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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: January, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Welcome back! Today we're talking with Okeoma Moronu, a BigLaw mid-level associate and creator of The Happy Lawyer Project. 

Are you a law student wondering if you can be happy as a lawyer? Are you a lawyer looking for happiness? It's really not impossible. Tune in for fresh ideas!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Can lawyers really be happy? 
  • Advice for young associates deciding what type of law to focus on
  • Corporate or litigation? What are the pros and cons?
  • How to make BigLaw work for you
  • How to know if you should leave the law profession entirely
  • How to find happiness as a lawyer or law student
  • What to do in law school to prepare for a happy career 
  • How to connect with the Happy Lawyer Project 

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Episode Transcript: Download a copy of the transcript

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

Jan 23, 2017

Welcome back! Today we're talking about something that's not discussed all that often in law school, which is emotional intelligence. This is an important piece of the puzzle for happiness and success in your law career and in life. 

Want to know how to develop these skills? Tune in! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is emotional intelligence?
  • Why is emotional intelligence important in legal work?
  • Can better emotional intelligence make you a better lawyer (or will it just make you soft)?
  • How to handle the stress of navigating rough waters for your clients
  • Why there's persistent conflict in the legal profession and how to handle it
  • Lee and Alison give examples of conflict from their legal work
  • Personality types and how they affect your lawyering
  • The importance of empathy and compassion in lawyers
  • Exercises and resources for developing emotional intelligence

Resources

Episode Transcript: Download a copy of the transcript

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

Jan 16, 2017

Welcome back! Today, we're talking about the basics of the bar exam. This episode might send shudders down your spine if you're a 3L looking to take the bar exam next summer, or perhaps you're thinking, "Hey, I'm a 1L. Why should I be worrying about this so early?"

Well, the reality is the bar exam is a pretty big deal and is one of the final hurdles to becoming a lawyer. So whether you're taking the next bar exam or taking it a few years from now, you need to understand the basics, to ensure you prepare effectively and only have to take it once!

(We're pleased to announce our episodes now contain a transcript, which you'll find below. Enjoy!)

In this episode we discuss:

  • Bar exam basics, especially California and the UBE states
  • What the UBE consists of (MPT, MBE, MEE)
  • What the performance test covers and how to prepare
  • What to expect on the MBE and how to prepare
  • Being strategic and matching your bar exam planning to your career objectives
  • Questions to ask yourself as you decide which bar exam to take
  • The changes coming to the California bar exam
  • Should you wait to take the CA bar exam? 
  • Will CA be harder or easier after the changes?
  • Planning ahead for the bar exam as a 1L and 2L 
  • Other state bar exams you may encounter
  • Choosing the right bar review provider and whether you need to buy immediately as a law student
  • What are accommodations and how can you get them for the bar exam?
  • Should you take bar electives in law school?
  • The future of the bar exam

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Episode Transcript: Download a copy of the transcript

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 the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

Jan 9, 2017

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking about making the most of your second semester of law school. 

By now, you probably have some or all of your grades back, so this is a good time to take stock of where you are and make any changes necessary to get the most out of your second semester. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dealing with your first semester grades, whether they're good, bad, or in the middle
  • What do your 1L first semester grades really indicate? 
  • Calibrating your expectations
  • Evaluating what went well and what you need to improve on
  • How your grades can affect your 1L summer job search
  • What should you be focusing on in the second semester?
  • What you can be doing to advance your future legal career, even as a 1L
  • Preparing for the law journal write-on process
  • Thinking about Moot Court
  • Extra-curricular activities to consider getting involved with second semester
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Handling burnout
  • The Law School Toolbox Second Semester ReBoot course, if your grades need to improve

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! Good luck second semester.

Alison & Lee

Jan 2, 2017

Welcome back! Today we're sharing advice for first-time bar exam takers, to ensure you can take the test once and pass. Even if you're still in law school, and the bar exam is years away, it's never too early to get informed and chart a course for success, so tune in.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Mistakes first-time bar takers commonly make
  • How to evaluate what type of bar prep is for you
  • Do you need to take a commercial bar prep course?
  • The importance of knowing your strengths and weaknesses when studying
  • Alison and Lee share their experience as first-time bar exam takers
  • Avoiding burnout while studying for the bar
  • What to do if you sense that your bar prep course isn't working for you
  • What role minimum competency should play in your bar exam strategy
  • Ways to prepare for the MBE efficiently
  • Preparing for the day of the bar exam
  • How to prepare for emergencies that may arise as you're studying or on test day
  • The importance of targeted practice
  • Accommodations and how to get them

Resources

Download a copy of this transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Episode-79-Making-the-most-of-second-semester.pdf)

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). And we have lots of bar exam advice on our Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com) site.

Thanks for listening! Good luck on the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

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