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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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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

May 13, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about some creative, evidence-based ideas for remembering the material required for your law school exams.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why you should memorize important information even for open book exams
  • How learning the law properly plays into memorization
  • How to immerse yourself in law concepts in your everyday life
  • The value of acrostics in making studying lighter and more fun
  • Using visualization to make remembering the details easier
  • How to trigger your memory of a particular topic using narrative storylining
  • The memorization value of good old handwriting

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-196-memorization-techniques-for-law-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

Apr 15, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’re talking about some challenging scenarios you might encounter on law school exams.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What do to if your computer crashes during an exam
  • How to handle perceived cheating
  • Mitigating the damage if you realize your exam answer is totally wrong halfway through
  • Why it’s important to outline on paper before typing your answer
  • Tips for handling external issues or problems in the room
  • What do to if you get the wrong exam (it happens!)
  • Tricks to calm anxiety and stay focused during an exam

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Episode-192-On-Exam-Scenarios.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

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 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

Jan 21, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about setting yourself up to write a great seminar paper or journal note.

 In this episode we discuss:

  • Why selecting the right topic is probably the most important step in the writing process
  • How to productively engage with your professors, your mentors, and even your law librarians about your topic selection and your writing
  • Where to look for good topics that won’t bore you (and your readers) to death
  • The pros and cons of writing about circuit splits
  • How to balance finding an original topic with existing authority
  • Our own note and seminar paper problems – learn from our mistakes!

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-180-writing-a-great-seminar-paper-or-note/)   

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 12, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about some typical exam prep scenarios that you might find yourself tackling, so tune in and learn how to handle these common situations.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Common scenarios that law students face while preparing for exams
  • What to do if you haven’t started preparing for exams (Don’t panic! It’s never too late!)
  • Where to find the resources you need to prepare for exams
  • How leaning in to what you are least comfortable with can help you succeed
  • Why being confident is good, but being overconfident can be a trap
  • How to handle balancing exam prep with family and friends
  • Strategies and help for the all-too-common exam anxiety that strikes law students

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/LST-Ep-172-Tackling-Common-Exam-Prep-Scenarios.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

Nov 5, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're excited to be talking with Vikram Savkar, vice president and general manager of the education and training business for Wolters Kluwer Legal and Regulatory US, one of the largest publishers of legal casebooks, supplements, and other law related materials in the world, about how law school casebooks are changing in the digital era.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How legal casebooks have evolved over the last several years and some of the key features that digital casebooks have introduced to law school learning
  • What is the “Google Generation” and how are they learning differently than students did just 10 years ago?
  • Given how much everyone is on their devices these days and how “distracted” folks already are, are digital casebooks really a good idea?
  • What about reading comprehension – is reading on paper better for comprehension and retention?
  • The newest features of Connected Casebook (Wolters Kluwer’s digital casebook platform) and what the future of law school learning looks like

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/LST-Ep-171-Building-21st-Century-Casebook.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

Oct 29, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the Bluebook. You might be wondering, can there actually be an entire episode on this podcast just about the Bluebook? Oh, yes, there can be.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What the Bluebook is and why proper citations matter
  • How to cite a case – we walk through a case citation and talk about all the rules that are triggered
  • Why you don't want to leave points on the table in your legal writing citation work
  • Ways to get organized so that figuring out the right way to cite sources is faster and easier
  • Why it is absolutely necessary to set aside time for figuring out all your citations and then more time for proofreading just citations
  • Beware the short cites – in particular when re-arranging sections in your brief or memo

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LST-Ep-170-Lets-Talk-About-the-Bluebook.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

Oct 22, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’re talking about setting your priorities in law school when you're overwhelmed by your to-do list. This is the time in the semester when things get really busy and overwhelming, so tune in to find out how to tame your to-do list and get the most important stuff done.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The two biggest mistakes law students make – prioritizing the urgent over the important and neglecting self-care
  • What the difference is between urgent and important tasks on your to-do list and how to prioritize them (HINT: ROI – return on investment)
  • Three don’ts – don’t skip class; don’t over-prioritize certain tasks; and don’t forget self-care
  • Why it’s ok to leave something on the table; you might not finish 100% of your reading or brief every case, and that's okay
  • Self-care – make sure you’re sleeping, eating well, spending some time with loved ones outside of law school, and exercising

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LST-Ep-169-Setting-Priorities-in-Law-School.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

Oct 8, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about law school study groups and how to make the most of them (or if it's okay to skip them entirely). This topic came from a listener question so don’t be shy. Send us your questions – they might end up being an episode!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The law school mythology of the study group and why you don’t actually have to join one
  • Some common pitfalls to study groups, such as group anxiety
  • Why you shouldn't be afraid to leave a study group if it is not working for you and is a waste of your time
  • Whether a study group is actually the best way to learn the material – after all law school exams are not a group test and the other people in your study group are just students who likely don’t know any more than you do!
  • Things that your study group might be able to help with
  • Useful tips for organizing a productive study group – including lots of technology tools that can help you collaborate more efficiently
  • Alternatives to a full study group, to get some of the benefits without all the hassles!

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LST-Ep-167-Do-you-have-to-join-a-study-group.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

Aug 27, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about using laptops and other technology in law school – when to use them and when to leave them at home – because this is not as straightforward as it might seem.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Some of the “Pros” associated with note-taking on a laptop and why these don’t actually lead to increased retention or learning
  • Why using laptops can be so distracting – and how that affects more than just the student taking notes on her laptop
  • Whether or not it’s fair for professors to ban laptops in the classroom
  • Are there any students for whom laptop use may do more good than harm?
  • How to back up your hand-written notes
  • Some recommendations for handwriting your class notes

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/LST-Ep-161-Should-You-Use-Laptop-in-Law-School.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

Jul 23, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're doing a recap of our top 10 academic episodes, plus a few bonus ones. These aren't necessarily the most popular episodes, but the ones we think are the most useful!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Top podcasts for understanding the law school process
  • How law school differs from other disciplines you may have studied before
  • How to get through law school classes – including how to read cases, how to survive the dreaded Socratic Method, and the nitty gritty on supplements
  • Our top podcasts for helping you prepare to take exams
  • Bonus episodes on test anxiety, dealing with bad grades, and where to go for help in law school – it’s there, sometimes you just have to ASK!

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/LST-EP-156-Top-10-Academic-Podcasts.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 to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 28, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about handling toxicity in law school – whether it's bad behavior from your classmates or overbearing expectations from other people, including your parents, professors, friends, or even yourself.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Common sources of toxic behavior in law school – your parents, professors, classmates, and sometimes your friends
  • Consequences of too much toxicity – burn out, depression, and even substance abuse
  • How to handle the toxic behavior and its consequences and some possible resources to help you
  • Why one of the biggest sources of toxicity can be your own self-sabotaging behavior. We talk about how to identify it and give you some tips to deal with it.

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LST-Ep-148-Toxicity-in-Law-School.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/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 14, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're back for the last episode in our series on different learning styles to talk about study tips for visual learners in law school. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is a visual learner and how do you know if you are one?
  • Specific visual learning techniques and tools anyone can use to study more effectively
  • Why a study group may NOT be the best use of your time
  • Things to avoid for visual learners

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LST-Ep-146-Tips-for-Visual-Learners.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/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 7, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! This week, we're continuing our series on strategies for different learning styles, with tips for kinesthetic learners. Even if this isn't your preferred learning style, there's lots of advice you can use to mix things up a bit and make your studying even more effective!

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is a kinesthetic learner and how do you know if you are one?
  • Why there is no one-size-fits-all method for learning different material
  • Several techniques anyone can try – including some things that may surprise you!
  • Ways to stay focused in class, if you tend to zone out
  • The reality that some things you’ve been told your entire academic career NOT to do may actually work for you
  • Things to avoid for kinesthetic learners

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LST-EP-145-Tips-for-Kinesthetic-Learners.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/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

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 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

 

Mar 26, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we’re doing a live issue spotting exercise on a real exam question, to show you how to use the facts to identify legal issues. This is exactly what you need to do on exam day, so tune in!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A real California bar exam question and the issues it contains
  • Why you need to learn how to carefully read fact patterns
  • How to analyze a question and make legal and factual distinctions on exam day
  • The importance of following the call of the question
  • Why the number one piece of advice of the Law School Toolbox continues to be - PRACTICE

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Episode-139-How-To-Issue-Spot-An-Exam-Question.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

Mar 5, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how to attack multiple choice questions on a law school exam - something we're seeing a lot more of these days!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why we are seeing more multiple choice questions on law school exams
  • The right answer versus the best answer - how legal multiple choice questions are different than other multiple choice exams
  • We walk you through a sample multiple choice question and give you tips on how to approach it
  • How and why practicing multiple choice questions can help you study even if your exam doesn't include them
  • Where to find more practice questions

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Episode_136_Multiple-Choice-Questions-on-Law-School-Exams.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts0 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). 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/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jan 8, 2018

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast and to a whole new year! Today, we're talking about taking stock, regrouping, and a few resolutions you might want to consider for the new school year.

January can be a rough time in law school. The weather is terrible in lots of places, the holiday break is over, and of course, grades are coming in. However, the first few weeks of the spring semester are a great time to evaluate what worked for you – and what didn’t work – last semester.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Grades: How important are they, and what do they mean for the future of your legal career?
  • Action steps for the first few weeks of spring semester
  • How to talk to your professors about your exams
  • Reevaluating your study resources and making changes as necessary – academic support at your school, private tutoring, and study groups
  • Maintaining or regaining life balance: Therapy, exercise, and social life
  • Suggested New Year’s Resolutions for law students!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Episode-128-Regrouping-in-January.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). 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/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Nov 3, 2017

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today we're talking about transferring law schools after your 1L year. There are many different reasons why a law student might apply for a transfer, but in any case, you’ll have to go through the application process – again – and that takes thought and effort. Our special guest is Mihal Ansik, who graduated from Harvard Law School as a transfer student, and currently works to provide legal services and education tools to women working to reunify with their children and families after incarceration. She has great insight into the transfer process, so if you are considering transferring, tune in!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Mihal’s decision to transfer to Harvard Law School
  • What to focus on as a 1L if you intend to apply for a transfer
  • Elements of a law school transfer application
  • Timing for working on and submitting your application?
  • How many schools should you apply to?
  • Factors to consider when deciding whether to accept a transfer if you are accepted
  • Adjusting to your new school

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Episode-122-How-to-Transfer-Law-Schools-with-Mihal-Ansik.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). 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/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 2, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we’re talking about a subject no one likes to think about: midterms. Law school midterms are becoming more and more common, especially for 1Ls. If you’re a 1L, this will be the first time you stare down the barrel of a law school exam – and get a grade, which can be intimidating! Tune in while Lee and Alison discuss what you need to know about law school midterms.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The value of midterm exams for students
  • How seriously should you take midterms?
  • Types of midterm exams you might see
  • How to prepare, and resources you can turn to for help
  • The significance of a midterm grade, whether you did really well, or not so well

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Episode-117-Surviving-Midterms.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). 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/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 18, 2017

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we're chatting about settling into law school after your first month. The first four or five weeks of class can be a really pivotal turning point for a lot of students, especially 1Ls. But there’s still plenty of adjusting that happens in your 2L and 3L years, too, with each year presenting unique challenges.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Taking stock of what’s going on: getting used to the law school workload, ramping up to LRW assignments, and starting your outlines
  • For 2Ls and 3Ls: balancing academics with the job search, interviews, traveling, and extracurriculars
  • Checking in and evaluating your class prep, class time, and overall study schedule and strategy: How is it working for you?
  • What are your next step?
  • Evaluating your stress levels and prioritizing self-care
  • Where to look for help and resources
  • What you can do now to get ready for the February bar exam

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Episode-115-Settling-into-Law-School.docx.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). 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/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

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