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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: July, 2017
Jul 31, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about the processing of getting, or not getting, an offer at the end of your time as a summer associate. Tune in for some great information on how to end your summer successfully and navigate the offer process thoughtfully and respectfully.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The basics of the offer process and what it means for the future
  • The possible outcomes and how to deal with them
  • How to maximize your chances of getting an offer as the summer wraps up
  • Things to do to make sure you end the summer on a positive note
  • Sure-fire ways to put your offer in jeopardy
  • What you can do if you sense a potential issue (a personality conflict, a not-so-great performance on an assignment, etc.)
  • Cold offers: what does this mean and how can you move forward?
  • Managing offers while applying for clerkships
  • What are the repercussions of turning down an offer if you weren’t happy at the firm?
  • Once you've accepted an offer, do 3L grades matter?

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Episode-108-Dealing-with-Summer-Associate-Offers.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

Jul 24, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today we're talking about building relationships in law school with everyone from professors to classmates and potential employers. Of course grades are important, but building relationships can not only make your law school experience more pleasant, it can open doors of opportunity in the future.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why relationships matter
  • How to get to know your professors
  • Different opportunities to interact with your professors, in and out of the classroom
  • Developing relationships with your classmates
  • School activities and social outlets that foster meaningful interaction
  • Getting to know other people at your law school in administration or different programs
  • How to meet lawyers and non-lawyers in the community through bar association events, pro bono work, charity fundraising events, etc.
  • Finding mentors and sponsors

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Episode-107-Building-Relationships-in-Law-School.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

Jul 17, 2017

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're talking about going to law professors' office hours and getting something out of it. Lots of law students say they're going to go to office hours regularly, but few actually do. Developing good relationships with your professors will not only have a positive effect on your law school success, but may prove to be valuable for years to follow. So tune in, and learn to love office hours!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why some students are hesitant to go to office hours
  • Reasons why going to office hours is beneficial
  • Ways to make office hours less intimidating and more useful
  • How office hours in law school differs from undergrad
  • Things you might talk about when you visit your professors
  • Questions to avoid asking
  • Other ways to interact with your professors if you are unable to make it to the scheduled office hours
  • Don’t forget about your TAs!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Episode-106-Making-Productive-Use-of-Office-Hours.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

Jul 10, 2017

Today, we’re talking with a former law firm recruiter about the basics of OCI, or on-campus interviewing. OCI is the process by which most large law firms, and some medium-sized law firms and public interest organizations recruit their summer associates and hire full-time lawyers.

There are many steps to the process, and it is time-consuming and can be energetically draining, so we’re discussing what you can expect and how you can put your best foot forward with an experienced BigLaw recruiter. If you’re planning to participate in your school’s OCI program, tune in!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What a summer associate position is, and why they are highly sought after
  • The basic process of initial interviews and callback interviews
  • Strategically bidding for an interview
  • What law firms are really looking for
  • How to prepare for an initial interview, what to expect, and what to wear
  • Callback logistics: What happens in a callback interview? What if you have to travel?
  • How should geography play into your interviewing decisions?
  • Factors to consider when selecting an offer
  • How to ensure you DON’T get an offer

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-105-OCI-Basics-with-Law-Firm-Recruiter-Sadie-Jones.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

Jul 3, 2017

Welcome to The Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today we're talking about shopping for law school essentials, everything from backpacks to highlighters. Law school is expensive, so make sure you are being savvy with your purchases!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to carry all of your stuff
  • Whether to buy a new computer immediately
  • The law school locker situation
  • Do you need a briefcase?
  • The best notebooks and binders, and why you'll need a rainbow of highlighters
  • How to best use technology
  • The benefits of note-taking software
  • Handling life necessities, like your wardrobe, lunch boxes, and household items
  • Ways to let other people help you stock up on what you need
  • How to streamline purchasing so you don't have to waste time during the semester

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-104-What-to-Buy.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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