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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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Sep 26, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're talking about making outlines and other study aids, which are important in helping you make sense of everything you're learning in law school. This episode is based on a question we got from a 1L listener, so don't be shy about reaching out with your own questions! Contact details are below.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is an outline and what is its purpose?
  • Do you really have to make an outline, or are there other viable options?
  • How should you start outlining?
  • What materials you need to start outlining
  • What you should include in your outline
  • The importance of testing your outline
  • How you can get help if you are having problems outlining
  • Common outlining issues we see repeatedly
  • How to handle cases in your study aids

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 with those outlines.

Alison & Lee

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Sep 19, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we’re talking about grit - that quality that lets you get back up and carry on after you've been knocked down. And, every law student is probably going to get knocked down a time or two!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is grit important in law school? 
  • The harsh realities of law school
  • Why just being "smart" isn't enough any longer
  • Situations where you will need grit in law school
  • How will you handle the bumps in the road when they come? Do you have a plan?
  • Alison and Lee share stories of needing grit in law school
  • How mindfulness can be helpful in tough situations 
  • Whether grit can be cultivated
  • Activities that can help build your "grit"
  • The five characteristics of grit

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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Sep 12, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking about something lots of law students deal with - self-sabotaging behavior. If you start your day with the best of intentions, but get nothing done by the time it's over, tune in! You're definitely not alone.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is this such an important topic in law school?
  • What do we mean by self-sabotage?
  • Common ways to self-sabotage as a law student
  • How to balance life and law school 
  • Ways to fight procrastination
  • What are you really responsible for in law school?
  • How to create a study schedule and stick to it 
  • Other methods to create accountability and manage your time
  • Do you need an accountability partner? 
  • How to spot self-sabotaging behavior in yourself and redirect 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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Sep 5, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking about the Socratic Method and law school classes more generally. If you're intimidated by class, tune in for tips on surviving (even if you're unprepared).

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the Socratic Method?
  • Why do law professors use the Socratic Method?
  • Why you shouldn't be afraid of law school class discussions
  • The importance of doing your reading and being prepared for class
  • What should you do if you didn't do the reading?
  • What you can do to make class more bearable
  • What you should and shouldn't be writing down in class
  • How to avoid being called on

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 class!

Alison & Lee

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