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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: April, 2018
Apr 30, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! For the next three episodes, we're talking about different approaches to law school learning, starting with strategies for auditory learners. There are different ways to study using each of the learning styles we’ll discuss over the next three episodes of the podcast, so you can try different things and see how to study most effectively for your exams.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is an auditory learner and how do you know if you are one?
  • Active learning versus passive learning and why auditory learners still need to practice writing exams
  • Memorization strategies that work for everyone, but especially auditory learners
  • Things to avoid for auditory learners
  • Auditory learning techniques anyone can use to increase their study effectiveness 

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/LST-Ep-144-Tips-for-Auditory-Learners.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts or your favorite listening app. 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

Apr 23, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about how to make sure you're getting the information you need to do a good job on any assignment in a legal workplace.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What to do when you get called into a meeting to discuss a new assignment
  • What NOT to do when you get called into a meeting to discuss a new assignment
  • Common ways things can go wrong on an assignment
  • Why you need to be really careful with legal research tools
  • How to get more information without looking like you weren’t paying attention or have no idea what you’re doing (even if you don’t!)

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/LST-Ep-143-Understanding-Work-Assignments-w-Sadie-Jones.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts or your favorite listening app. 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

 

Apr 16, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Whittney Beard, an ex-lawyer and career coach at Orrick, about how to really own and direct your career, even as a young lawyer.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What exactly a career coach does and why they are valuable
  • Common mistakes many young/inexperienced lawyers make
  • The truth about getting the assignments you want
  • Concrete steps you can take if you’re unhappy in your career or working with some difficult personalities
  • What to do when you think you’re ready to move on

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/LST-Ep-142-Owning-Your-Career-Whittney-Beard.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts or your favorite listening app. 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

Apr 9, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we’re talking with Law School Toolbox tutor Allison Pincus about experiential learning opportunities in law school and why you should make sure you’re engaging in some of them.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What experiential learning is and why the ABA is requiring more of it
  • Why it is so important to engage in experiential learning opportunities as a law student
  • What the best experiential learning opportunities are
  • How to ensure you get to have the experience you want
  • How to balance experiential learning and your regular class load
  • Our experiences with experimental learning

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Episode-141-Experiential-Learning-in-Law-School-wAllison-Pincus.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts or your favorite listening app. 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

 

Apr 2, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we’re talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about OCI strategy. If you're not sure how or where to bid, what to put on your resume, or how to explain tricky parts of your background, this is the episode for you! 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How the OCI process really works, from the firm perspective 
  • How important are grades, really? 
  • Ways to handle bidding on multiple locations
  • Some common mistakes and the best strategies to avoid them
  • Quick tips to ensure your resume is not overlooked
  • How to get interviews if you weren't initially selected
  • Ways to organize all of your OCI materials, so you remember which firm you're talking to!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Episode-140-OCI-Strategy-w-Sadie-Jones.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

 

 

 

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