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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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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

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 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 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 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

May 20, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Rachel Gezerseh about how to find a legal job you'll actually like, and how to break into BigLaw if that's what you're looking for.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Rachel's own journey from theater to law
  • The importance of exploring different opportunities through informational interviews and networking
  • Practical skills you should be developing while in law school to prepare for the job market
  • The best ways to break into BigLaw and get a job that would be a great fit for you
  • How to shake off the imposter syndrome for good and feel confident in your abilities
  • What does it take to be a happy BigLaw lawyer

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-197-career-advice-from-lawyer-writer-rachel-gezerseh/)

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 29, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about what to do if you're graduating (or have graduated) from law school, and you find yourself without a job, not wanting to practice law, and not sure how to figure out what to do next!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why it's a good idea to sit for the bar, even if you're not sure you want to be a lawyer (and which exam to take)
  • The advantages (besides just paying the bills) of working side jobs while you are figuring out what to do next
  • The importance of meeting people through networking and conferences
  • How going on a short retreat can help you clear your mind, refocus, and come up with new ideas
  • Ways to hold yourself accountable and stay organized, so you can avoid procrastination
  • The danger of some pitfalls you might fall into while thinking about what you want to be doing in the future

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-194-you-dont-want-to-be-a-lawyer-what-now/)

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 1, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about how to pass the dreaded interview "happy hour test."

In this episode we discuss:

  • What the "happy hour test" is
  • Why you can’t forget to prepare for the social aspects of interviewing
  • Red flag behaviors and conversation topics to avoid
  • Why having and showing personality and healthy confidence is a good thing
  • How to walk the line between arrogance and confidence
  • Small things to do to start the interview off on a good note
  • How to hold up your end of the conversation
  • Why it is so important to be nice to everyone, not just your interviewer

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-190-interview-happy-hour-test/)

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

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 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

Jan 28, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're excited to be talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about negotiating job offers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The difference between a BigLaw offer and other job offers
  • What you can negotiate – it’s not just about the salary!
  • How to figure out what salary to shoot for when negotiating an entry-level position
  • How to balance aiming high with being realistic
  • What to do if you get a job offer on the spot
  • Why you really have to diligently read your contract!

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-181-negotiating-a-job-offer-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

 

 

Jan 14, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about what to do if you don't have a summer job yet. It's too soon to panic!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The difference between the 1L and 2L summer job hunt
  • Why it’s not time to panic, but it is time to take action
  • Why networking is key and how to get started
  • How to use your law school’s resources to your advantage
  • Organization, and how to use technology to streamline your job hunt process
  • Job hunting and networking etiquette – how to stand out as a professional
  • Why location is almost as important as what job you get

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-179-what-to-do-if-you-still-dont-have-a-summer-job-wex-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

Dec 10, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Kelsey Russell, a writer for the Law School Toolbox and a recent federal judicial clerk, about clerkships.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The day-to-day experiences of a law clerk
  • Who should clerk?
  • When should you clerk?
  • What will you learn?
  • The intangible benefits of clerking
  • The future of the clerkship hiring plan
  • Tips for clerkship applications and interviews

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-176-talking-judicial-clerkships-with-kelsey-russell/)  

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 3, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're excited to have ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, with us to discuss the most common questions we get about job interviewing as a law student.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The research you must do before any job interview and how to use it
  • What to wear
  • What to bring (and what not to bring)
  • Special considerations for the virtual interview
  • How to deal with the awkward interviewer
  • Thank you notes – yes or no?
  • How to get help if you struggle with interviewing

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-175-top-interview-questions-with-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

Nov 19, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're excited to have ex-recruiter Sadie Jones with us to answer the most common questions we've been getting about resumes and cover letters.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why you should almost always stick to a one-page resume
  • How and why it’s important to insert some personality into your resume
  • What work experiences to include and which ones you can leave off your resume
  • How to get help improving your resume 
  • What goes in a cover letter, and why you really DO have to write one
  • Where and how to address resume gaps, bad grades, and other common hiccups

Resources:

Download Episode Transcript: https://lawschooltoolbox.com/lst-ep-173-faqs-about-resumes-and-cover-letters-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

Oct 15, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about ways to handle rejection in a professional manner. While some law students may not have already experienced rejection or failure, it will happen and that's ok - so tune in to learn how to respond professionally.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why this even matters and when you may face rejection in law school
  • What NOT to do when reacting to a rejection from a job, law review position, or even a judge’s ruling (including a horror story or two)
  • How to respond gracefully, even if you’re upset, surprised, or about to cry!
  • The truth about why people get rejected – it's most often not personal – and how to salvage the relationship for the future (because the legal world is small)
  • When is it ok to ask “why?” and how to respond to feedback (Note: whatever you do, do not get defensive or argue!)
  • Best ways to make amends if you DO react badly or unprofessionally

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LST-Ep-168-How-to-Handle-Rejection-w-Sadie.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 1, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, joins us to talk about how to frame your job search story. You may be thinking that you don’t have a story, but we all have a story! So we're exploring how to make sure your story makes sense.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What do we mean by your “job search story”?
  • Tips on how to make sure your materials are telling your potential employer the story you want to tell – one that’s relevant AND truthful
  • Cover letters – and why they’re a golden opportunity to craft your story that you should never pass up
  • How to deal with non-linear career paths
  • Dos: get a LinkedIn profile, get feedback on your resume, proofread
  • Don’ts: put a language you’re not truly fluent in, be defensive when getting feedback, make mistakes or typos in your materials

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LST-Ep-166-Frame-Your-Job-Search-Story-w-Sadie.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 24, 2018

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

In this episode, we discuss:

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

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LST-Ep-165-What-is-Elevator-Pitch-and-Do-you-need-one.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 17, 2018

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

In this episode, we discuss:

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

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LST-Ep-164-Post-OCI-No-Offer-w-Sadie.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 3, 2018

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

In this episode, we discuss:

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

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/LST-Ep-162-Professional-Development-for-New-Lawyers.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Aug 13, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about the secret life of large law firms. If you think you want to work in a large law firm someday, don’t miss this episode as we dive into the unique culture of BigLaw.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The unique work culture of large law firms and the myriad personalities the of people who work there (aka, why BigLaw is so weird)
  • Things not to do, if you don't want to look like a jerk
  • How to really get on the partnership track – if that’s what you want – and the reality of the pyramid structure at large law firms
  • The truth about partnership at large firms – it’s not the golden ticket it once was
  • Dress codes – are all firms the same and does it really matter what you wear?
  • Tips for fleshing out the unspoken expectations and rules that often exist in BigLaw around billable hours, travel time and expenses, and office face time
  • What unlimited vacation REALLY means

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/LST-Ep-159-Secret-Life-of-Law-Firms-w-Sadie.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Aug 6, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about law school fashion. What to wear (and maybe what not to wear) to law school classes, job interviews, and other law school events.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Do you need to even worry about what to wear to class?
  • Balancing your professional self and your authentic self 
  • Why it's fine not to get creative with your fashion choices
  • Some solid rules of thumb – like ALWAYS wear a suit to an interview
  • Dressing the part for the role you want and building confidence in the process
  • Easy ways to build a professional wardrobe and the benefits of keeping it simple

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/LST-Ep-158-What-to-wear-and-not-to-wear.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

Jul 30, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about OCI offers and how to handle them with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones. If you're hoping to be a summer associate, tune in!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A full breakdown of the offer process and what you can expect
  • Your responsibilities in the offer process – for example, how many offers you're supposed to have open at any time – and where to find that information
  • What to consider when deciding which offer to accept
  • Some reminders if you’re accepting an offer in another location. Guess what? You need to figure out where you’re going to live - the firm won’t do that for you!
  • How and when to decline an offer

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/LST-157-Handling-OCI-Offers-w-Sadie.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 16, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're continuing our series of "What not to do" episodes with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, and we're talking about Callback Interviews.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Tips for handling the “lunch” interview including what NOT to do
  • Key things to prepare for in callback interviews that are different from the initial interview
  • What firms are really looking for in callback interviews
  • Important resume tips that apply to any job search
  • Special considerations when the firm is paying for you to travel to the interview

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/LST-EP-155-Top-Callback-Mistakes-to-Avoid-w-Sadie.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter to make sure you never miss an episode!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

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