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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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Now displaying: December, 2016
Dec 19, 2016

Welcome back! Today we’re talking about how to get great letters of recommendation, whether you need them to apply to law school, get a job or clerkship, or for some other purpose as a law student.

Fundamentally, there are two issues at play here. First, who should you ask to write your letters? How can you ensure they're actually enthusiastic? And, two, what information do your letter writers need to do the best possible job for you? After this episode, you'll be able to pinpoint the best people to help you, and ensure they write you stellar letters of recommendation! So let's get started.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Who should you ask for a letter of recommendation? 
  • What makes someone a good recommender?
  • How can you tell if they're the right person for your needs?
  • What you're looking for in a good letter of recommendation
  • Lee and Alison share their letter of recommendation experiences, as students and as recommenders
  • What types of letters of recommendation should you get for law school, legal employment, clerkships, internships, etc.?
  • How to ask someone for a letter of recommendation
  • How to ensure the recommendation actually gets done
  • What do you need to give someone so they can complete the letter?
  • What should you do if the recommender asks you to write the letter yourself?

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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! Good luck with getting those recommendations!

Alison & Lee

Dec 12, 2016

Welcome back! Today, as finals wind down, we're talking about what you can do over winter break to improve your law school (and legal career) experience. Don't worry, a lot of it is fun! Not just more work - you've done enough for now. Winter break is a time to recuperate, but we do have a few suggestions!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Alison and Lee share their winter break experiences
  • The importance of relaxation after finals
  • Why you may need to reconnect with loved ones
  • The value of investing in your community and doing volunteer work
  • Reinvigorating your passion for law school
  • Things you can do to work on your soft skills while you are off from school
  • Getting ahead on your job search
  • How to handle less than desirable final grades

Resources

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! Have a nice, relaxing break!

Alison & Lee

Dec 5, 2016

Welcome back! Today, we’re excited to have attorney and author Lainey Feingold here with us. She is a long-time disability rights lawyer and developed a technique called Structured Negotiation that is the subject of her book, "Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits," which was recently published by the ABA. Structure Negotiation has been used with well-known organizations including major banks, Walmart, the city of San Francisco, and Major League Baseball to address accessibility issues in physical and virtual environments, outside of court.

If you're interested in learning more this new alternative dispute resolution approach or want to craft a non-traditional legal path, tune in. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is Structured Negotiation?
  • How is it different from other alternative dispute resolution techniques?
  • Personality traits and skills that are useful in Structured Negotiation
  • Lainey's path to becoming a disability rights attorney
  • The importance of resilience in a legal career
  • Advice for law students interested in an alternative legal practice
  • Advice on starting a small firm or solo practice
  • Resources that can help when pursuing this type of career
  • How you can learn more about Structured Negotiation

Resources

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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