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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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Dec 16, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're chatting with special guest Friday Apaliski -- the Sustainability Concierge -- about things you can do that will put you in harmony with the environment, if you are wondering where to start on the road to living "greener."  

In this episode we discuss:

  • What does it mean to live in a sustainable way?
  • Friday's background and work as the Sustainability Concierge
  • How can "green" living actually help you save money?
  • Some of Lee's and Friday's favorite reusable items
  • The harmful chemicals in everyday items we might not be aware of
  • Why you should never throw anything cloth in the garbage
  • Thinking about going as paperless as possible
  • What should you have in your emergency kit?
  • Things to keep at your desk if you're working downtown or in a tall building

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-225-sustainable-living-and-emergency-preparedness-w-friday-apaliski/)

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

Dec 9, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we are welcoming back ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to discuss how much responsibility you should take for your future career -- starting as a law student -- and what resources are available to help.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why you need to take ownership of your career goals as a law student
  • Resources to help if you're not sure yet what you want
  • Looking outside of the standard channels for work opportunities
  • How does your mindset factor into your job search?
  • The importance of asking for help rather than trying to do everything yourself
  • Evaluating each job for clues about what job is right for you long term
  • Why BigLaw didn't work for Alison's personality

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-224-taking-ownership-of-your-career-w-sadie-jones/)

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

Dec 2, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we are welcoming guest Carla Luna -- currently a 2L at Harvard -- to discuss adjusting to law school as a 1L, and the different activities and programs available to Harvard Law students.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Carla's background and path to law school
  • The types of activities law students can get involved in at Harvard
  • Do you have to join a formal study group?
  • Job hunting during 1L year
  • Harvard's grading system
  • What is more or less challenging about 2L year compared to 1L year
  • The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity program

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-223-1l-year-at-harvard-law-w-guest-carla-luna/)

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

Nov 18, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're welcoming back ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to talk about how to use winter break productively to move your career forward, make new connections, take care of personal chores, and of course, get some rest.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How can attending holiday events help in advancing your career?
  • Where else could you make new connections, besides holiday parties?
  • Getting your elevator pitch ready
  • Preparing everything you need for your summer job search
  • Spending some time on writing a note for a law journal
  • Making sure you have enough time to rest and recharge

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-222-using-winter-break-to-advance-your-career/)

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

Nov 11, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing our top 5 last-minute exam tips that will help you see the big picture and fill in some of the details of law school exam prep.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of practicing as much as you can
  • Putting together the study materials for yourself
  • Seeking additional help from your professors, classmates, a study group, or a tutor
  • Getting a realistic understanding of how well you're doing
  • Knowing the law in detail, not in broad strokes
  • Having a big-picture plan and keeping yourself well enough to take the exam
  • Do not give up if you feel you're behind, because a lot can be done even in a few days!

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-221-our-top-5-last-minute-exam-tips/)

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

Nov 4, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're welcoming back disability consultant Elizabeth Knox to discuss the process of applying for accommodations in law school to level the playing field in cases of disability, pregnancy, anxiety, and other conditions.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The different categories that fall into the accommodations realm
  • How much harder is it to get accommodations if you don't have a history of accommodations?
  • How to advocate for yourself if you're not comfortable with the traditional mode of teaching in law school
  • What if the accommodations request is not approved before exam time?
  • What to do if medical issues come up suddenly during the semester
  • Accommodations for the bar exam
  • Navigating the job search process for people with special needs
  • Remember that people don't even notice that somebody got accommodations for the exam!

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-220-more-on-accommodations-in-law-school-w-elizabeth-knox/)

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

Oct 28, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with special guest Stephanie Hanna -- Founder of The Other 85 -- about mastering the non-substantive skills that make up 85% of career success for lawyers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Stephanie's background and her work creating The Other 85
  • Should you be a giver or a taker?
  • Developing a positive networking attitude
  • Tips for reaching out, asking for a favor, and following up with people
  • Are first-generation law students at a disadvantage when it comes to creating business contacts?
  • How to build your network at holiday parties

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-219-mastering-people-skills-for-success-as-an-attorney-w-stephanie-hanna/)

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

Oct 21, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! This is the second episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about civil procedure -- in particular, supplemental jurisdiction.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is supplemental jurisdiction?
  • The rules of supplemental jurisdiction and some related examples
  • Going through an essay question from the July 2012 California Bar Exam
  • Identifying the original basis of jurisdiction
  • How to apply the rules of supplemental jurisdiction to diversity of citizenship and federal cases

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-218-listen-and-learn-supplemental-jurisdiction-civ-pro/)

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

Oct 14, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian -- a law school admissions expert who has been featured on The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and NBC -- about the process of deciding which law schools to apply to, and choosing the one to attend.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Shemmassian's background and his work in admissions counseling
  • Factors to consider when choosing which schools to apply to
  • How many schools should be on the average applicant's list?
  • Going straight through to law school versus taking
    some time off
  • What to think about when deciding which school to choose if you've gotten into a few places
  • Presenting your story in terms of what's going to make you a great alumnus
  • Financial aid and the importance of scholarships

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-217-choosing-a-law-school-with-dr-shirag-shemmassian/)

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

Oct 7, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing some warning signs suggesting you might need extra help in law school, and talk about why seeking help is a sign of strength and not a weakness.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why sometimes even good students start to struggle in law school
  • "Good confusion" versus "bad confusion"
  • Tracking your hours and allocating time to deep work
  • Why midterms are a blessing, not a curse
  • The importance of testing yourself in the same format as your final exam
  • Signs that you are probably doing fine
  • Red flags indicating you might need extra help
  • Getting special accommodations due to any learning differences 
  • Why reaching out for help is a great idea

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-216-how-do-you-know-when-you-need-extra-help-in-law-school/)

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 30, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're introducing a new series of podcast episodes called "Listen and Learn," where we're going to review substantive areas of the law and apply some of that law to facts. In this episode, we're talking about the Commerce Clause.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The basic structure of first-year Constitution Law classes
  • How the Commerce Clause is typically taught in class
  • Building a case-based rule for the Commerce Clause
  • A fact pattern involving a fictional product called Lickable Wallpaper
  • Creating an analytical framework and applying it to the fact pattern

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-215-listen-and-learn-the-commerce-clause/)

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 23, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about how to find a job if you struck out at OCI, or never tried it to begin with.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The job search framework from The Girl's Guide to Law School series by Katie Slater
  • Developing a big-picture view about your skills and strengths
  • Creating a list of all your contacts and keeping track of your communication with them
  • Trying a tiered approach, starting with your ideal jobs
  • Listing out the steps you need to take in the job search process and keeping track of your progress
  • Tips for mental and emotional well-being while handling an extensive search
  • Getting outside help, from coaches, mentors, family, or friends if you've hit a dead end

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-214-handling-an-extensive-job-search-outside-of-oci/)

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 16, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the importance of doing practice questions and getting feedback on your writing in preparation for exams.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The disconnect between class and exams
  • Where to find study materials and academic support to get started
  • Reviewing your work and getting feedback
  • How early in the semester should you start practicing, and when is it too late to be worth it?
  • What if you find that doing practice questions on your own is not going so well?
  • Practicing for multiple choice exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-213-why-practice-is-so-important-in-law-school/)

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 9, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how to bounce back after making a significant mistake -- one of those school, career, or personal screw ups that sometimes can be a major headache -- and what steps to take to ensure it doesn't happen again.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Assessing whether the mistake really is as big a deal as it appears at first
  • Looking at how famous people, such as politicians, deal with their own faux pas
  • Common scenarios where something can go wrong at school or work
  • How owning up and taking responsibility will go a long way to repairing the damage
  • Taking specific steps to make sure the mistake doesn't happen again
  • Where to look for help if you feel like you've made a mistake in your personal life

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-212-bouncing-back-from-a-major-mistake/)

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 2, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the idea of a capsule wardrobe, or how to choose staple pieces that will give you the versatility to easily create different outfits.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The characteristics of a capsule wardrobe
  • What to look for when shopping for a suit
  • Balancing professionalism and your own personal style
  • Online stores and subscription service options for people who don't like shopping for clothes
  • Moving clothes out of the closet if you never wear them
  • Reaching out to personal shoppers and tailors to help you find the best fit 

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-211-putting-together-a-capsule-wardrobe-as-a-law-student/)

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

Aug 26, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing how mindfulness practices can positively influence your brain and help you perform at your best by combating procrastination, worry, anxiety, anger, and sleep issues.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Alison and Lee were introduced to mindfulness practices
  • How paying attention to the good things that happen to you, instead of the bad ones, can really turn your day around
  • Some of the different types of meditation you could try
  • Using body scans to release stress
  • How yoga could contribute to your well-being
  • Why tactical breathing is used in the military and how it could benefit you
  • The fact that mindfulness doesn't have to be a huge commitment, but could make a big difference in how you feel

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Episode-210-Using-Mindfulness-Practices-as-a-Law-Student.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

Aug 19, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're here with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to discuss the ins and outs of job searches involving moving to another city from where you attend (or attended) law school.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is it a challenge to get a job in a different city, even if you attended a school that claims to be national?
  • Thinking about the questions recruiters will ask, and having a plausible explanation for wanting to move
  • Trying to get a summer job in the place where you want to end up, starting after 1L year
  • How to make the most out of your summer job position
  • Taking the local bar exam in the new place as soon as possible
  • Sadie's answers to some additional questions we've gotten on this topic, which you might have as well

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-209-job-hunting-in-a-city-where-youre-not-in-law-school/)

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

Aug 12, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about choosing the right hardware and software tools to streamline your life and keep you organized in law school.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Do you really need to upgrade your devices before starting law school?
  • Is the iPad Pro a legitimate replacement for a laptop?
  • Checking with your school and any stores you are buying from for possible student discounts offered
  • Different types of software you can use to organize your life
  • Ways to limit the use of your devices to minimize distractions

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-208-using-technology-effectively-in-law-school/)

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

Aug 5, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about networking nuts and bolts – what you need to know to feel comfortable mingling with strangers at cocktail parties, formal dinners, and more.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why lots of people find it intimidating to go to a networking cocktail party
  • The best ways to enter and leave a group conversation gracefully
  • How to handle your food/drink and still be able to shake hands or give out business cards
  • How to find people to talk to if you're not naturally extroverted
  • Good and bad topics to talk about
  • Dinner table basics for the more formal events
  • Following up with people you've met at the event

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-207-navigating-networking-events-as-a-law-student/)

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

Jul 29, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing some unexpected things we experienced when we started as 1Ls, so you can adjust to law school culture faster.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How the volume of activities and the importance of grades can be overwhelming at first
  • Why it could take some time to find people that you click with
  • The reality of having to figure most stuff out on your own
  • Schedules being less flexible than you might be used to
  • The importance of thinking about summer jobs early
  • Bringing out your inner entitled self and feeling confident you deserve your place in law school as much as anybody else

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-206-the-most-surprising-things-about-1l-year/)

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

Jul 22, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're chatting with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to get some interview tips for non-traditional law students who are trying to start a legal career.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Who is a non-traditional law student?
  • What kinds of challenges non-traditional students may face when trying to start a career in law
  • The importance of having a coherent story and explaining the value of your background 
  • How to handle inappropriate/illegal questions about family status, age, etc. that might be asked during an interview
  • Understanding the expectations of the job and making clear you are eager to do them, even if you have to start with entry-level tasks
  • The advantages of non-traditional students that employers see

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-205-navigating-interviews-as-a-non-traditional-law-student/)

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

Jul 15, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about LLM programs, focusing on foreign students who don't have a JD and are doing an LLM as their first exposure to the US legal system.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What are the characteristics of an LLM degree, and who is likely to do one?
  • What challenges foreign students should consider when thinking about starting an LLM in the US
  • The Socratic method of teaching, which is often used in US law schools
  • How you can prepare to do well in the LLM and get the most out of the experience
  • Planning ahead for the bar exam if you intend to sit for it
  • The importance of getting feedback on your writing if English is not your first language

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-204-advice-for-incoming-foreign-llm-students/)

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

Jul 8, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about some of the most common issues and questions we see in the law student job search.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What to do if you aren't sure of your long-term goals yet
  • How being proactive in your job can help you discover more opportunities
  • Typos and other common mistakes to avoid when it comes to resumes and cover letters
  • Tips for getting and successfully completing a summer job
  • An overview of on-campus interviewing, and how you can make a great impression there
  • The importance of preparing for each interview in advance 

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-203-job-search-qa-w-ex-biglaw-recruiter-sadie-jones/)

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

Jun 24, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today's episode is part of our Book Club series, and we're discussing some key takeaways from the book Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, by Dan Siegel.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How the book, Mindsight, can help you understand the brain science behind people's actions
  • Why we think the book is relevant for law students and lawyers
  • The idea of the river of integration, or successfully navigating between logic and emotion
  • Proof that it's never too late for neuroplasticity
  • Using the wheel of awareness to direct your thoughts, feelings, and perceptions

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-202-book-club-mindsight-the-new-science-of-personal-transformation/)

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

Jun 17, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we are chatting with Douglas Hand -- an attorney, author, and podcast host -- about his book The Laws of Style, working as a fashion lawyer, and "what to wear" tips for men in the legal profession.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The four fundamental suits that should be the first purchased by a young lawyer
  • Appropriate price points and brands for the first interview suit
  • The idea of the "capsule wardrobe"
  • What is good business casual attire, and what is just too casual?
  • Tips for people who dislike shopping
  • How to dress when working with clients from a different cultural background
  • The importance of dressing according to rank and the firm's culture
  • What it means to work in fashion law

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-201-fashion-law-mens-fashion-w-douglas-hand/)

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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