  • How to structure your time and get rid of distractions
  • How much time should certain tasks take (reading, class prep, deep thinking tasks, etc.)
  • The importance of creating a study calendar
  • Practical techniques for managing your time productively
  • How to stay accountable in law school 
  • Managing your life outside of law school (kids, significant others, emergencies, etc.)

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! Good luck in law school!

Alison & Lee

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Jul 18, 2016

Today we’re talking about BigLaw OCI, or on-campus interviewing. This is the annual rite of passage where thousands of law students try to secure BigLaw summer associate positions for the next summer. In this episode, we talk at a high level about all of the aspects of OCI, and you can listen to our earlier OCI episodes for a deeper dive into the specifics of callbacks and initial interviews.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How does OCI work, in general? 
  • How different schools handle bidding
  • How do you know what firms to bid on? 
  • How many interviews should you do?
  • What are the interviewers looking for?
  • The callback process
  • How to decide which offer to accept
  • Why you should understand the NALP rules

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! Good luck in the job hunt.

Alison & Lee

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Jul 11, 2016

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking about how to evaluate your summer legal job experience, and how to make sure you leave on good terms. As your summer law job is drawing to a close, here are some ways to ensure you learn as much as you can from the experience.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What you need to be thinking about as your summer job comes to a close
  • Handling summer evaluations
  • Are there experiences you still want to have at this job?
  • Lee and Alison share their summer job experiences
  • Evaluating if this type of law or firm is right for you
  • The importance of references from your summer job 
  • What type of feedback are you getting, if any?
  • What can you take away from this job?
  • Is it OK to reach out after you have left and gone back to school?
  • How to leave gracefully and without burning any bridges

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!

Alison & Lee

Jul 4, 2016

Welcome back! Today we’re discussing the role of the oral arguments and Moot Court in legal education, with special guest Megan Canty. Megan is a law school tutor with the Law School Toolbox and she is also Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Preparation at Wayne State University Law School.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The role of legal arguments in a law school setting
  • How oral arguments are useful for exams and practice
  • The difference between thinking like a lawyer and communicating like one
  • Lee and Megan's advice for students intimidated by oral arguments
  • How to figure out what facts matter, and which don't 
  • The basics of Moot Court 
  • What will distinguish you from the rest of the class in oral arguments
  • How Moot Court competitions work
  • Why honing your oral argument skills are important, even if you never practice appellate law 

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!

Alison & Lee

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