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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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Oct 31, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we’re talking about how to figure out what type of law to practice. There are more options than most people realize, and your career happiness and success can ride on these decisions, so it’s important to think beyond “litigation or corporate.” Ideally, you’ll find something that uses your unique skills, interests, and background to set yourself apart from the pack.

Tune in for ideas on how to decide what's the best fit for you!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The different types of law that exist beyond just litigation and corporate work
  • How you can learn what each type of lawyer does
  • Alison and Lee share their experience with different practice areas
  • Should you specialize?
  • Why internships and externships can help you decide what type of law to practice
  • Questions you can ask yourself to decide which type of law is the best fit for you
  • How to test the waters and find out if a certain type of law is a good fit
  • The importance of thinking about your career options early
  • How to use your own unique skills, traits, and background to your advantage

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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

Oct 24, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today Lee is leading a panel discussion about what it takes to succeed as a 21st-Century lawyer. In this discussion, we dive into the characteristics of successful lawyers in today's legal workplace and talk about how to gain those skills and traits while still in law school.

Many thanks to Thomson Reuters, the sponsor for this episode. You likely interact with their products every day when you're using useful tools such as WestLaw, TWEN, and Practical Law. Thomson Reuters brings you tools and insights to help you perform your best now and when you go pro as a practicing attorney. You can visit them at lawschool.westlaw.com. We appreciate their support!

We would also like to thank the following panelists for participating in the discussion: 

Katie Walter, Marketing Director for Law School Business, Thomson Reuters

Chris Mammen, Lecturer, UC Hastings College of Law; Partner, Hogan Lovells

Diane Downs,  Director of Attorney Recruiting at Morrison and Foerster LLP

Dave Maurer, Managing Director/Office Leader for San Francisco, Major, Lindsay & Africa

In this episode we discuss:

  • What do law firms want in a candidate?
  • How to present yourself in a hiring situation
  • 4 characteristics that are important in a 21st-Century lawyer
  • Curiosity and why it's important as a law student and young lawyer
  • Mastering a class vs. getting a good grade
  • How to distinguish yourself from other candidates
  • The importance of mastering your craft
  • Why you need to be a good legal writer 
  • How to improve as a writer
  • Mentorship in the legal and law school setting
  • Taking advantage of the resources available to you in law school
  • The importance of feedback 
  • Ways law students who came directly from undergrad can gain valuable workplace experience
  • The importance of building a network as a law student 

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 thanks again to Thomson Reuters for sponsoring this episode!

Alison & Lee

 

Oct 17, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Almost every 1L in the country will take some sort of legal research and writing class. Today, we're discussing the top ten LRW disasters we see again and again, so you can avoid them!

Many thanks to Thomson Reuters, the sponsor for this episode. You likely interact with their products every day when you're using useful tools such as WestLaw, TWEN, and Practical Law. Thomson Reuters brings you tools and insights to help you perform your best now and when you go pro as a practicing attorney. You can visit them at lawschool.westlaw.com. We appreciate their support!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The top ten legal research and writing problems you're likely to face as a law student
  • The importance of planning for the worst
  • Why and how to back up your computer
  • How to manage your LRW time effectively 
  • Why you should have a plan and a schedule for every LRW assignment
  • How to be sure you're clear on what you're being asked to do for each LRW assignment
  • Tools for outlining and organizing information
  • The importance of citations and how to be sure you're doing them correctly
  • Finding 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! Good luck on your LRW assignments! And thanks again to Thomson Reuters for sponsoring this episode.

Alison & Lee

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Oct 10, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're running through your mid-semester to-do list to ensure you're where you need to be before it's too late.

Mid-semester is the time when reality sets in for most law students. Whatever is going on - midterms, sniffles, boredom - it's time to focus on the end goal and get serious about preparation. Here's what you need to be doing, now.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How you should handle the next 7-8 weeks
  • The importance of deep work in the second half of the semester
  • Setting up your study calendar
  • Getting ready for finals
  • Ways of tracking your time if you're not sure how it's slipping away
  • Searching for a summer job as a 1L (you can start Dec. 1)
  • Avoiding distractions and battling procrastination
  • How to do a self check-in
  • Where to go for help
  • Stress management techniques and staying healthy
  • How to manage your personal relationships, especially around the holidays and exams

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 the rest of the semester!

Alison & Lee

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Oct 3, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're talking about how to have a successful law school internship or externship experience. For most law students, these jobs are their first experiences in the legal workplace (or maybe in any professional workplace). Be sure you're behaving like a responsible professional, and you'll set yourself up for success in any internship or externship!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What's the difference between an internship and an externship?
  • Different types of internships or externships, and how the expectations vary
  • What should you do (and not do) in a legal workplace?
  • How to be a professional
  • What do people really expect of you?
  • Practical tips for day-to-day scenarios (meetings, phone calls, email, etc.)
  • How to get along with others in the workplace
  • Defining your goals for this experience
  • Traits you should develop to succeed as a lawyer

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 your internships and externships!

Alison & Lee

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