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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: February, 2017
Feb 27, 2017

Welcome back. Today, we’re taking a little bit of a detour to talk about entrepreneurship. Or, maybe it’s not such a detour, given the number of lawyers who end up creating solo practices or small firms, or who leave the law entirely to start new businesses!

If you are looking to start your own business or create a side hustle, tune in! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why everyone should think of themselves as an entrepreneur, even if they have a steady paycheck
  • Why every BigLaw lawyer should read The 4-Hour Workweek
  • Lee and Alison discuss their paths to entrepreneurship
  • Why it might be a terrible idea to build a business around what you love to do
  • Strategies for getting your business or side hustle off the ground
  • How technology can make it easier to start a new business
  • Books that we found helpful on the entrepreneurial path
  • When it makes sense to work with a business or life coach
  • Resources for raising funding for your new endeavor
  • Why community matters if you want to be an entrepreneur (and how to build your community)

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If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (or your listening platform of choice). 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 your path to entrepreneurship!

Alison & Lee

Feb 20, 2017

Welcome back. Today, we’re talking with Grover Cleveland, a Seattle lawyer and speaker and the author of the bestselling career advice book for new lawyers, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer.

If you're in law school or are starting your legal career in a law firm, tune in! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Grover tells us about the origin of his bestselling book, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks
  • Lee and Grover share their experiences as new associates
  • The most common mistakes summer associates and new full-time associates make
  • What lawyers should wear to the office
  • The soft skills law students need to succeed in their legal careers
  • The realities of work/life balance, and how to ask about the topic in interviews
  • How to set boundaries
  • Getting feedback on your performance

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If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (or your listening platform of choice). 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

Feb 13, 2017

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Law School Toolbox tutor (and former law professor) Jason Jones about a very important aspect of law school exam success – using legal rules. 

Some of you might be thinking, “Duh, of course, I know how to use legal rules. It’s all we talk about in class and I have them all in my outline.” But, we see A LOT of exam answers – where students swear they knew the rules going in – that really don’t include rules at all.

If you want to set yourself up for legal rule success, tune in! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What's the rule supposed to accomplish in legal writing?
  • Why it's important to have accurate, complete rule statements
  • Common issues students have with using legal rules effectively
  • What a bad rule statement looks like
  • Do you need to memorize your rule statements exactly? 
  • How do you know if the rules in your outline are correct and easy to use?
  • Is it okay to just look up the rules in a commercial outline?
  • Alison and Jason share examples of what do to (and not to do) with rules in legal writing

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If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (or your listening platform of choice). 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 rule statements!

Alison & Lee

Feb 6, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’ve got a special episode for you. We are honored to be talking with several volunteer lawyers who sprung into action at airports around the country, helping people caught up in the chaos that ensued after President Trump issued his executive order on immigration. This executive order, issued at the close of business on Friday, January 27th, 2017 resulted in a slew of deportations and detentions of travelers who were traveling with what they thought were valid visas. It’s also generated a number of emergency injunctions in federal courts around the country. Tune in to hear what the situation was like on the ground, and how lawyers and law students can get involved to help.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Interviews with lawyers on the front lines: Sarah Sherman Stokes, Professor at Boston University School of Law volunteering with students in Boston, and Cindy Grossman, law firm tax partner volunteering at Newark Airport
  • What was really going on at the airports and in the courts
  • How lawyers got involved and self-organized a response
  • How lawyers can, and did, help, even if they have other areas of substantive expertise
  • The challenges of getting information to travelers who might need help
  • What information, if any, lawyers were able to get about people being detained
  • Classes to can take if you are interested in immigration law, and activities to participate in
  • The value of law school clinics for building confidence and legal skills
  • Issues that immigrants face, beyond just immigration
  • How law students and lawyers can get involved and help
  • The importance of lawyers brushing up on their general civil rights skills
  • What it's like to fight the good fight in difficult situations

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Episode Transcript: Download 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

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