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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: March, 2018
Mar 26, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we’re doing a live issue spotting exercise on a real exam question, to show you how to use the facts to identify legal issues. This is exactly what you need to do on exam day, so tune in!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A real California bar exam question and the issues it contains
  • Why you need to learn how to carefully read fact patterns
  • How to analyze a question and make legal and factual distinctions on exam day
  • The importance of following the call of the question
  • Why the number one piece of advice of the Law School Toolbox continues to be - PRACTICE

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Episode-139-How-To-Issue-Spot-An-Exam-Question.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website . If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox.

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 19, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have a special guest, Jennifer Warren, to talk about how to improve your public speaking skills – something most law students and lawyers need to work on.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why public speaking skills are so important for a legal career
  • The importance of being yourself when presenting
  • The golden rule of the Law School Toolbox – PRACTICE – and some novel ways to practice your public speaking skills
  • How doing what makes you most uncomfortable is the best way to improve your skills
  • Our top 10 tips for improving your public speaking skills

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Ep-138-Top-10-Public-Speaking-Tips-w-Jennifer-Warren.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website . If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox.

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 12, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we are pleased to welcome back Sadie Jones, an ex-BigLaw recruiter, to talk about how to handle difficult situations at work.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What to tell your employer/prospective employer when the grades that got you the job have tanked or you’ve failed the bar exam
  • How to tell your employer you're taking a judicial clerkship
  • Whether and what criminal, mental, physical, or substance abuse issues need to be discussed with your boss
  • How to have difficult conversations about troublesome bosses or coworkers or just because you’ve taken on too much work
  • Technology! What to do when you’ve accidentally opened or deleted something you shouldn’t have

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Episode_137_How-to-Handle-Difficult-Workplace-Situations-revised.pdf) 

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (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

Mar 5, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how to attack multiple choice questions on a law school exam - something we're seeing a lot more of these days!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why we are seeing more multiple choice questions on law school exams
  • The right answer versus the best answer - how legal multiple choice questions are different than other multiple choice exams
  • We walk you through a sample multiple choice question and give you tips on how to approach it
  • How and why practicing multiple choice questions can help you study even if your exam doesn't include them
  • Where to find more practice questions

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Episode_136_Multiple-Choice-Questions-on-Law-School-Exams.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts0 (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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