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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: February, 2019
Feb 25, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones, about how to start thinking about your 2L job search when you're still a 1L.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What your priority should be at this point in your 1L year
  • How to get organized and set yourself up for success
  • Why you should engage with your Career Services office sooner rather than later
  • How to maximize your 1L summer experience in your 2L job search
  • Why networking both on and off campus can pay off
  • How to stand out by being prepared and polished from the start of your job search

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-185-thinking-about-the-2l-job-search-as-a-1l-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

Feb 18, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking with Lyssa Thaden of AccessLex Institute, a non-profit which works to increase accessibility and affordability for law students, about student loans and other financial topics.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Student debt, and what you need to consider before you choose law school
  • How to increase your access to scholarship dollars
  • Why being realistic about your finances and your future is key to avoiding the worst-case scenarios
  • Why making a budget and cutting your living expenses can pay off after you graduate
  • How to plan for the post-graduation bar exam expenses (and why you need to!)
  • Strategies and resources for graduates who are struggling with repayment

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-184-money-money-money-w-lyssa-thaden/)  

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

 

 

Feb 11, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about when and how to change direction in your job search.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How you know it’s time to change direction in your job hunt
  • How to best use your time, energy, and network
  • Why you need to be realistic and honest with yourself
  • Who to ask for feedback, and what feedback you need
  • Why it’s time to just get started!

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-183-changing-course-in-the-job-hunt-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

Feb 4, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're talking to Jennifer Warren about the realities of motherhood, and parenthood in general, in the legal profession.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How you know it is the “right” time for children
  • What to consider about your job and career when thinking about having children
  • How to balance your life and job with the physical reality of being pregnant
  • When to tell your coworkers and boss that you’re pregnant
  • How to plan for your parental leave and childcare
  • How social media can be a game changer for finding information and support as a new mom
  • Pumping, bottle-feeding, and why feeding your baby isn’t always as simple as it seems

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-182-motherhood-in-the-legal-profession-w-jennifer-warren/)

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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