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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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Aug 12, 2019

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

In this episode we discuss:

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

Resources:

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

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

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 29, 2019

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

In this episode we discuss:

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

Resources:

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

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

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 24, 2019

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

In this episode we discuss:

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

Resources:

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

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

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 17, 2019

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

In this episode we discuss:

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

Resources:

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

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

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 10, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, in our special 200th episode, we are focusing on the importance of developing "soft skills" that seem like they wouldn't matter that much (in law school and in life), but turn out to be really critical for success and happiness.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What are some crucial soft skills that will help you get through law school successfully and achieve your goals later in life?
  • Finding ways to deal with stress, anxiety, disappointments, and failure
  • The importance of reaching out for help if you feel like you're stuck
  • How to maintain your equilibrium when future clients share tough stories with you
  • The neuroscience involved in training our brain

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-200-the-most-surprising-thing-weve-learned-about-success/)

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

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 3, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're chatting with special guest Molly Bowen -- lawyer and author of the children’s book, Mommy Lawyer -- about the challenges involved in balancing parenthood and a career (and how to explain a demanding job to your kids).

In this episode we discuss:

  • Molly's story of being in law school and taking the bar exam while pregnant, and her advice for women in the same situation
  • The inspiration behind the book Mommy Lawyer and some of the important messages in it
  • What you should consider when making plans involving a career and parenthood
  • The challenges kids of lawyers (and working parents in general) face, and how you can explain your job to them so they understand
  • What you can do to contribute to your kids' school even as a working parent
  • How to strike a work/life balance that both you and your children are happy with

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-199-balancing-parenthood-and-a-demanding-job-w-molly-bowen/)

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 27, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about ways to minimize the hassle of moving and handling other life logistics as you get ready to start law school.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Different (safe) housing and transit options if you have to relocate
  • Planning ahead for the move 
  • How and when to notify a current job that you're leaving
  • Setting up the utilities in your new home
  • Cheaper food options that are still a great choice
  • Why you don't have to give up things important to your lifestyle, such as exercise or a religious space 
  • What do you need for a comfortable living space?

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-198-pre-1l-life-logistics/)

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 8, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about what we learned about relationships at the Wisdom 2.0 conference we recently attended.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Relationships in the workplace and how they can foster growth
  • Why learning to cope with emotionally-challenging work can make you better at your job
  • How lawyers tend to neglect their emotional brain and how this can impact your work life
  • Why it’s important to be a better communicator and steps to do so
  • How to advocate to a superior about why your skills are better used elsewhere (not on boring document review)
  • The importance of paying attention to what and how you are emailing 

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Episode-191-Wisdom-2.0-What-We-Learned-About-Relationships-1.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 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

 

 

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 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

Jan 7, 2019

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about resolutions we suggest for the new year and new semester. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Being organized, and why multitasking is a trap
  • Finding the tools to make your life work better
  • The importance of self-care, especially during stressful seasons
  • How to set yourself up for success by learning from your past mistakes
  • Why now is the time to start thinking about summer jobs and bar prep
  • Getting your finances squared away so you can stress less now and in the future

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Episode-178-New-Years-and-Semesters-Resolutions-3.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

Dec 17, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Travis Hornsby, founder and CEO of Student Loan Planner, about everyone's least favorite topic, law school debt.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What people should be thinking about regarding debt before starting law school
  • What programs are available to make your debt work for your life
  • The truth about Public Service Loan Forgiveness 
  • Debt strategies for public interest lawyers and those in BigLaw
  • Why putting your head in the sand about your debt is the worst possible choice
  • The money mistakes even smart attorneys are making, and how to avoid them

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-177-student-loan-debt-w-expert-travis-hornsby/)  

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!

One final note: we will be taking two weeks off the podcast for the holidays. Look for our next new episode on January 7th. We wish you all a restful and happy holiday season!

Thanks for listening! 

Alison & Lee

Aug 20, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're doing a recap of our top 10 law school survival episodes. Not necessarily the most popular ones on these topics, but the ones we think are the most useful!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The best episodes for time and life management skills and strategies for productivity
  • Tips for avoiding disasters in law school – both in the classroom and in your personal life
  • The importance of mindset and how you can use it to succeed in law school
  • How to build positive relationships with classmates, professors, and other mentors
  • How to handle challenges in law school – from seeking accommodations when warranted to addressing mental health issues, including anxiety and substance abuse

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/LST-Ep-160-Top-10-Surviving-Law-School-Podcast-Eps.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

Jun 4, 2018

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about getting your finances in order for (and during) law school, because this can be a very challenging aspect of the law school experience. 

And thanks to Warby Parker, maker of extremely reasonably priced and convenient prescription glasses, for sponsoring this episode!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why is money stuff so challenging in law school?
  • Some tips on how to make smart financial decisions while in law school – from smaller things like taking advantage of free or discounted services at your school to big things like being a part-time student
  • Ways to save money on the necessities of life
  • Why to create a budget and resources that make it easier to make a realistic budget and stick to it
  • Some real talk on the realities of student loan repayment (HINT: this is NOT free money)

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LST-Ep-149-Saving-Money-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 to make sure you never miss an episode! 

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Feb 19, 2018

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're sharing personal productivity tips you can use to organize your life and get everything done. Working effectively isn’t just important for law school, but for life as a whole. In this podcast, we talk about different systems, strategies, and considerations you can explore to create a productivity plan that works for you.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The productivity management tool, Trello – and why we’re so obsessed
  • The importance of recording your to-dos, and recording them all in one place
  • Mise-en-place: What you can learn about productivity from professional chefs
  • Immersive time vs. process time
  • How to create and commit to processes for dealing with your life, instead of winging it as things come up

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Episode-134-Personal-Productivity.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 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 22, 2018

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we're talking about how to go about making difficult decisions in law school, because, let's be honest, you'll almost certainly have to make some. Now that the first semester is over, this is the time of year when many law students face a variety of choices about the direction their legal education and career. In this podcast, we talk about some of these dilemmas specifically, and offer suggestions for how to approach your decision-making process.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Should you stay, or should you go? Deciding whether to drop out
  • Which jobs should you apply for? And which should you accept?
  • Choosing a clinic or externship
  • Deciding whether to join a journal, and which one
  • How to spend your time in law school, on a daily or weekly basis, or over a semester
  • Different tools for helping you make thoughtful decisions
  • Dealing with resistance to or disapproval of your choice
  • Trusting your instincts

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Episode-130-Making-Difficult-Decisions-in-Law-School.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 13, 2017

Welcome back! Today, we are talking about a very serious and important topic: mental health in the legal profession. The staggering statistics and heartbreaking stories of depression, substance abuse, and even suicide in law schools and in our legal profession have raised our concerns and the concerns of others. Because of this, we have reached out to attorney-turned-executive consultant and licensed psychotherapist, Sarah Weinstein, to talk about this topic.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The sobering statistics on depression and substance abuse among law students and lawyers
  • Is there something inherent to law school and the legal profession that leads to such mental health concerns?
  • Effects of competition, debt, and a down job market on law students
  • Effects of stress, conflict, and high-stakes matters on lawyers
  • Signs that you or someone you know might need to seek professional help
  • What can be done to change this mental health climate?

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Episode-123-Mental-Health-and-the-Legal-Profession.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 4, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're here with Law School Toolbox writer and 2L, Shirlene Armstrong, to talk about her experiences being a first-generation college and law student. From deciding to go to law school, to getting in, to becoming familiar with the culture and thriving, the process is challenging for everyone, but can be especially intimidating if you have no personal point of reference for what to expect. But it’s possible, and Shirlene is proof!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Shirlene’s decision to go to law school
  • How being the first person in her family to go to college and law school has impacted her experience
  • The law school application process for applicants who aren’t from the “typical” law student background, including personal statements and application fees
  • Choosing the law school that’s right for you
  • Making friends, finding mentors, and connecting with professors
  • Landing a job in law school and during the summer break
  • The challenges of commuting
  • Shirlene’s advice for anyone who feels out of place in law school, or is considering going to law school as a first-generation law student

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Episode-113-First-Generation-Law-Student.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

Aug 28, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we’re talking about one of the keys to success in law school – managing distractions. We live in a world of ever-increasing distractions. From technology, to analysis paralysis, to life’s ongoing drama, there are a million things you can turn your attention to at any given moment. Learn to master distractions in law school and you’ll have greater success, not only academically, but in your law career and in life as well.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Internet, social media and technology – put the phone down!
  • How overthinking and mental clutter block your focus
  • Offloading mental clutter with systems and habits
  • Life and relationships – setting healthy boundaries and efficiently taking care of your needs
  • Avoiding seeing distractions as a result of boredom
  • Improving concentration though improved sleeping habits
  • ADD/ADHD: even mild cases can manifest differently in the law school environment

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Episode-112-Managing-Distractions.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

Aug 14, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we’re revisiting one of our favorite topics, mindset. Our very first podcast was on this topic, specifically discussing fixed mindset vs. growth mindset as explored by Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New information seems to suggest that focusing too much on grit and mindset might actually be harmful for learning. So, what’s the deal??

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Fixed mindset vs. growth mindset: What does this mean and how does it link to success?
  • Is focusing on mindset and grit actually harmful?
  • Things to consider or evaluate when you hit points of struggle
  • The many facets of embracing failure
  • Seeking support from peers and experts
  • Learning systems, habits, and strategies for success other than mindset

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Episode-110-Mindset-Revisited.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

 

Aug 7, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today we have a special guest on the podcast, Meg Keene. Meg is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Practical Wedding, (the top independently-held wedding publication in the world), the author of two books (A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner), and the creator of a new project, The Compact. Although Meg is not a lawyer, she is married to one, so we consider her part of the club. She's also a kick-ass entrepreneur with a lot of very interesting things to say, so tune in!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The path to entrepreneurship and what you need to know to be successful
  • Challenges of running a business as a woman and mother
  • Balancing politics and her decision to include a social mission as part of her business
  • How to remain authentic in sharing your experiences while maintaining some privacy
  • The effort required to create and maintain a social media presence
  • Being in a relationship with a law student and lawyer

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Episode-109-Life-and-Entreprenuership-with-Guest-Meg-Keene.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

Jul 24, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today we're talking about building relationships in law school with everyone from professors to classmates and potential employers. Of course grades are important, but building relationships can not only make your law school experience more pleasant, it can open doors of opportunity in the future.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why relationships matter
  • How to get to know your professors
  • Different opportunities to interact with your professors, in and out of the classroom
  • Developing relationships with your classmates
  • School activities and social outlets that foster meaningful interaction
  • Getting to know other people at your law school in administration or different programs
  • How to meet lawyers and non-lawyers in the community through bar association events, pro bono work, charity fundraising events, etc.
  • Finding mentors and sponsors

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Episode-107-Building-Relationships-in-Law-School.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

May 8, 2017

Welcome back! Today, we’re excited to have as our guest the founder of Financial Panther, a personal finance blog created for young professionals. Kevin paid off all his law school loans in a little over two years and has a lot of insight into how to stay financially grounded once you enter the legal profession.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Kevin paid off his law school loans so quickly
  • The impact of scholarship offers on law school decisions
  • Calculating how much debt you can really take on
  • Living like a student after you’ve started making money
  • How to work the side-hustle in and after law school
  • Common financial mistakes students and young lawyers make
  • Giving yourself some financial breathing room to prepare for the uncertainties of life
  • Assessing competing financial priorities and decisions when you first enter the workforce
  • Is law school really worth it, financially speaking?

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode_96_-_Financial_Panther2-2.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

May 1, 2017

Welcome back! Today we’re talking about a perennial 1L problem area: organizing your time and your life so you can get everything done in law school and still be a somewhat normal human being. Law school requires a lot of time, but so do other important areas of your life. Find out how to fit everything in without having a breakdown!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The law school obligations that need to find a place in your schedule
  • Non-academic activities that you might consider scheduling as well
  • Time-saving strategies for handling mundane, but necessary, errands
  • Making productive use of study breaks during off-peak hours of the day
  • The importance of sleep and concentrated focus (vs. multitasking)
  • Maintaining open, honest communication with the other people in your life about your law school time demands
  • Various apps and tools to help you gain control over your time and stick to your schedule

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode_95_-_Top_Incoming_1L_Questions_Time_Management-1.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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