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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: May, 2017
May 29, 2017

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Mark Cohen, founder and CEO of Legal Mosaic, about what law schools should be teaching but aren't. Mark’s experience in the legal industry is vast and varied, and, in this podcast, he offers his unique perspective on the current state of the legal profession, as well as what may lie ahead in the future. In light of these changing circumstances, what should you demand from your legal education that you’re not getting?

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Legal process outsourcing (LPO) and technology, and how they’re changing the delivery of legal services
  • The distinction between legal services and legal products
  • The weakening dominance of big law firms and the emergence of ancillary career options for new lawyers
  • What they’re not teaching you in law school that’s vital for success as a lawyer
  • The disconnect between doctrinal law and meaningful, practical experience
  • The need for project management skills and collaboration in a legal practice
  • Skills and qualities that could set you apart as a new lawyer
  • What does the lawyer of the future look like?

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Episode-99-What-Law-Schools-Arent-Teaching-but-Should-Be-with-Mark-Cohen-of-Legal-Mosaic.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (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). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 22, 2017

Welcome back! Today we are sharing tips for the non-traditional law students out there. If you're getting ready for law school, this episode is going to be one you definitely want to flag! There is great stuff in here that even full-time, more traditional law students can learn from as well.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • People who might be considered “non-traditional” law students
  • Balancing school and other obligations, including work and family
  • Financial challenges unique to non-traditional students, and resources to help alleviate the stress
  • Getting used to being in an academic environment after a break
  • The advantages non-traditional students may have over traditional students
  • Having a master calendar for all areas of your life, and how to prioritize based on degree of urgency
  • Learning how to utilize your “village” for help – and it’s okay to ask for help!
  • Culture shock for those who are the first in their families to go to college or graduate school

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode-98-Top-1L-Questions-Non-Traditional-Students-1.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (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). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 15, 2017

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Nathan Fox, founder of Fox LSAT, about the future of the LSAT. The test is, in large part, the same as it has always been and it has enjoyed a protracted monopoly in the law school admissions process, but could that be changing? Tune in for more!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • New “competition” for the LSAT: Harvard will begin accepting GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores in their admissions process
  • The reasoning and possible motivation behind the change
  • Ways in which the LSAT and GRE are similar and different
  • How this change might affect candidates in the law school admissions process and the future of law school admissions, generally
  • The incorporation of technology in the digital LSAT pilot program taking place this year
  • Signs along your LSAT journey that might indicate you’re better off choosing another path – and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode-97-The-LSAT-with-Nathan-Fox.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (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). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 8, 2017

Welcome back! Today, we’re excited to have as our guest the founder of Financial Panther, a personal finance blog created for young professionals. Kevin paid off all his law school loans in a little over two years and has a lot of insight into how to stay financially grounded once you enter the legal profession.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Kevin paid off his law school loans so quickly
  • The impact of scholarship offers on law school decisions
  • Calculating how much debt you can really take on
  • Living like a student after you’ve started making money
  • How to work the side-hustle in and after law school
  • Common financial mistakes students and young lawyers make
  • Giving yourself some financial breathing room to prepare for the uncertainties of life
  • Assessing competing financial priorities and decisions when you first enter the workforce
  • Is law school really worth it, financially speaking?

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode_96_-_Financial_Panther2-2.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (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). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 1, 2017

Welcome back! Today we’re talking about a perennial 1L problem area: organizing your time and your life so you can get everything done in law school and still be a somewhat normal human being. Law school requires a lot of time, but so do other important areas of your life. Find out how to fit everything in without having a breakdown!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The law school obligations that need to find a place in your schedule
  • Non-academic activities that you might consider scheduling as well
  • Time-saving strategies for handling mundane, but necessary, errands
  • Making productive use of study breaks during off-peak hours of the day
  • The importance of sleep and concentrated focus (vs. multitasking)
  • Maintaining open, honest communication with the other people in your life about your law school time demands
  • Various apps and tools to help you gain control over your time and stick to your schedule

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode_95_-_Top_Incoming_1L_Questions_Time_Management-1.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (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). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

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