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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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Aug 29, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about what 2Ls and 3Ls need to be thinking about as they get into the swing of the later years of law school. If you want to make the most of your final years of law school, stay tuned.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to figure out where you went wrong your first year of school 
  • Tips on how to raise your GPA
  • The importance of getting feedback
  • Should you be taking bar electives? Which ones? When?
  • Do you know your graduation requirements?
  • Understanding your career goals and how to work toward them in law school
  • How to network in law school 
  • How much should you worry about the bar exam now? 
  • Setting yourself up for success in your legal career

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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Aug 22, 2016

Welcome back. Today, we’re talking about 5 things to focus on academically in the first month of law school, to set yourself up for success later on. If you're just starting law school, this episode is for you!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why you should learn to read cases well in the beginning of law school
  • The importance of keeping up with your reading
  • Methods for avoiding distractions and paying attention in class
  • Different methods of note taking
  • Should you handwrite or type your class notes?
  • Why it's important to take advantage of office hours
  • Should you join a study group? 
  • Do you need an accountability partner?
  • Evaluating your schedule and staying accountable
  • How to take legal writing and research seriously without letting it take over your life

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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Aug 15, 2016

Welcome back! Today we're talking about something that comes up for a lot of new and seasoned law students - being lonely or feeling isolated in law school. 

Your law school campus is filled with people, so how could anyone feel lonely? You may be surprised that it's a common feeling in law school. These feelings can be problematic, because they can affect your happiness and productivity and can lead you down the path to more serious mental health issues.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison talk about their own experiences with loneliness in law school
  • Ways to handle the move to a new city
  • Getting along with varied personalities in law school
  • How to meet people if you are an introvert
  • Strategies for finding a community outside of law school
  • What can you do to feel less isolated and alone?
  • How to stay connected to your support network
  • Handling the inevitable ups and downs of law school
  • The importance of getting help when you need it

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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Aug 8, 2016

Welcome back! Today we're talking about doing good works with Adrian Tirtanadi, founder of Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal, a non-profit legal startup in San Francisco. This is a great episode for anyone who is interested in how access to legal services can change a community and for everyone interested in entrepreneurial non-profit or public interest law.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Adrian started Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal
  • A day in the life of a non-profit
  • Advice for those seeking a path of social entrepreneurship
  • How to get involved in non-profit
  • What NOT to do in your cover letter and resume if you are seeking a job or internship at a non-profit organization
  • The skills you need to succeed as a social entrepreneur
  • What Adrian would have done differently 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! And give some money to Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal, because they're a great organization.

Alison & Lee

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Aug 1, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today, we’re talking about law school Orientation. If you’re getting ready to start law school, tune in!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What happens at Orientation?
  • Do you even have to go to Orientation? 
  • Lee and Alison share their Orientation experiences (including a city-wide blackout!)
  • What should you aim to get out of Orientation?
  • How to deal with different personality types
  • How to adjust to being back in school after a professional job
  • Surviving Orientation if you are an introvert
  • Why you need an elevator pitch
  • Who do you go to with post-Orientation questions?

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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