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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: September, 2018
Sep 24, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about elevator pitches and whether you need one as a law student. Spoiler alert: Yes, you do!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What exactly is an elevator pitch and when might you need to have one?
  • Whether you must know exactly what you want to do with your legal career to craft an effective elevator pitch
  • Goals of an effective elevator pitch and how to create one
  • Why one interesting fact about yourself can start a conversation
  • Fake it till you make it – practice makes perfect when trying to develop your elevator pitch
  • Don’t be intimidated! Lawyers actually LOVE making connections and referrals

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LST-Ep-165-What-is-Elevator-Pitch-and-Do-you-need-one.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 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 (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 17, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about what to do if OCI didn't go as planned, and you didn't end up with a summer associate offer for your 2L summer. All is not lost!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Whether you can get a BigLaw summer associate position if you don’t get one through OCI
  • Can you ask for feedback from the firm – officially or even unofficially – as to why you didn’t get an offer?
  • Taking a long hard look at the potential deficiencies in your application – is it your grades? Your interview skills? Fix them and try again!
  • Is this a blessing in disguise? How to use this as a growth opportunity or as a second chance to really evaluate if BigLaw is where you want to be
  • Talking to career services – they often get a bad rap but they’re the first one firms go to if they need to hire more summer associates
  • Hustle – if you really want this, you’re going to have to work for it – network, make coffee dates, get creative
  • At the end of the day – find some kind of legal job even if it’s unpaid

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LST-Ep-164-Post-OCI-No-Offer-w-Sadie.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 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 (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 10, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about some common problems that we see in the analysis section of legal essays, whether from 1Ls or all the way to the bar exam. Conveniently, we have some suggestions for solving these problems!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Common mistake number 1: Not systematically laying out the elements
  • Attack plans – what are they and how can they help you improve your essay analysis
  • Don’t forget about terms of art – don’t write two paragraphs when two words will do
  • Another common and big mistake – missing issues – remember the FACTS are there for a reason
  • The best way to learn to identify issues from facts – PRACTICE
  • Two big DON’Ts – don’t ignore counterarguments and don’t forget the conclusion BECAUSE you might lose big points
  • How to better organize your essay to make it easier for the grader to read

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LST-Ep-163-Legal-Analysis-Issues-and-How-to-Solve-Them.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 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 (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 3, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about professional development for new lawyers with former BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones. Tune in and find out how to take control of your career development, from the earliest days of your career.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • CLE requirements and the different ways you can fulfill them
  • The importance of tracking, documenting, and staying ahead of your CLE requirements
  • What is professional development, why is it important, and how do you know where to start?
  • Outside the box ways to build your legal skills
  • Common professional development mistakes new lawyers make

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/LST-Ep-162-Professional-Development-for-New-Lawyers.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 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 (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

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