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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, 2019
Mar 25, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about what to focus on in class so that you can get the most out of the experience.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What going to class teaches you that books, outlines, and supplements cannot
  • Why paying attention to what your professor thinks is important is very important
  • Why in-class hypotheticals are so important to your understanding of the law, and to preparing for the exam
  • How class can help you learn to live with ambiguity and think like a lawyer
  • How learning the policy behind the laws can help you piece together what you learn into a coherent whole
  • Ways to enhance your listening and note-taking to set you up for success later
  • Why you should strongly consider handwriting your class notes
  • How to handle distractions and why you should really unplug in class

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-189-why-you-should-go-to-class-and-how-to-make-it-productive/)

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

Mar 18, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about how to make people hate you at work, so that, basically, you can avoid doing these things.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Things to avoid, such as being late on your first day of work!
  • How to make a good impression at social events (and how to make a bad one)
  • Why there is almost no excuse for not showing up or notifying a host that you can’t make an event
  • Why treating everyone with respect, always, is so important
  • Why you need to treat summer jobs as the start of your professional reputation
  • Why first drafts aren’t really drafts
  • That it’s your job to make your boss look good
  • Why you need to do your homework, and then ask good questions, to avoid surprises
  • How important communication is to success at work
  • What to do if you do mess up at work

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-188-making-people-hate-you-at-work/)

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

Mar 11, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about thinking on your feet when you're on the spot.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How practicing mindfulness when you aren’t stressed can help you cope when you’re on the spot
  • Why it is not just okay, but important, to take a breath, pause, and think before answering questions
  • The benefits of asking clarifying questions
  • Why paying close attention and using active listening techniques is useful
  • How to handle interruptions and other moments when you have to go “off-script”
  • Why speaking in class is a skill set that you can (and should) practice
  • How to project confidence even when you’re not feeling it

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-187-thinking-on-your-feet/)   

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

Mar 4, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're kicking off a new series: The Law School Toolbox Book Club. This is a chance for us to chat with you about the books we're reading and why you might want to check them out. Today we're talking about Becoming, by Michelle Obama.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The new autobiography, Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  • Some key takeaways about gender and race in the legal profession
  • Embracing a growth mindset and asking for you want
  • That even someone as accomplished as Michelle Obama can fail the bar!

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-186-book-club-becoming-by-michelle-obama/)

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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