The Law School Toolbox Podcast: Tools for Law Students from 1L to the Bar Exam, and Beyond

By Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess - Law School Toolbox, LLC

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Nathan
 Feb 8, 2020
Solid tips and helpful information for preparing for, and thriving in law school. No gimmicky nonsense.

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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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249: Changes to the LSAT Due to COVID-19 (with Steve Schwartz)
32:49

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're chatting with guest Steve Schwartz -- founder of the LSAT Blog -- about changes happening to the LSAT because of COVID-19.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The new online LSAT-Flex
  • Has the format of the test changed?
  • What technology you'll need if taking the LSAT at home
  • How testers are attempting to curb cheating on the LSAT-Flex
  • How to choose between the remote and the in-person test
  • What if you need extended time or other accommodations?
  • "Study with me" and other techniques to help you practice for taking the LSAT at home

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-249-changes-to-the-lsat-due-to-covid-19-with-steve-schwartz/)

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 01, 2020
248: Listen and Learn -- Introduction to Homicide
21:59

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! This is another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about homicide.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The two broad categories of homicide
  • The four elements of malice aforethought
  • What is "statutory interpretation"?
  • Analyzing two criminal law questions, from the February 2007 and February 2008 California bar exams
  • Classifying a homicide as first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or manslaughter
  • Why you need to consider every fact in the question
  • How "because" is one of the most important words you can use on most law school essay exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-248-listen-and-learn-introduction-to-homicide/)

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 25, 2020
247: Mastering Behavioral Interviews (w/Sadie Jones)
32:33

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about what behavioral interviews are and how you can prepare to handle them if you encounter one.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What exactly is a behavioral interview?
  • Some examples of common behavioral interview questions
  • What the interviewer can learn about you from this type of questioning
  • Employing the STAR technique to answer behavioral questions
  • The danger of overpreparing your answers
  • How to frame a positive story

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-247-mastering-behavioral-interviews-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

May 18, 2020
246: Influence of the LSAT on the Law School Admission Process (with Shirag Shemmassian)
37:00

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have special guest Dr. Shirag Shemmassian of Shemmassian Academic Consulting back with us to talk about how the LSAT's influence over the admission process has changed recently and why some schools are now accepting the GRE.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Do you still have to take the LSAT if you want to go to law school?
  • What if you've already taken the GRE?
  • What is considered a "good" LSAT score?
  • Balancing studying with working
  • Dealing with disappointing test results
  • How do LSAT scores correlate to success in law school?
  • Being open to different opportunities for jobs in the legal field

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-246-influence-of-the-lsat-on-the-law-school-admission-process-with-shirag-shemmassian/)

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 11, 2020
245: Listen and Learn -- Promissory Estoppel
12:54

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! This is another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about promissory estoppel.

In this episode we discuss:

  • When is a promise breakable, and when is it a contract?
  • What is inadequate consideration?
  • Analyzing a question from the July 2002 California bar exam
  • Breach of contract and reliance damages
  • Why reasoning is more important than the conclusion on law school exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-245-listen-and-learn-promissory-estoppel/)

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 04, 2020
244: Listen and Learn -- Negligence Per Se
13:47

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! This is another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about negligence per se.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The four elements of negligence
  • How will you know when negligence per se appears on a Torts exam?
  • What if the facts don't specify the language of the statute?
  • Analyzing two essay questions, from the July 2010 and July 2004 California bar exams
  • How to structure a successful negligence per se analysis

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-244-listen-and-learn-negligence-per-se/)

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 27, 2020
243: Pushing OCI Back to the Winter of 2021 (w/Sadie Jones)
27:24

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about on-campus interviewing moving to the winter of 2021, rather than being held in the summer, as it typically has been.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Balancing your course load in the fall semester
  • The new timeline for OCI
  • Pros and cons of having additional time before interviews start
  • A look at how the legal job world has had to make adjustments before
  • Paying careful attention to all communications from your school
  • Having a Plan B if OCI doesn't work out

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-243-pushing-oci-back-to-the-winter-of-2021-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

Apr 20, 2020
242: COVID-19 Considerations for (Potentially) Incoming 1Ls
35:45

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how potential 1Ls can think through whether to start law school in the fall, given the current uncertainty due to COVID-19.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Being prepared for the possibility of online learning
  • If classes are virtual, do you even move to the area?
  • Seeking additional financial aid
  • In what cases does it makes sense to defer?
  • What might happen to the legal job market?
  • Could some schools be in danger of closing?

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-242-covid-19-considerations-for-potentially-incoming-1ls/)

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 16, 2020
241: Tips for Virtual Job Interviews
30:05

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with guest Sadie Jones about best practices when it comes to handling virtual job interviews, which you may be experiencing more frequently for the foreseeable future.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of virtual interviews?
  • The technical side of phone and video calls
  • What should you have in front of you for reference?
  • How you can test your preparedness
  • Answering possible questions regarding the current situation
  • Tips for panel-type interviews

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-241-tips-for-virtual-job-interviews/)

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 13, 2020
240: Transitioning to Open Book Take-Home Exams
34:26

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how to make a smooth transition to open book and take-home exams, since law schools are likely to use them this semester.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Different types of take-home exams
  • The difficulty level of open book take-home exams compared to traditional in-class ones
  • Why it's still important to know the law for take-home exams
  • How to create effective cheat sheets and outlines
  • Preparing the logistics and technology you'll need
  • Structuring your time in advance
  • Reaching out with questions well ahead of the exam

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-240-transitioning-to-open-book-take-home-exams/)

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 09, 2020
239: Looking to History to Assess the Impact of COVID-19 on the Legal Job Market
26:41

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're welcoming back Sadie Jones to talk about the impact the coronavirus might have on the legal job market, based on some historical context.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The financial crisis of 2008 and its impact on the job market
  • How law firms handled summer associate programs
  • What about people they'd made offers to, but who hadn't started yet?
  • What happened to associates who were already working?
  • Where to look for opportunities in all the chaos?
  • Our advice for students who are in the middle of a job search now

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-239-looking-to-history-to-assess-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-the-legal-job-market/)

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 06, 2020
238: Pass/Fail Grading in the Time of COVID-19
40:21

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about what different law schools are doing about grades in light of the COVID-19 new reality.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Adapting to the new (and hopefully temporary) reality created by the coronavirus
  • How different law schools plan to implement the pass/fail system
  • Are any law schools still opting for traditional grades?
  • What consequences can we expect as a result of pass/fail grading?
  • Looking for internal motivation in the absence of competition over grades

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-238-pass-fail-grading-in-the-time-of-covid-19/)

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 02, 2020
237: Handling Resume and Cover Letter Difficulties (w/Sadie Jones)
32:40

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're excited to have former BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones back with us to talk about difficulties you might be wondering how to handle on your resume and cover letter.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Being prepared to explain gaps on your resume
  • Presenting non-related educational background or work experience as a positive
  • Drawing the interviewer's attention to your strengths
  • Should you try explaining any issues in your cover letter?
  • Is it ever okay to lie (or shade the truth) on your resume?
  • How do you know when you're oversharing unnecessarily?

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-237-handling-resume-and-cover-letter-difficulties-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

Mar 30, 2020
236: Coping with COVID-19 in Law School
39:54

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing some ideas for ways to cope with the challenges that COVID-19 poses for law schools and life in general.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The most important consideration in this situation - your health
  • Tips for adapting to virtual classes
  • Minimizing distractions when studying at home
  • Preparing for the scenario of take-home and/or open book exams
  • Handling the logistics of daily living
  • Coping with heightened stress and anxiety
  • Tools that can help you set up a routine

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-236-coping-with-covid-19-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

Mar 23, 2020
235: Maintaining Motivation in the Second Semester
30:23

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the reasons why it's a struggle to stay motivated in the second semester, and things you can do to get your focus back.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why motivation generally drops during the winter and spring time
  • Reconnecting to your "Why"
  • Taking time off to recharge
  • Setting up a serious study schedule
  • Letting yourself be less of a perfectionist
  • How sometimes looking for outside help is the answer

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-235-maintaining-motivation-in-the-second-semester/)

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 16, 2020
234: How Will Transferring Law Schools Impact the Job Search? (w/Sadie Jones)
29:36

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones here with us to talk about the career aspects of transferring law schools.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Will transferring help you get a better job for 2L summer and later on?
  • How the OCI process might work at the new school
  • Formulating your reasons for transferring in preparation for job interviews
  • Do firms look at the original school or only the graduation school?
  • Are there any downsides to transferring from a job search point of view?
  • Types of career-enhancing options available to transfer students
  • Overall, is transferring seen as a positive or more of a negative?

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-234-how-will-transferring-law-schools-impact-the-job-search-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

Mar 09, 2020
233: Starting a Small Law Firm (w/guest Stephanie Everett of Lawyerist)
30:44

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with guest Stephanie Everett -- President at Lawyerist and co-author of the recent book The Small Firm Roadmap -- about the process of starting and growing a law practice.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Stephanie's background and her work at Lawyerist
  • Is it realistic to plan to start a firm right out of law school?
  • The types of experiences that will help you prepare for a solo practice
  • Common misconceptions about owning a business
  • Why is it an exciting time to be starting a practice?
  • The Lawyers for Equal Justice program
  • What useful advice you can find in the book The Small Firm Roadmap

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-233-starting-a-small-law-firm-w-guest-stephanie-everett-of-lawyerist/)

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 02, 2020
232: Finding a 1L Summer Job in the Spring (w/Sadie Jones)
30:13

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones back with us to talk about the process of finding a 1L summer job in the spring.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The timeline of the 1L summer job search
  • What materials you should prepare for applying
  • Can you afford to be picky?
  • How many resumes can you expect to send out?
  • Useful resources for job leads
  • How to handle some common scenarios regarding interviews and job offers
  • What to do if nothing is working and you start panicking

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-232-finding-a-1l-summer-job-in-the-spring-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 24, 2020
231: Our Experience Working at the Polls on Election Day
29:42

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about something a bit different -- our experiences as poll workers. Yes, Lee and Alison both worked at a polling station in the last election! It's a unique experience, and one you might even be interested in trying out. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why it's important to get involved in the election process in your community
  • How does the sign up and training process work?
  • Insights on what Election Day looks like in San Francisco
  • Why this stuff is actually really hard to get right
  • Do you get paid to be a poll worker?
  • What Alison and Lee found worked well, and what improvements could be made to the process

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-231-our-experience-working-at-the-polls-on-election-day/)

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 10, 2020
230: Learning through Making Mistakes in Law School
29:03

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we dive into some intriguing research on how we learn from failures and making mistakes. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why failure (and even embarrassment) is a big learning opportunity
  • How kids deal with their mistakes
  • The idea of a growth mindset
  • Active versus passive learning
  • Quizzing yourself in order to retain information better
  • The importance of deep diving into why you're getting certain questions wrong

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-230-learning-through-making-mistakes-in-law-school/)

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Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Feb 03, 2020
229: Combining Law School and Military Service (w/guest Steven Arango)
32:14

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have special guest Steven Arango with us -- a Marine officer and lawyer -- to talk about how he combined his military career with the law, as well as offer some useful tips on getting a clerkship and being published.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Steven's diverse background and path to law school
  • How you can find a mentor or be one yourself
  • Tips on getting a clerkship even if you are not top of the class
  • Steven's advice for people who are interested in publishing
  • How to maintain good relationships within your network
  • Learning to say "yes" to opportunities that will take you out of your comfort zone

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-229-combining-law-school-and-military-service-w-guest-steven-arango/)

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 27, 2020
228: Boosting Your Confidence (w/guest Kate McGuinness)
34:30

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we are welcoming guest Kate McGuinness -- author of the book Confidence Lost / Confidence Found: How to Reclaim the Unstoppable You -- to talk about the importance of feeling confident in yourself and your abilities.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Kate's background and career path
  • What exactly do we mean by "confidence"?
  • Signs that you should work on boosting your confidence 
  • The science of training our brain to create positive or avoid negative patterns
  • Thinking about your life story from the perspective of a winner
  • What is a healthy level of perfectionism?
  • The power of the word "yet" 

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-228-boosting-your-confidence-w-guest-kate-mcguinness/)

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 20, 2020
227: Thriving as a First-Generation Law Student (w/Hafsa Mansoor of FirstGenJD)
29:40

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Hafsa Mansoor -- one of the creators of FirstGenJD -- about thriving in law school as a first-generation law student.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Hafsa's background and the mission of FirstGenJD
  • Challenges that first-gen law students can face
  • How common is impostor syndrome?
  • Balancing being authentic with the conservative nature of a law career
  • Networking at events
  • Can the stereotype of what a lawyer looks like be broken?
  • The importance of diversity and inclusion in the law profession

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-227-thriving-as-a-first-generation-law-student-w-hafsa-mansoor/)

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 13, 2020
226: Bouncing Back Second Semester in Law School
31:10

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about formulating a new action plan for the second semester if things didn't go your way in the first semester.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Examining your study habits to figure out what worked and what didn't
  • Going through your exams, if possible
  • How to set up trackable SMART goals
  • Tools you can use to hold yourself accountable
  • People you could turn to for additional help
  • Types of accommodations available in law school
  • Minimizing distractions to maximize focus
  • Considering the big question: "Should I drop out?"

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-226-bouncing-back-second-semester-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

Jan 06, 2020
225: Sustainable Living and Emergency Preparedness (w/Friday Apaliski)
55:18

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're chatting with special guest Friday Apaliski -- the Sustainability Concierge -- about things you can do that will put you in harmony with the environment, if you are wondering where to start on the road to living "greener."  

In this episode we discuss:

  • What does it mean to live in a sustainable way?
  • Friday's background and work as the Sustainability Concierge
  • How can "green" living actually help you save money?
  • Some of Lee's and Friday's favorite reusable items
  • The harmful chemicals in everyday items we might not be aware of
  • Why you should never throw anything cloth in the garbage
  • Thinking about going as paperless as possible
  • What should you have in your emergency kit?
  • Things to keep at your desk if you're working downtown or in a tall building

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-225-sustainable-living-and-emergency-preparedness-w-friday-apaliski/)

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 16, 2019
224: Taking Ownership of Your Career (w/Sadie Jones)
31:56

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we are welcoming back ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to discuss how much responsibility you should take for your future career -- starting as a law student -- and what resources are available to help.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why you need to take ownership of your career goals as a law student
  • Resources to help if you're not sure yet what you want
  • Looking outside of the standard channels for work opportunities
  • How does your mindset factor into your job search?
  • The importance of asking for help rather than trying to do everything yourself
  • Evaluating each job for clues about what job is right for you long term
  • Why BigLaw didn't work for Alison's personality

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-224-taking-ownership-of-your-career-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

Dec 09, 2019
223: 1L Year at Harvard Law (w/guest Carla Luna)
30:42

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we are welcoming guest Carla Luna -- currently a 2L at Harvard -- to discuss adjusting to law school as a 1L, and the different activities and programs available to Harvard Law students.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Carla's background and path to law school
  • The types of activities law students can get involved in at Harvard
  • Do you have to join a formal study group?
  • Job hunting during 1L year
  • Harvard's grading system
  • What is more or less challenging about 2L year compared to 1L year
  • The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity program

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-223-1l-year-at-harvard-law-w-guest-carla-luna/)

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 02, 2019
222: Using Winter Break to Advance Your Career
29:33

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're welcoming back ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to talk about how to use winter break productively to move your career forward, make new connections, take care of personal chores, and of course, get some rest.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How can attending holiday events help in advancing your career?
  • Where else could you make new connections, besides holiday parties?
  • Getting your elevator pitch ready
  • Preparing everything you need for your summer job search
  • Spending some time on writing a note for a law journal
  • Making sure you have enough time to rest and recharge

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-222-using-winter-break-to-advance-your-career/)

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 18, 2019
221: Our Top 5 Last-Minute Exam Tips
28:32

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing our top 5 last-minute exam tips that will help you see the big picture and fill in some of the details of law school exam prep.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of practicing as much as you can
  • Putting together the study materials for yourself
  • Seeking additional help from your professors, classmates, a study group, or a tutor
  • Getting a realistic understanding of how well you're doing
  • Knowing the law in detail, not in broad strokes
  • Having a big-picture plan and keeping yourself well enough to take the exam
  • Do not give up if you feel you're behind, because a lot can be done even in a few days!

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-221-our-top-5-last-minute-exam-tips/)

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 11, 2019
220: More on Accommodations in Law School (w/Elizabeth Knox)
41:42

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're welcoming back disability consultant Elizabeth Knox to discuss the process of applying for accommodations in law school to level the playing field in cases of disability, pregnancy, anxiety, and other conditions.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The different categories that fall into the accommodations realm
  • How much harder is it to get accommodations if you don't have a history of accommodations?
  • How to advocate for yourself if you're not comfortable with the traditional mode of teaching in law school
  • What if the accommodations request is not approved before exam time?
  • What to do if medical issues come up suddenly during the semester
  • Accommodations for the bar exam
  • Navigating the job search process for people with special needs
  • Remember that people don't even notice that somebody got accommodations for the exam!

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-220-more-on-accommodations-in-law-school-w-elizabeth-knox/)

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 04, 2019
219: Mastering People Skills for Success as an Attorney (w/Stephanie Hanna)
31:16

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with special guest Stephanie Hanna -- Founder of The Other 85 -- about mastering the non-substantive skills that make up 85% of career success for lawyers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Stephanie's background and her work creating The Other 85
  • Should you be a giver or a taker?
  • Developing a positive networking attitude
  • Tips for reaching out, asking for a favor, and following up with people
  • Are first-generation law students at a disadvantage when it comes to creating business contacts?
  • How to build your network at holiday parties

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-219-mastering-people-skills-for-success-as-an-attorney-w-stephanie-hanna/)

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 28, 2019
218: Listen and Learn -- Supplemental Jurisdiction (Civ Pro)
12:09

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! This is the second episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about civil procedure -- in particular, supplemental jurisdiction.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is supplemental jurisdiction?
  • The rules of supplemental jurisdiction and some related examples
  • Going through an essay question from the July 2012 California Bar Exam
  • Identifying the original basis of jurisdiction
  • How to apply the rules of supplemental jurisdiction to diversity of citizenship and federal cases

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-218-listen-and-learn-supplemental-jurisdiction-civ-pro/)

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 21, 2019
217: Choosing a Law School (with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian)
50:10

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian -- a law school admissions expert who has been featured on The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and NBC -- about the process of deciding which law schools to apply to, and choosing the one to attend.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Shemmassian's background and his work in admissions counseling
  • Factors to consider when choosing which schools to apply to
  • How many schools should be on the average applicant's list?
  • Going straight through to law school versus taking
    some time off
  • What to think about when deciding which school to choose if you've gotten into a few places
  • Presenting your story in terms of what's going to make you a great alumnus
  • Financial aid and the importance of scholarships

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-217-choosing-a-law-school-with-dr-shirag-shemmassian/)

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 14, 2019
216: How Do You Know When You Need Extra Help in Law School?
26:49

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing some warning signs suggesting you might need extra help in law school, and talk about why seeking help is a sign of strength and not a weakness.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why sometimes even good students start to struggle in law school
  • "Good confusion" versus "bad confusion"
  • Tracking your hours and allocating time to deep work
  • Why midterms are a blessing, not a curse
  • The importance of testing yourself in the same format as your final exam
  • Signs that you are probably doing fine
  • Red flags indicating you might need extra help
  • Getting special accommodations due to any learning differences 
  • Why reaching out for help is a great idea

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-216-how-do-you-know-when-you-need-extra-help-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

Oct 07, 2019
215: Listen and Learn -- The Commerce Clause
12:14

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're introducing a new series of podcast episodes called "Listen and Learn," where we're going to review substantive areas of the law and apply some of that law to facts. In this episode, we're talking about the Commerce Clause.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The basic structure of first-year Constitution Law classes
  • How the Commerce Clause is typically taught in class
  • Building a case-based rule for the Commerce Clause
  • A fact pattern involving a fictional product called Lickable Wallpaper
  • Creating an analytical framework and applying it to the fact pattern

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-215-listen-and-learn-the-commerce-clause/)

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 30, 2019
214: Handling an Extensive Job Search Outside of OCI
30:14

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

Sep 23, 2019
213: Why Practice Is So Important in Law School
29:21

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the importance of doing practice questions and getting feedback on your writing in preparation for exams.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The disconnect between class and exams
  • Where to find study materials and academic support to get started
  • Reviewing your work and getting feedback
  • How early in the semester should you start practicing, and when is it too late to be worth it?
  • What if you find that doing practice questions on your own is not going so well?
  • Practicing for multiple choice exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-213-why-practice-is-so-important-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

Sep 16, 2019
212: Bouncing Back from a Major Mistake
30:00

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how to bounce back after making a significant mistake -- one of those school, career, or personal screw ups that sometimes can be a major headache -- and what steps to take to ensure it doesn't happen again.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Assessing whether the mistake really is as big a deal as it appears at first
  • Looking at how famous people, such as politicians, deal with their own faux pas
  • Common scenarios where something can go wrong at school or work
  • How owning up and taking responsibility will go a long way to repairing the damage
  • Taking specific steps to make sure the mistake doesn't happen again
  • Where to look for help if you feel like you've made a mistake in your personal life

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-212-bouncing-back-from-a-major-mistake/)

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 09, 2019
211: Putting Together a Capsule Wardrobe as a Law Student
35:40

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the idea of a capsule wardrobe, or how to choose staple pieces that will give you the versatility to easily create different outfits.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The characteristics of a capsule wardrobe
  • What to look for when shopping for a suit
  • Balancing professionalism and your own personal style
  • Online stores and subscription service options for people who don't like shopping for clothes
  • Moving clothes out of the closet if you never wear them
  • Reaching out to personal shoppers and tailors to help you find the best fit 

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-211-putting-together-a-capsule-wardrobe-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

Sep 02, 2019
210: Using Mindfulness Practices as a Law Student
33:23

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing how mindfulness practices can positively influence your brain and help you perform at your best by combating procrastination, worry, anxiety, anger, and sleep issues.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Alison and Lee were introduced to mindfulness practices
  • How paying attention to the good things that happen to you, instead of the bad ones, can really turn your day around
  • Some of the different types of meditation you could try
  • Using body scans to release stress
  • How yoga could contribute to your well-being
  • Why tactical breathing is used in the military and how it could benefit you
  • The fact that mindfulness doesn't have to be a huge commitment, but could make a big difference in how you feel

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Episode-210-Using-Mindfulness-Practices-as-a-Law-Student.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 26, 2019
209: Job Hunting in a City Where You're Not in Law School
31:47

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 19, 2019
208: Using Technology Effectively in Law School
31:29

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

Aug 12, 2019
207: Navigating Networking Events as a Law Student
32:30

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

Aug 05, 2019
206: The Most Surprising Things About 1L Year
27:50

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

Jul 29, 2019
205: Navigating Interviews as a Non-Traditional Law Student
30:49

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 22, 2019
204: Advice for Incoming Foreign LLM Students
25:35

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

Jul 15, 2019
203: Job Search Q&A (w/Ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
35:50

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

Jul 08, 2019
202: Book Club -- Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
29:46

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 24, 2019
201: Fashion Law & Men's Fashion (w/Douglas Hand)
42:01

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 17, 2019
200: The Most Surprising Thing We've Learned About Success
39:06

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 10, 2019
199: Balancing Parenthood and a Demanding Job (w/Molly Bowen)
44:24

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

Jun 03, 2019
198: Pre-1L Life Logistics
36:23

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

May 27, 2019
197: Career Advice from Lawyer & Author Rachel Gezerseh
43:52

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

May 20, 2019
196: Memorization Techniques for Law Students
32:21

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

May 13, 2019
195: What to Do the Summer Before Law School
28:58

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about what to do (and what not to do) over the summer to prepare for your 1L year.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Sharing your thoughts and setting expectations with family, friends, and significant others, as well as asking them for help if necessary
  • Whether you should take a law school prep class or read outlines before classes start
  • How to get in the right frame of mind for the law school experience
  • Why a short trip before school starts can be great for clearing your head and re-energizing your body
  • Tips for setting up your home and study space efficiently, plus ways to streamline chores so they take up less of your time when school starts
  • Why you need a budget before school starts
  • Last but not least, finding job opportunities to make some extra cash during the school year or breaks from school

Resources:

Download the Transcript 
(https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-195-what-to-do-the-summer-before-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

May 06, 2019
194: You Don't Want to Be a Lawyer - What Now?
34:14

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 29, 2019
193: Books to Read Before Law School
32:56

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we’re talking about books related to the legal system that you might want to read during the summer before starting law school. These books are interesting, and you might even learn something in the process!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Non-fiction stories about famous lawyers and judges
  • Classics on the law school experience
  • Recommended thrillers developed around legal issues
  • Books that will help you get into a positive, productive mindset - not just for law school, but in general
  • Legal-related authors whose body of work is worth exploring
  • Why casebooks, hornbooks, commercial outlines, and the E&E series can be overwhelming and confusing to read in preparation for law school, so you can skip them for now

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-193-books-to-read-before-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

Apr 22, 2019
192: Handling Difficult Scenarios on Law School Exams
33:23

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!

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Alison & Lee

Apr 15, 2019
191: Wisdom 2.0 - What We Learned About Relationships
33:56

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

Apr 08, 2019
190: How to Pass the Interview Happy Hour Test (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
35:13

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!

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Alison & Lee

Apr 01, 2019
189: Making Class Time Productive in Law School
33:19

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 25, 2019
188: How to Make People Hate You at Work (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
36:47

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

In this episode we discuss:

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

Resources:

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

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

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 18, 2019
187: Thinking on Your Feet in Class Discussions and Other Public Speaking Opportunities
34:34

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

In this episode we discuss:

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

Resources:

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

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

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 11, 2019
186: Book Club: Becoming, by Michelle Obama
31:58

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

 

 

Mar 04, 2019
185: Thinking About the 2L Job Search as a 1L (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
32:59

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 25, 2019
184: Handling Law School Finances (w/Lyssa Thaden of AccessLex)
43:11

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 18, 2019
183: Changing Course in the Job Hunt (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
34:10

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

In this episode we discuss:

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

Resources:

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

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

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Feb 11, 2019
182: Navigating Motherhood in the Legal Profession (w/Jennifer Warren)
01:05:04

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

Feb 04, 2019
181: Negotiating a Job Offer (w/Ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
34:11

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 28, 2019
180: How to Write a Great Seminar Paper or Journal Note
39:31

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

 

Jan 21, 2019
179: What To Do if You Still Don't Have a Summer Job (w/Ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
32:04

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

Jan 14, 2019
178: Resolutions for a New Year (and a New Semester)
32:02

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

Jan 07, 2019
177: Real Talk About Student Loan Debt w/Financial Expert Travis Hornsby
45:22

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

Dec 17, 2018
176: Talking About Judicial Clerkships (w/Kelsey Russell)
35:06

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 10, 2018
175: Top Interview Questions with Ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones
39:11

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

Dec 03, 2018
174: The LSAT is Going Digital! Thoughts from LSAT Expert Nathan Fox
36:13

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Nathan Fox, LSAT expert and founder of Fox LSAT, about some changes coming soon to the LSAT.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The upcoming changes to the LSAT in July and September of 2019
  • Why you should basically never cancel your LSAT score
  • The economics of taking the LSAT
  • What the changes mean for students studying for the LSAT right now
  • Why every point in your LSAT score really matters
  • Smart digital tools for LSAT prep

Resources:

Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-174-lsat-updates-w-nathan-fox/)

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 26, 2018
173: Frequently Asked Questions about Resumes and Cover Letters (w/ Sadie Jones)
35:21

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

Nov 19, 2018
172: Tackling Common Exam Prep Scenarios
41:14

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 12, 2018
171: Building the 21st Century Casebook (w/Vikram Savkar)
34:17

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

Nov 05, 2018
170: Let's Talk About the Bluebook!
44:33

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 29, 2018
169: Setting Your Priorities in Law School
42:13

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 22, 2018
168: How to Handle Rejection Professionally (w/Sadie Jones)
33:06

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 15, 2018
167: Do You Have to Join a Study Group in Law School?
39:54

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

Oct 08, 2018
166: How to Frame Your Job Search Story (w/Sadie Jones)
37:48

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

Oct 01, 2018
165: What is an Elevator Pitch and Do You Need One?
35:26

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 24, 2018
164: No Offer after OCI? Here's What To Do (w/Sadie Jones)
39:20

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 17, 2018
163: Common Legal Essay Analysis Problems and How to Solve Them
37:50

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

Sep 10, 2018
162: Professional Development Strategies for Young Lawyers (w/Sadie Jones)
34:40

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

Sep 03, 2018
161: Should You Use a Laptop in Law School Classes?
34:45

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

Aug 27, 2018
160: Top 10 Podcast Episodes for Surviving Law School
39:58

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

Aug 20, 2018
159: The Secret Life of Law Firms (w/Sadie Jones)
53:44

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 13, 2018
158: What to Wear (and What Not to Wear) as a Law Student
44:54

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

Aug 06, 2018
157: Handling OCI Offers (w/ Sadie Jones)
40:52

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 30, 2018
156: Our Top 10 Academic Podcast Episodes
39:00

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

Jul 23, 2018
155: Top Callback Mistakes to Avoid (w/Sadie Jones)
44:46

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

Jul 16, 2018
154: Building a Better Law Practice (w/Jeremy Richter)
39:52

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're excited to welcome back Jeremy Richter, attorney and author of the new book, Building A Better Law Practice, recently published by the ABA. He has some practical tips for young lawyers, to help you build a successful and satisfying law practice.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Mistakes young lawyers make in their early careers
  • Some tips for building and maintaining client relationships
  • Ways to develop skills as a young lawyer and manage your caseload
  • How to market yourself when you really hate traditional networking events
  • The vital importance of self-care and figuring out what that means for you

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Episode-154-Building-A-Better-Law-Practice-w-Jeremy-Richter.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 09, 2018
153: Real-Life Lawyers: Working for Gun Violence Prevention (w/Allison Anderman)
46:59

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about public policy work and gun violence prevention with Allison Anderman, the managing attorney at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What Allison does as a gun violence prevention public policy expert
  • How her career path lead her to her current position
  • The difference between litigation and policy work and how law school doesn’t really prepare you for policy work
  • Public speaking and how Allison got comfortable with doing media, press, and government testimonies in her current position
  • Tips for students interested in public interest advocacy or policy

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://barexamtoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LST-Ep-153-Working-for-Gun-Violence-Prevention-Group-w-Allison-Anderman.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 02, 2018
152: Top OCI Mistakes to Avoid (w/Sadie Jones)
52:30

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Sadie Jones, an ex-BigLaw recruiter, about the top OCI mistakes to avoid – from the actual on-campus interviews through the callback process. This episode is chock full of good advice so you don’t want to miss it!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Sadie tells us some of the biggest mistakes she remembers from her BigLaw recruiter days
  • How to dress and how NOT to dress for BigLaw interviews
  • Cardinal rule #1: NEVER be late!
  • Interview tips for students who go straight from college to law school and for non-traditional students
  • What you should know about the firm and your interviewers BEFORE you interview
  • Advice on note taking during interviews, business cards, thank-you notes, and more!

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LST-Ep-152-Top-OCI-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

Jun 25, 2018
151: Our Top 10 Podcast Episodes for Incoming 1Ls
40:24

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're counting down our top ten episodes for incoming 1Ls. This list is good listening for anyone, but especially for those getting ready to start law school in the fall. If law school's coming up soon, here are some episodes we recommend you check out!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Money issues to think about before starting law school from negotiating scholarship offers (yes, you can do this!) and the realities of law school debt to creating a budget and what you should or should not buy before you start law school
  • Ways to prepare for the transition to law school mentally and emotionally, as well as academically
  • How to set yourself up for success BEFORE starting law school and how to survive your first month
  • Why is law school so hard?
  • Special concerns of non-traditional and first-generation law students

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LST-Ep-151-Top-10-Podcast-Episodes-for-Incoming-1Ls.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

Jun 18, 2018
150: A Conversation with Visla Rudiger, a Transgender Attorney
51:03

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Visla Rudiger, a transgender attorney, about her experiences in the legal profession -- at work, in court, and more.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Some of the key challenges and obstacles when coming out as a transgender professional
  • Advice for coming out as a transgender person to your boss, your family, and your friends
  • How and where people can learn the basics of respectful terminology
  • The protections, or lack thereof, for transgender individuals, particularly in the current political climate
  • Things to consider before coming out as a law student
  • What to think about when deciding where to take the bar exam
  • How to be a useful ally

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LST-Ep-150-Conversation-w-Visla-Rudiger-Trans-Attorney.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

Jun 11, 2018
149: Saving Money in Law School
58:26

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

Jun 04, 2018
148: Handling Toxic Behavior in Law School
54:29

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 28, 2018
147: Top Summer Associate Mistakes and How to Fix Them (w/Sadie Jones)
43:05

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about the top mistakes summer associates make -- so you can avoid making them, or fix them if you happen to make them.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Some of the common mistakes summer associates make -- so you can avoid making them!
  • How to recover if you do make one of these common summer associate mistakes
  • The best mindset to avoid making mistakes
  • How a law firm mentor can help you navigate these issues and avoid making mistakes
  • How to handle a negative mid-summer review or other feedback and how to turn it around -- it is possible!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LST-Ep-147-Summer-Associate-Mistakes-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/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 21, 2018
146: Tips for Visual Learners in Law School
41:14

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 14, 2018
145: Tips for Kinesthetic Learners in Law School
39:36

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

May 07, 2018
144: Tips for Auditory Learners in Law School
32:55

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 30, 2018
143: Understanding Workplace Assignments (w/Sadie Jones)
39:50

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about how to make sure you're getting the information you need to do a good job on any assignment in a legal workplace.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What to do when you get called into a meeting to discuss a new assignment
  • What NOT to do when you get called into a meeting to discuss a new assignment
  • Common ways things can go wrong on an assignment
  • Why you need to be really careful with legal research tools
  • How to get more information without looking like you weren’t paying attention or have no idea what you’re doing (even if you don’t!)

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/LST-Ep-143-Understanding-Work-Assignments-w-Sadie-Jones.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 23, 2018
142: Taking Ownership of Your Legal Career (w/Whittney Beard)
53:54

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Whittney Beard, an ex-lawyer and career coach at Orrick, about how to really own and direct your career, even as a young lawyer.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What exactly a career coach does and why they are valuable
  • Common mistakes many young/inexperienced lawyers make
  • The truth about getting the assignments you want
  • Concrete steps you can take if you’re unhappy in your career or working with some difficult personalities
  • What to do when you think you’re ready to move on

RESOURCES:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/LST-Ep-142-Owning-Your-Career-Whittney-Beard.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 16, 2018
141: Experiential Learning in Law School (w/Alllison Pincus)
32:06

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

 

Apr 09, 2018
140: OCI Strategy (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
41:08

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we’re talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about OCI strategy. If you're not sure how or where to bid, what to put on your resume, or how to explain tricky parts of your background, this is the episode for you! 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How the OCI process really works, from the firm perspective 
  • How important are grades, really? 
  • Ways to handle bidding on multiple locations
  • Some common mistakes and the best strategies to avoid them
  • Quick tips to ensure your resume is not overlooked
  • How to get interviews if you weren't initially selected
  • Ways to organize all of your OCI materials, so you remember which firm you're talking to!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Episode-140-OCI-Strategy-w-Sadie-Jones.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

 

 

 

Apr 02, 2018
139: How To Issue Spot an Exam Question (w/ live example)
37:09

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 26, 2018
138: Public Speaking Tips (w/Jennifer Warren)
50:06

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have a special guest, Jennifer Warren, to talk about how to improve your public speaking skills – something most law students and lawyers need to work on.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why public speaking skills are so important for a legal career
  • The importance of being yourself when presenting
  • The golden rule of the Law School Toolbox – PRACTICE – and some novel ways to practice your public speaking skills
  • How doing what makes you most uncomfortable is the best way to improve your skills
  • Our top 10 tips for improving your public speaking skills

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Ep-138-Top-10-Public-Speaking-Tips-w-Jennifer-Warren.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 19, 2018
137: How to Handle Difficult Workplace Situations (w/Sadie Jones)
47:38

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we are pleased to welcome back Sadie Jones, an ex-BigLaw recruiter, to talk about how to handle difficult situations at work.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What to tell your employer/prospective employer when the grades that got you the job have tanked or you’ve failed the bar exam
  • How to tell your employer you're taking a judicial clerkship
  • Whether and what criminal, mental, physical, or substance abuse issues need to be discussed with your boss
  • How to have difficult conversations about troublesome bosses or coworkers or just because you’ve taken on too much work
  • Technology! What to do when you’ve accidentally opened or deleted something you shouldn’t have

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Episode_137_How-to-Handle-Difficult-Workplace-Situations-revised.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

Mar 12, 2018
136: How to Attack Multiple Choice Questions on Law School Exams
33:10

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

Mar 05, 2018
135: Leaving the Law (w/Casey Berman)
39:54

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're excited to be talking with Casey Berman, founder of Leave Law Behind, about why some attorneys are unhappy and what they can do to shift to a non-legal career. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why unhappy attorneys tend to be unhappy
  • How leaving the law requires shifting out of the typically attorney mindset
  • What type of non-legal careers attorneys are particularly well suited for
  • How attorneys can become entrepreneurs 
  • The typically barriers to leaving the law, and how to overcome them

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Episode-135-Leaving-the-Law-wCasey-Berman.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

Feb 26, 2018
134: Strategies for Maximum Personal Productivity
41:14

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

Feb 19, 2018
133: Being Strategic About Your Legal Career (w/ Liz Stone)
43:35

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we're talking with legal recruiter Liz Stone, of Stone Legal Search, about ways to proactively manage your career from law school onwards. A former litigator, Liz works primarily with attorneys in the middle of their careers looking to make a switch and brings to the podcast her insights on decisions to make early on to help ensure job satisfaction and how to best position yourself for a mid-career move.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Competitiveness in the mid-level recruiting market
  • Going in-house: Is it really that easy?
  • Steps to take to position yourself for a mid-career move
  • Suggestions for law students who want to set themselves up for success and happiness
  • Resources to help you figure out what you want in your career
  • Common pitfalls that lead to workplace problems or career dissatisfaction for lawyers
  • Why lawyers are typically bad at business development, and what they can do to improve

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Episode-133-Being-Strategic-About-Your-Career-Choices.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

Feb 12, 2018
132: What's BigLaw Really Like? (w/ Sadie Jones)
47:11

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're talking about what it's actually like to work in BigLaw, with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones. It’s generally accepted that in BigLaw, you’re expected to bill a ton of hours and work long nights in exchange for a hefty paycheck, but is that all there is to it? Learn more of the nuanced ins-and-outs of life working in a large law firm.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The BigLaw hierarchy, and your chances of making partner
  • The type of work and the type of client you can expect to encounter
  • The BigLaw hiring process
  • Typical work assignments for junior associates
  • How many hours are you really expected to bill/work?
  • Bonuses: Show me the money!
  • What does partnership really require?
  • Expectations for business development
  • Some common pitfalls of BigLaw life

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Episode-132-Whats-It-Like-to-Work-in-BigLaw-with-Sadie-Jones.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

Feb 05, 2018
131: Thinking Ahead About the Future
48:21

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we're talking about thinking about the future and long-term goal setting in law school. Many people in their 30s and 40s look at their lives and wonder how they got there. Though it might seem far off when you’re in your 20s, it’s never too early to start thinking about what you might want your life to look like in the future, and to make the personal and career choices most likely to make that future a reality, or at least a possibility.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Determining the kind of work environment you want to work in
  • What's important to have time for in your personal life?
  • Factors to consider if you have or want to have a family
  • How your debt load can control your options and how to avoid the golden handcuffs
  • Learning from your past employment to make better choices for the future
  • The importance of educating yourself on these matters so you make informed choices

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Episode-131-Thinking-About-the-Future.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

Jan 29, 2018
130: How to Make Difficult Decisions in Law School
38:21

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

Jan 22, 2018
129: Self-Care During Bar Exam Prep
41:29

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we're talking about something that's incredibly important for everyone who's preparing for the bar exam, which is self-care. Because, let's face it, studying for the bar exam is stressful and, actually, so is legal practice. So, working on self-care during the bar exam study period is one thing that will probably help you pass and also help you in your career later.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Paying attention to your breathing, and using breath work for mental wellness and stress relief
  • Making time to exercise – it’s good for your brain and memory!
  • Laughter therapy – tricking your brain to produce more serotonin
  • Mindfulness: what it is, why it works, and how to incorporate it in your daily routine
  • Simple yoga poses for stress relief
  • Allowing yourself breaks – you’re not a robot
  • Real life ways of getting adequate sleep and nourishing your body with food and water

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Episode-129-Self-Care-During-Bar-Prep.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

Jan 15, 2018
128: Regrouping and Dealing with Grades Second Semester
43:29

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

Jan 08, 2018
127: Avoid these Resume No-Gos
42:01

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we have guest Sadie Jones, an ex-BigLaw recruiter, here to talk about some resume no-gos: all those things that you should never do on your resume. Sadie has seen a lot of resumes, for different positions, from a variety of candidates, and at a diverse collection of law firms. She’s got lots of valuable insights on things to avoid in your resume, so before you apply for that job, tune in!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Basic organization and formatting – length and consistency matter!
  • Jobs that should be left off your employment history
  • Managing a break in employment
  • Associations and affiliations you should leave off
  • Being able to talk about anything and everything you include in your resume
  • Making your resume relevant to the position you are applying for

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Episode-127-Resume-No-Gos.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

Dec 18, 2017
126: How to Get People to Help with Your Job Search
44:54

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter guest, Sadie Jones, about how to get people to help you with your job search and how to keep them happy when they do help. As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” so don’t be afraid to connect with your network for help. We’ll talk about the different people you can reach out to, and how to approach them based on the strength of your relationship.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Different people who might be willing and able to help with your job search
  • The work you need to do before making any contact
  • How to be specific and direct in asking for help
  • What can you realistically expect from someone who offers to help?
  • The value of following up and staying in contact
  • How to approach someone you don’t know personally for help

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Episode-126-How-to-get-help-with-your-job-search.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/).

Want some personal help on your job search? Check out our career options! (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/career-help/)

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Dec 11, 2017
125: Maintaining a Professional Profile in the Digital Age
50:22

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today, we're talking about how to maintain a professional profile in the digital age where so much of your life is online, for better or worse. Technology is omnipresent; we are connected now more than ever, and in ways we don’t even know about. If you want to maintain a professional image, it is important to be mindful of what you’re posting, where you’re posting it, who can see it (intentionally or unintentionally), and other activities that might put you at risk.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The common-sense factor: you don’t live in a bubble, so respect your own privacy
  • Data being collected by a variety of tech companies, which you may not even know about
  • Creating separate personal/professional profiles, adjusting privacy settings, and other things to think about when protecting your professional image
  • Proactive steps you can take to develop a positive professional profile
  • Google stalk yourself: make sure you know what’s out there about you, and take remedial measures if necessary
  • Quitting the Internet! (No, really!)

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Episode-125-Maintaining-a-Professional-Profile-in-the-Digital-Age.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

Dec 04, 2017
124: Don't Be a Jerk at Work
48:01

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're talking about how not to be a jerk in your legal office environment with our special guest, Sadie Jones, who's a former BigLaw recruiter. True or not, lawyers have a terrible reputation when it comes to being nice and considerate in the office. Lawyers often have reputations of being jerks to other lawyers. Why is that? How true is it? How do you avoid being “that” person? Tune in to find out!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Is there something unique about being a lawyer that leads to this negative reputation?
  • Behaviors to avoid in the interview process so you don’t come across as a jerk
  • What you can do as a summer associate or junior associate to develop a pleasant reputation
  • Appropriately monitoring your social media presence and activity as relates to coworkers and work matters
  • The reality of sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Being mindful of topics discussed on work email

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Episode-124-Dont-be-a-Jerk-at-Work-with-Sadie-Jones.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 27, 2017
123: Mental Health in Law School and the Legal Profession (with Sarah Weinstein)
52:44

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

Nov 13, 2017
122: How to Transfer Law Schools (with Mihal Ansik)
56:21

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

Nov 03, 2017
121: Alternative Options for Bar Exam Preparation
51:58

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today we're  talking about alternative bar prep options outside of the big commercial programs. Turns out, not everyone learns the same way, so you want to make sure your bar prep will work for you!

Historically, most people studied for the bar exam the same way, taking a large commercial course such as BARBRI. Now, bar takers are fortunate to be able to explore different prep options, try them out, and put together a personalized bar program that is going to give them the best chance at passing.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Key elements necessary for any effective bar prep program
  • The importance of feedback, and making sure you understand the level of feedback your program offers
  • Is tutoring right for you?
  • Creating an effective and reasonable study schedule for you and your life
  • The pros and cons of a wide variety of bar prep resources
  • How to self-study and pass the bar exam

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Episode-121-Alternative-Bar-Prep-Options.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 30, 2017
120: Preparing for the 1L Job Hunt (with Ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
38:40

Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about preparing for the 1L job hunt. We'll also talk about the impact your 1L job might, or might not, have on your future job prospects. There are many rules and restrictions on the 1L job application process and a lot of things to consider when deciding what you want to do with your 1L summer, so tune in for some great information and advice.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • When should you start applying for 1L summer jobs?
  • Resources for finding job openings
  • What employers are looking for
  • What you should look for in a job
  • How does your 1L summer job impact future job prospects?

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Episode-120-Preparing-for-the-1L-Job-Hunt.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 23, 2017
119: Navigating the Law School Application Process (with Admission Logic)
01:05:00

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today we're discussing tips for applying to law school with two application experts: Doretta McGinnis, who is also a tutor for us at the Law School Toolbox and the Bar Exam Toolbox, and Ned Luce. Doretta and Ned are independent educational consultants with a focus on undergrad and law school admissions. Together, they founded Admission Logic.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Should you apply to law school? And where?
  • Admissions trends in the aftermath of the financial crash in 2008
  • ABA law school disclosures and how to best use them in your application process
  • Latest information on law school admissions criteria
  • How to approach the writing components in law school admissions vs. undergrad
  • The function of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
  • Tips for applying to an LLM program

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Episode-119-law-school-applications2.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 16, 2017
118: Learn about Animal Law with Pamela Hart at ALDF
27:16

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we're talking with Pamela Hart, Director of the Animal Law Program at the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Animal law is a growing practice area, and we’re excited to find out more about the work that is being done for animal rights and animal owners. Pamela also has some great general insights for people interested in pursuing public interest careers.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Pamela got involved with animal law
  • What is animal law? What does it cover?
  • How students can get involved with animal law in law school
  • How do you prepare for a career in animal law?
  • Pamela’s advice for students pursuing public interest careers generally

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Episode-118-Animal-Law.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 (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (https://barexamtoolbox.com/).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 09, 2017
117: Surviving Law School Midterms
35:41

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

Oct 02, 2017
116: Life as a Small Law Firm Associate (with Jeremy Richter)
39:28

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today, we’re talking with Jeremy W. Richter, an attorney with Webster, Henry, Bradwell, Cohan, Speagle & DeShazo, in Birmingham, Alabama. Jeremy practices civil defense litigation and focuses on commercial auto/trucking litigation, premises liability, general business liability, and various other aspects of insurance defense litigation. He also writes an interesting blog, spanning a variety of topics, which you’ll find at jeremywrichter.com.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Jeremy’s background, why he decided to go to law school and how his career developed
  • Life as a small law firm associate
  • The impact that the people you work with have on your experience
  • Tracking your time: basics of time keeping and the billable hour debate
  • Blogging as a lawyer
  • What young lawyers and law students should know about the business of law
  • Networking as an introvert
  • How to develop skills as a trial lawyer as a young associate
  • What law firms are looking for when hiring associates

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Episode-116-young-law-associate.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 25, 2017
115: Tips for Settling into Law School
41:35

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

Sep 18, 2017
114: Law School Networking 101
45:27

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today we are talking about a topic every law student needs to think about – Networking! Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, this episode is for you. Networking is a “bad word” for some folks and can even cause anxiety. You may dread having to get dressed up and go to a networking event to meet new people, but in this job market, legal networking is critically important. So, we want to help you change your perspective! Networking isn’t all about stuffy functions where everyone is wearing suits and making awkward small talk. Actually, networking doesn’t even have to be done in person.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The story of how the Law School Toolbox was born from social media networking
  • What is networking? Why network?
  • Reframing networking as community building
  • How to network: From formal events to volunteer activities, and everything in between
  • Networking mistakes to avoid – be professional!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Episode-114-Networking-101.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 11, 2017
113: Life as a First-Generation College and Law Student (with Shirlene Armstrong)
53:19

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

Sep 04, 2017
112: Managing Distractions in Law School
47:06

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 28, 2017
111: Resumes and Cover Letters (with an ex-BigLaw Recruiter)
34:20

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we welcome back former BigLaw Recruiter, Sadie Jones, to give her insights on resumes and cover letters. She’s reviewed thousands of legal resumes in her life and is here to answer some frequently asked questions on the dos and don’ts of resume and cover letter preparation.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The purpose of a good resume or cover letter
  • Common missteps to avoid
  • Frequent formatting issues and questions
  • What should be included, and in what order?
  • How to address “weak” areas
  • Do you really need a cover letter?
  • What about transcripts and writing samples?
  • Is it okay to follow up if you don’t get a response?

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Episode-111-Resumes-and-Cover-Letters-with-an-ex-BigLaw-Recruiter.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 21, 2017
110: Revisiting Mindset
39:59

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 14, 2017
109: Life as a Woman Entrepreneur with Meg Keene of A Practical Wedding
54:59

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

Aug 07, 2017
108: Handling Summer Associate Offers (with an ex-BigLaw Recruiter)
34:49

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about the processing of getting, or not getting, an offer at the end of your time as a summer associate. Tune in for some great information on how to end your summer successfully and navigate the offer process thoughtfully and respectfully.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The basics of the offer process and what it means for the future
  • The possible outcomes and how to deal with them
  • How to maximize your chances of getting an offer as the summer wraps up
  • Things to do to make sure you end the summer on a positive note
  • Sure-fire ways to put your offer in jeopardy
  • What you can do if you sense a potential issue (a personality conflict, a not-so-great performance on an assignment, etc.)
  • Cold offers: what does this mean and how can you move forward?
  • Managing offers while applying for clerkships
  • What are the repercussions of turning down an offer if you weren’t happy at the firm?
  • Once you've accepted an offer, do 3L grades matter?

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Episode-108-Dealing-with-Summer-Associate-Offers.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 31, 2017
107: How to Build Positive Relationships in Law School
38:53

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

Jul 24, 2017
106: Go to Office Hours and Make it Worth Your Time
31:04

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're talking about going to law professors' office hours and getting something out of it. Lots of law students say they're going to go to office hours regularly, but few actually do. Developing good relationships with your professors will not only have a positive effect on your law school success, but may prove to be valuable for years to follow. So tune in, and learn to love office hours!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why some students are hesitant to go to office hours
  • Reasons why going to office hours is beneficial
  • Ways to make office hours less intimidating and more useful
  • How office hours in law school differs from undergrad
  • Things you might talk about when you visit your professors
  • Questions to avoid asking
  • Other ways to interact with your professors if you are unable to make it to the scheduled office hours
  • Don’t forget about your TAs!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Episode-106-Making-Productive-Use-of-Office-Hours.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 17, 2017
105: OCI Basics with an ex-BigLaw Recruiter
47:06

Today, we’re talking with a former law firm recruiter about the basics of OCI, or on-campus interviewing. OCI is the process by which most large law firms, and some medium-sized law firms and public interest organizations recruit their summer associates and hire full-time lawyers.

There are many steps to the process, and it is time-consuming and can be energetically draining, so we’re discussing what you can expect and how you can put your best foot forward with an experienced BigLaw recruiter. If you’re planning to participate in your school’s OCI program, tune in!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What a summer associate position is, and why they are highly sought after
  • The basic process of initial interviews and callback interviews
  • Strategically bidding for an interview
  • What law firms are really looking for
  • How to prepare for an initial interview, what to expect, and what to wear
  • Callback logistics: What happens in a callback interview? What if you have to travel?
  • How should geography play into your interviewing decisions?
  • Factors to consider when selecting an offer
  • How to ensure you DON’T get an offer

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-105-OCI-Basics-with-Law-Firm-Recruiter-Sadie-Jones.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 10, 2017
104: Law School Essentials - What to Buy (and Not to Buy) Beforehand
41:44

Welcome to The Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today we're talking about shopping for law school essentials, everything from backpacks to highlighters. Law school is expensive, so make sure you are being savvy with your purchases!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to carry all of your stuff
  • Whether to buy a new computer immediately
  • The law school locker situation
  • Do you need a briefcase?
  • The best notebooks and binders, and why you'll need a rainbow of highlighters
  • How to best use technology
  • The benefits of note-taking software
  • Handling life necessities, like your wardrobe, lunch boxes, and household items
  • Ways to let other people help you stock up on what you need
  • How to streamline purchasing so you don't have to waste time during the semester

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-104-What-to-Buy.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 03, 2017
103: Setting Yourself Up to be a Mock Trial Rockstar (with Sara O'Connor)
46:00

Welcome back! Today we're talking with Sara O'Connor, one of our law school tutors, about setting yourself up for success in your mock trial class and/or competition team. Mock trial is not required, but it can be very rewarding and provide great experience for your future legal career.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to earn a spot on a competitive mock trial course or team
  • What you can expect to learn in your mock trial course
  • Preparing for a mock trial competition
  • The events of the competition itself and how to be successful – stay calm!
  • How the scoring system works and what you’ll be judged on

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-103-Setting-Yourself-Up-to-be-a-Mock-Trial-Rockstar.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

Jun 26, 2017
102: How to Read Cases and Prepare for Class in Law School
40:18

Welcome back! Today we are going to dive into one of the realities of day-to-day law school life -- reading cases and preparing for class. You'll end up spending much of your day reading and preparing for class. And, yes, there is a “right” way and a “wrong way” to prepare for law school classes. This podcast will give you some valuable tips to make sure you're getting the most out of your study time.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why reading cases and preparing for class can seem daunting and difficult
  • How to prepare for class correctly and make the most of your study time
  • The elements of a case opinion you should be able to identify and become familiar with
  • The significance and purpose of a case brief and dos and don’ts of case briefing
  • Appropriate and helpful uses for supplements
  • The struggle is real – really. Struggling with the material is part of the process!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-102-Reading-Cases-and-Preparing-for-Class.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

Jun 19, 2017
101: Preparing for a Career in Public Interest Law (with Ashley Matthews of Equal Justice Works)
42:31

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Ashley Matthews, Program Manager for Law School Engagement and Advocacy at Equal Justice Works, about preparing for a career in public interest work. Public interest is a competitive field to break into, and it comes with its own unique set of challenges. If you’ve decided you want to pursue a career in public interest law, this episode is a must-listen!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The challenges facing people who seek a career in public interest law
  • Options for managing student loan debt for people in public interest careers
  • Competitiveness in the public interest field
  • What public interest employers are looking for
  • Programs offered by Equal Justice Works for law students, recent grads, and more experienced lawyers
  • The current controversy over validity of student loan forgiveness program approval letters
  • The future of loan forgiveness and assistance programs
  • Which law schools have LRAPs, and how to start one at your law school

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Episode-101-Preparing-for-a-career-in-public-interest-with-EJW.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

Jun 12, 2017
100: 100th Anniversary Countdown! Our Most Popular (and Underrated) Epsiodes
50:02

Welcome back! Today is a very special day for all of us here at the Law School Toolbox - we are celebrating our 100th podcast episode! When we first started publishing podcasts, we weren’t sure how it would go, but now, we're so humbled by the number of downloads and listeners we have each month. So, our sincerest thanks to all of you! Join us for a look back at our most popular (and most underappreciated) episodes.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The top 10 most popular podcast episodes
  • Lee and Alison’s favorite, but underappreciated, episodes
  • Highlights from each episode and why we feel they are significant

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Episode-100-100th-Podcast-Anniversary_Top-10-Podcasts-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

Jun 05, 2017
099: What Law Schools Should Be Teaching, and Aren't (with Mark Cohen)
48:06

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Mark Cohen, founder and CEO of Legal Mosaic, about what law schools should be teaching but aren't. Mark’s experience in the legal industry is vast and varied, and, in this podcast, he offers his unique perspective on the current state of the legal profession, as well as what may lie ahead in the future. In light of these changing circumstances, what should you demand from your legal education that you’re not getting?

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Legal process outsourcing (LPO) and technology, and how they’re changing the delivery of legal services
  • The distinction between legal services and legal products
  • The weakening dominance of big law firms and the emergence of ancillary career options for new lawyers
  • What they’re not teaching you in law school that’s vital for success as a lawyer
  • The disconnect between doctrinal law and meaningful, practical experience
  • The need for project management skills and collaboration in a legal practice
  • Skills and qualities that could set you apart as a new lawyer
  • What does the lawyer of the future look like?

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Episode-99-What-Law-Schools-Arent-Teaching-but-Should-Be-with-Mark-Cohen-of-Legal-Mosaic.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 29, 2017
098: Top 1L Questions: Non-Traditional Law Students
42:24

Welcome back! Today we are sharing tips for the non-traditional law students out there. If you're getting ready for law school, this episode is going to be one you definitely want to flag! There is great stuff in here that even full-time, more traditional law students can learn from as well.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • People who might be considered “non-traditional” law students
  • Balancing school and other obligations, including work and family
  • Financial challenges unique to non-traditional students, and resources to help alleviate the stress
  • Getting used to being in an academic environment after a break
  • The advantages non-traditional students may have over traditional students
  • Having a master calendar for all areas of your life, and how to prioritize based on degree of urgency
  • Learning how to utilize your “village” for help – and it’s okay to ask for help!
  • Culture shock for those who are the first in their families to go to college or graduate school

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode-98-Top-1L-Questions-Non-Traditional-Students-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

May 22, 2017
097: The Future of the LSAT (with Nathan Fox)
42:29

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Nathan Fox, founder of Fox LSAT, about the future of the LSAT. The test is, in large part, the same as it has always been and it has enjoyed a protracted monopoly in the law school admissions process, but could that be changing? Tune in for more!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • New “competition” for the LSAT: Harvard will begin accepting GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores in their admissions process
  • The reasoning and possible motivation behind the change
  • Ways in which the LSAT and GRE are similar and different
  • How this change might affect candidates in the law school admissions process and the future of law school admissions, generally
  • The incorporation of technology in the digital LSAT pilot program taking place this year
  • Signs along your LSAT journey that might indicate you’re better off choosing another path – and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode-97-The-LSAT-with-Nathan-Fox.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 15, 2017
096: How to Rapidly Pay off Law School Debt (with guest Financial Panther)
38:40

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 08, 2017
095: Top 1L Questions: Time and LIfe Management
40:43

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

May 01, 2017
094: How to Succeed at Your Summer Legal Job (with Sara O'Connor)
51:18

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Sara O'Connor, one of our law school and bar exam tutors, about setting yourself up for summer job success, regardless of the type of job you're going to be doing. Summer law jobs can come with a lot of pressure. There are many things to consider when trying to make a good impression; work product, work ethic, and interpersonal skills are key factors. Tune in for a preview of life as a summer associate or intern, along with tips for getting the most out of the experience (including a job offer).

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What makes someone a successful summer associate or legal intern
  • How to approach your assignments
  • Strategies for managing your workload
  • Speaking up: asking for assignments and constructive feedback
  • Successfully working with support staff
  • Some of the factors on which you will be evaluated, and remembering that you, too, are evaluating the experience with the employer

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode-94-Summer-Job-Success-w-Sara-OConnor.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

Apr 24, 2017
093: Top 1L Questions: Academic Concerns
38:43

Welcome back! Today, we’re addressing some of the questions we've gotten from incoming 1Ls about law school academics. There are many things about law school that inherently make law school intimidating, unfamiliar territory. Tune in for some tips on preparing yourself mentally for what to expect so you go into your 1L year with a strategy for success.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Elements of law school that are challenging and different from what you’ve experienced in the past
  • How to manage the heavy workload (hint: there’s no shortcut)
  • Tracking your time and evaluating your methods to course-correct along the way
  • Tips for part-time students managing additional responsibilities
  • Good confusion vs. bad confusion and how to know if you’re prepared for class
  • How to stand out – in a good way – in law school

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode-93-Top-Incoming-1L-Questions_Academics.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

Apr 17, 2017
092: Top 1L Questions: The Money Edition
36:17

Welcome back! Today, we’re answering the top questions we get from incoming 1Ls and we're talking about the bottom line: money. For many people, talking about money is taboo, uncouth, or just uncomfortable, but if you’re planning to go to law school, it better be a key factor in your decision-making process. You got into law school, but how are you going to pay for it? The financial decisions you make now can have rippling effects long after graduation.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • When you should take scholarship money over a more prestigious, but more expensive, school
  • When and how to negotiate your scholarship offers
  • The reality of student loans: how much should you take out, disbursement, repayment, and the impact of interest
  • Alternative sources of loans and scholarships, and getting support from your “village”
  • How to budget as a law student
  • Thrifty life hacks and side hustles to save money and get paid in law school
  • What’s reasonable and necessary with respect to bar expenses and bar loans

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode_92_-_Top_Incoming_1L_Questions_Money-1.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (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

Apr 10, 2017
091: From Lawyer to Entrepreneur to Mayor! How to get involved in local politics.
42:57

Welcome back! Today, get ready to be inspired! We’re talking with Rachel Hundley, an attorney who, after living the law firm life in New York City, eventually landed in the California Wine Country City of Sonoma. Not long after relocating there, she started to get involved in local politics, first getting elected to the City Council in 2014 and then unanimously being voted Mayor in 2016. She also co-owns a food truck called Drums and Crumbs. Rachel offers not just some great practical tips for being active in your local community, she also provides an inspiring example of someone who felt a calling and pursued it—more than once, undeterred by various obstacles—where there’s a will, there’s a way!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The unexpected trajectory of Rachel’s post-law school journey
  • Her campaign, and how to run for local office
  • What it’s really like in the day-to-day, behind-the-scenes life of a local elected official
  • Skills you learn in law school and cultivate as lawyers that are huge assets in politics, entrepreneurship, and beyond
  • How to take the most from every experience, and how to get experience and connections that count
  • The recent call to public service many are feeling nationwide, and different ways to get involved
  • Being an informed citizen and making your voice heard, especially for young people

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Episode-91-Rachel-Hundley.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (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

Apr 03, 2017
090: Getting Ready for the July 2017 Bar Exam (with Ariel Salzer)
42:06

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Ariel Salzer, tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox, about the upcoming July 2017 bar exam season! Change is in the air, especially with the new California bar exam format and new MBE scoring rules, so your strategy might shift a bit. But one thing remains constant: you can’t get through any bar exam without deliberate, focused, and practical studying—and a lot of it.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Changes to the California bar exam format from 3 days to 2 days
  • Potential winners and losers with the new format
  • The impact of reducing the California performance test to one 90-minute segment
  • Chatter about the exam changes and the debate over lowering the passing score in California—and why you should ignore all of it during your bar exam prep
  • Practicing active learning for the MBE and recognizing legally significant facts
  • The benefits of, and strategies for, starting your bar prep early

Resources:

Esqyr (http://www.esqyr.com/)
Esqyr 10% Off Coupon (http://www.esqyr.com/barexamtoolbox/)
SmartBarPrep.com (http://www.smartbarprep.com/)
State Bar of California Notice re: Modification to Format and Grading of the California Bar Examination Effective with July 2017 Administration (http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/4/documents/Examinations/NoticeTwoDay0815_R.pdf)
“California bar exam’s passing score should be lowered, critics say.” (http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/California-bar-exam-s-passing-score-should-be-10999240.php)
Sample 90-Minute Performance Test Instructions and File (http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/4/documents/specialNotices/2017_Sample_90-MinutePT_File_R.pdf)
Podcast Episode 78: Advice for First-Time Bar Exam Takers (http://barexamtoolbox.com/podcast-episode-78-advice-first-time-bar-exam-takers/)
Podcast Episode 52: Bar Exam Tips for Mastering the MBE (http://barexamtoolbox.com/podcast-episode-52-bar-exam-tips-mastering-mbe/)
Please Do Not Spend All of Your Time Studying the Law! (http://barexamtoolbox.com/please-do-not-spend-all-of-your-time-studying-the-law/)
Can Studying Early Help You Pass the Bar Exam? (http://barexamtoolbox.com/can-studying-early-help-you-pass-the-bar-exam/)
How to Become Great at Taking the Bar Exam with Deliberate Practice (http://barexamtoolbox.com/become-great-taking-bar-exam/)
Why I Hired a Bar Exam Tutor (http://barexamtoolbox.com/hired-bar-exam-tutor)

Bar Exam Workshops and Courses at BarExamToolbox.com:

Writing of the Week (WOW) Bar Essay Workshop (http://barexamtoolbox.com/writing-of-the-week-wow-bar-essay-workshop/)
California Bar Exam Tutoring (http://barexamtoolbox.com/california-bar-exam-tutoring/)
Florida Bar Exam Tutoring (http://barexamtoolbox.com/florida-bar-exam-tutoring/)
Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), MEE, and MPT Tutoring (http://barexamtoolbox.com/uniform-bar-exam-ube-mee-and-mpt-tutoring/)

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Episode-90-2017-Bar-Exam-with-Ariel-Salzer.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (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 prepping for the bar exam, be sure to check out our Bar Exam Toolbox website (http://barexamtoolbox.com), too.

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 27, 2017
089: The Leap from Undergrad to Law School (with Keri Clapp)
43:41

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Keri Clapp, professor and tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox, about important considerations to keep in mind as you make the transition from undergrad to law school. Keri, who teaches at both the undergraduate and law school level, offers her unique perspective to help us bring to light the key differences so you know what’s in store.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Differences between undergrad and law school teaching methods, course materials, and study habits
  • How struggling with the material is normal and part of the learning process
  • What it means to “think like a lawyer”
  • Overcoming the initial resistance to, and awkwardness of, legal writing
  • Understanding social and lifestyle differences
  • Informational interviews and other ways to get a taste for what it’s really like to be a law student and a lawyer before you take the plunge
  • The importance of knowing yourself and your learning style

Resources:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (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

Mar 20, 2017
088: Self-Care Tips for Keeping Your Mojo in Law School
35:10

Welcome back! Today, let's take a break, and talk about self-care strategies to keep your mojo strong as a law student. Law school is stressful enough on a good day, and, with everything going on in the world, global anxiety is at an all-time high. This combo is leading to a lot of stressed out, anxious law students! If this is you, we've got some strategies and advice to keep things from spinning out of control.


In this episode, we discuss:

- Simple self-care and why it’s so important!
- Scheduling time to “check in” with yourself
- How to unplug from technology and reboot
- Understanding your “Sphere of Control”
- Balancing law school and maintaining focus in a tumultuous political environment
- Remembering the big picture and finding perspective

Resources:
Podcast Episode 1: Mindset – The Key to Success in Law School? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-1-mindset-key-success-law-school/)
Podcast Episode 43: Getting Mentally Prepared to Start Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-43-getting-mentally-prepared-to-start-law-school/)
• Podcast Episode 15: The October Freakout (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-15-october-freakout/)
Podcast Episode 7: Time and Life Management Basics (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-7-time-life-management-basics/)
Podcast Episode 17: Where to Get Help in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-17-get-help-law-school/)
Podcast Episode 2: Why Is Law School Hard? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-2-law-school-hard/)
Jain, Renee. “Teach your Child this Crucial Life Lesson (Challenge #2: Sphere of Control).” Huffington Post, Feb 21, 2017. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teach-your-child-this-crucial-life-lesson-challenge_us_5898a6fde4b0985224db578e)
Ginsberg, Ruth Bader. My Own Words. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016. (https://www.amazon.com/Own-Words-Ruth-Bader-Ginsburg/dp/150114524X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489105437&sr=8-1&keywords=ruth+bader+ginsburg)

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (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). And 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

Mar 13, 2017
087: Affordable Bar Prep & Social Entrepreneurship (w/Chris Henjum of Esqyr.com)
33:41

Welcome back. Today, we’re talking with Chris J. Henjum, an attorney and social entrepreneur. Chris is the co-founder of Esqyr.com, a public benefit corporation devoted to providing credible, affordable test prep (starting with the bar exam). Chris is also an attorney and analyst with Flaherty & Hood in St. Paul, Minnesota.

If you're looking for bar prep options, or want to learn more about social entrepreneurship, tune in!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why Chris took three bar exams, and then founded a bar prep company!
  • Why are most bar prep courses so expensive?
  • The challenges of balancing a side hustle with a full-time job and a new child
  • What's it like to be a social entrepreneur, and what causes is Esqyr.com working to support?
  • Chris and Lee discuss their favorite tools for organizing their lives and businesses
  • Tips for success in law school and on the bar exam
  • Why flash cards are terrible for learning the law
  • How to handle failure and react to criticism

Resources

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (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! Best of luck on the bar exam!

Alison & Lee

Mar 06, 2017
086: Resources for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
44:48

Welcome back. Today, we’re taking a little bit of a detour to talk about entrepreneurship. Or, maybe it’s not such a detour, given the number of lawyers who end up creating solo practices or small firms, or who leave the law entirely to start new businesses!

If you are looking to start your own business or create a side hustle, tune in! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why everyone should think of themselves as an entrepreneur, even if they have a steady paycheck
  • Why every BigLaw lawyer should read The 4-Hour Workweek
  • Lee and Alison discuss their paths to entrepreneurship
  • Why it might be a terrible idea to build a business around what you love to do
  • Strategies for getting your business or side hustle off the ground
  • How technology can make it easier to start a new business
  • Books that we found helpful on the entrepreneurial path
  • When it makes sense to work with a business or life coach
  • Resources for raising funding for your new endeavor
  • Why community matters if you want to be an entrepreneur (and how to build your community)

Resources:

Books

People to Follow

Software

Resources for Raising Capital

Other Resources

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (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).

Thanks for listening! Good luck with your path to entrepreneurship!

Alison & Lee

Feb 27, 2017
085: Surviving as a Summer Associate and New Firm Lawyer (with Grover Cleveland)
38:19

Welcome back. Today, we’re talking with Grover Cleveland, a Seattle lawyer and speaker and the author of the bestselling career advice book for new lawyers, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer.

If you're in law school or are starting your legal career in a law firm, tune in! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Grover tells us about the origin of his bestselling book, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks
  • Lee and Grover share their experiences as new associates
  • The most common mistakes summer associates and new full-time associates make
  • What lawyers should wear to the office
  • The soft skills law students need to succeed in their legal careers
  • The realities of work/life balance, and how to ask about the topic in interviews
  • How to set boundaries
  • Getting feedback on your performance

Resources

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (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).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Feb 20, 2017
084: Using Rules Effectively in Legal Writing (w/ guest Jason Jones)
36:31

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Law School Toolbox tutor (and former law professor) Jason Jones about a very important aspect of law school exam success – using legal rules. 

Some of you might be thinking, “Duh, of course, I know how to use legal rules. It’s all we talk about in class and I have them all in my outline.” But, we see A LOT of exam answers – where students swear they knew the rules going in – that really don’t include rules at all.

If you want to set yourself up for legal rule success, tune in! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What's the rule supposed to accomplish in legal writing?
  • Why it's important to have accurate, complete rule statements
  • Common issues students have with using legal rules effectively
  • What a bad rule statement looks like
  • Do you need to memorize your rule statements exactly? 
  • How do you know if the rules in your outline are correct and easy to use?
  • Is it okay to just look up the rules in a commercial outline?
  • Alison and Jason share examples of what do to (and not to do) with rules in legal writing

Resources

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (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).

Thanks for listening! Good luck with those rule statements!

Alison & Lee

Feb 13, 2017
083: Lawyers in Action - The Airport Immigration Crisis
56:42

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’ve got a special episode for you. We are honored to be talking with several volunteer lawyers who sprung into action at airports around the country, helping people caught up in the chaos that ensued after President Trump issued his executive order on immigration. This executive order, issued at the close of business on Friday, January 27th, 2017 resulted in a slew of deportations and detentions of travelers who were traveling with what they thought were valid visas. It’s also generated a number of emergency injunctions in federal courts around the country. Tune in to hear what the situation was like on the ground, and how lawyers and law students can get involved to help.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Interviews with lawyers on the front lines: Sarah Sherman Stokes, Professor at Boston University School of Law volunteering with students in Boston, and Cindy Grossman, law firm tax partner volunteering at Newark Airport
  • What was really going on at the airports and in the courts
  • How lawyers got involved and self-organized a response
  • How lawyers can, and did, help, even if they have other areas of substantive expertise
  • The challenges of getting information to travelers who might need help
  • What information, if any, lawyers were able to get about people being detained
  • Classes to can take if you are interested in immigration law, and activities to participate in
  • The value of law school clinics for building confidence and legal skills
  • Issues that immigrants face, beyond just immigration
  • How law students and lawyers can get involved and help
  • The importance of lawyers brushing up on their general civil rights skills
  • What it's like to fight the good fight in difficult situations

Resources

Twitter Accounts:

Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Feb 06, 2017
082: The Happy Lawyer Project with Okeoma Moronu
34:24

Welcome back! Today we're talking with Okeoma Moronu, a BigLaw mid-level associate and creator of The Happy Lawyer Project. 

Are you a law student wondering if you can be happy as a lawyer? Are you a lawyer looking for happiness? It's really not impossible. Tune in for fresh ideas!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Can lawyers really be happy? 
  • Advice for young associates deciding what type of law to focus on
  • Corporate or litigation? What are the pros and cons?
  • How to make BigLaw work for you
  • How to know if you should leave the law profession entirely
  • How to find happiness as a lawyer or law student
  • What to do in law school to prepare for a happy career 
  • How to connect with the Happy Lawyer Project 

Resources

Episode Transcript: Download a copy of the transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jan 30, 2017
081: Building Emotional Intelligence
38:40

Welcome back! Today we're talking about something that's not discussed all that often in law school, which is emotional intelligence. This is an important piece of the puzzle for happiness and success in your law career and in life. 

Want to know how to develop these skills? Tune in! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is emotional intelligence?
  • Why is emotional intelligence important in legal work?
  • Can better emotional intelligence make you a better lawyer (or will it just make you soft)?
  • How to handle the stress of navigating rough waters for your clients
  • Why there's persistent conflict in the legal profession and how to handle it
  • Lee and Alison give examples of conflict from their legal work
  • Personality types and how they affect your lawyering
  • The importance of empathy and compassion in lawyers
  • Exercises and resources for developing emotional intelligence

Resources

Episode Transcript: Download a copy of the transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jan 23, 2017
080: Bar Exam 101 - An Introduction
37:32

Welcome back! Today, we're talking about the basics of the bar exam. This episode might send shudders down your spine if you're a 3L looking to take the bar exam next summer, or perhaps you're thinking, "Hey, I'm a 1L. Why should I be worrying about this so early?"

Well, the reality is the bar exam is a pretty big deal and is one of the final hurdles to becoming a lawyer. So whether you're taking the next bar exam or taking it a few years from now, you need to understand the basics, to ensure you prepare effectively and only have to take it once!

(We're pleased to announce our episodes now contain a transcript, which you'll find below. Enjoy!)

In this episode we discuss:

  • Bar exam basics, especially California and the UBE states
  • What the UBE consists of (MPT, MBE, MEE)
  • What the performance test covers and how to prepare
  • What to expect on the MBE and how to prepare
  • Being strategic and matching your bar exam planning to your career objectives
  • Questions to ask yourself as you decide which bar exam to take
  • The changes coming to the California bar exam
  • Should you wait to take the CA bar exam? 
  • Will CA be harder or easier after the changes?
  • Planning ahead for the bar exam as a 1L and 2L 
  • Other state bar exams you may encounter
  • Choosing the right bar review provider and whether you need to buy immediately as a law student
  • What are accommodations and how can you get them for the bar exam?
  • Should you take bar electives in law school?
  • The future of the bar exam

Resources

Episode Transcript: Download a copy of the transcript

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening! Good luck on the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

Jan 16, 2017
079: Making the Most of Your Second Semester in Law School
42:32

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking about making the most of your second semester of law school. 

By now, you probably have some or all of your grades back, so this is a good time to take stock of where you are and make any changes necessary to get the most out of your second semester. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dealing with your first semester grades, whether they're good, bad, or in the middle
  • What do your 1L first semester grades really indicate? 
  • Calibrating your expectations
  • Evaluating what went well and what you need to improve on
  • How your grades can affect your 1L summer job search
  • What should you be focusing on in the second semester?
  • What you can be doing to advance your future legal career, even as a 1L
  • Preparing for the law journal write-on process
  • Thinking about Moot Court
  • Extra-curricular activities to consider getting involved with second semester
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Handling burnout
  • The Law School Toolbox Second Semester ReBoot course, if your grades need to improve

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening! Good luck second semester.

Alison & Lee

Jan 09, 2017
078: Advice for First-Time Bar Exam Takers
42:59

Welcome back! Today we're sharing advice for first-time bar exam takers, to ensure you can take the test once and pass. Even if you're still in law school, and the bar exam is years away, it's never too early to get informed and chart a course for success, so tune in.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Mistakes first-time bar takers commonly make
  • How to evaluate what type of bar prep is for you
  • Do you need to take a commercial bar prep course?
  • The importance of knowing your strengths and weaknesses when studying
  • Alison and Lee share their experience as first-time bar exam takers
  • Avoiding burnout while studying for the bar
  • What to do if you sense that your bar prep course isn't working for you
  • What role minimum competency should play in your bar exam strategy
  • Ways to prepare for the MBE efficiently
  • Preparing for the day of the bar exam
  • How to prepare for emergencies that may arise as you're studying or on test day
  • The importance of targeted practice
  • Accommodations and how to get them

Resources

Download a copy of this transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Episode-79-Making-the-most-of-second-semester.pdf)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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). And we have lots of bar exam advice on our Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com) site.

Thanks for listening! Good luck on the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

Jan 02, 2017
077: How to Get Great Letters of Recommendation for Anything
37:06

Welcome back! Today we’re talking about how to get great letters of recommendation, whether you need them to apply to law school, get a job or clerkship, or for some other purpose as a law student.

Fundamentally, there are two issues at play here. First, who should you ask to write your letters? How can you ensure they're actually enthusiastic? And, two, what information do your letter writers need to do the best possible job for you? After this episode, you'll be able to pinpoint the best people to help you, and ensure they write you stellar letters of recommendation! So let's get started.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Who should you ask for a letter of recommendation? 
  • What makes someone a good recommender?
  • How can you tell if they're the right person for your needs?
  • What you're looking for in a good letter of recommendation
  • Lee and Alison share their letter of recommendation experiences, as students and as recommenders
  • What types of letters of recommendation should you get for law school, legal employment, clerkships, internships, etc.?
  • How to ask someone for a letter of recommendation
  • How to ensure the recommendation actually gets done
  • What do you need to give someone so they can complete the letter?
  • What should you do if the recommender asks you to write the letter yourself?

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening! Good luck with getting those recommendations!

Alison & Lee

Dec 19, 2016
076: Making the Most of Your Law School Winter Break
32:10

Welcome back! Today, as finals wind down, we're talking about what you can do over winter break to improve your law school (and legal career) experience. Don't worry, a lot of it is fun! Not just more work - you've done enough for now. Winter break is a time to recuperate, but we do have a few suggestions!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Alison and Lee share their winter break experiences
  • The importance of relaxation after finals
  • Why you may need to reconnect with loved ones
  • The value of investing in your community and doing volunteer work
  • Reinvigorating your passion for law school
  • Things you can do to work on your soft skills while you are off from school
  • Getting ahead on your job search
  • How to handle less than desirable final grades

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening! Have a nice, relaxing break!

Alison & Lee

Dec 12, 2016
075: Learn about Structured Negotiation and Disability Rights Law (with Lainey Feingold)
42:26

Welcome back! Today, we’re excited to have attorney and author Lainey Feingold here with us. She is a long-time disability rights lawyer and developed a technique called Structured Negotiation that is the subject of her book, "Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits," which was recently published by the ABA. Structure Negotiation has been used with well-known organizations including major banks, Walmart, the city of San Francisco, and Major League Baseball to address accessibility issues in physical and virtual environments, outside of court.

If you're interested in learning more this new alternative dispute resolution approach or want to craft a non-traditional legal path, tune in. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is Structured Negotiation?
  • How is it different from other alternative dispute resolution techniques?
  • Personality traits and skills that are useful in Structured Negotiation
  • Lainey's path to becoming a disability rights attorney
  • The importance of resilience in a legal career
  • Advice for law students interested in an alternative legal practice
  • Advice on starting a small firm or solo practice
  • Resources that can help when pursuing this type of career
  • How you can learn more about Structured Negotiation

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Dec 05, 2016
074: Should You Go To Law School?
37:54

Welcome back! Today we are talking about a very important topic -- who should go to law school? People have a variety of reasons for going to law school, but the real question is -- should YOU go? We'll help you figure that out.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What do lawyers really do?
  • What is law school like?
  • Questions to ask yourself before you apply to law school
  • Ways to learn about the legal profession
  • Ways to test out a legal career
  • The people you should talk to before making the big decision
  • Being realistic about money, time, the bar exam, and employment
  • The importance of figuring out what you're good at and what you like
  • Should you go to law school just because you think you'd be "good at it"?
  • Why you shouldn't go to law school because you don't know what else to do
  • Drawbacks to consider when going to law school
  • Will you be happy as a lawyer?
  • What to do if you're on the fence about law school 
  • The importance of examining your values and how they would line up with law school and a legal career
  • Running the numbers -- is law school worth it?

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Nov 28, 2016
073: What To Do if You Failed the Bar Exam (with Ariel Salzer)
38:47

Welcome back! Today we're talking about a difficult reality – what happens when you don’t pass the bar exam. Ariel Salzer, one of our bar exam tutors, is here with Lee to share some advice.

If you got disappointing bar exam news, we have helpful tips in this podcast to help you regroup and get ready to pass next time. If you're in law school now, you can also find some useful information on how to be as prepared as possible so, hopefully, you only have to take the bar exam once. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What should you do when you get bad news?
  • Does anyone really care if you failed (other than you)?
  • How to analyze what went wrong
  • Strategies for self-reflection
  • Why it's important to feel bad and take some time and space to be upset
  • Creating your bar prep mission statement
  • How to make sure you aren't setting yourself up for the same mistakes on your next attempt
  • How to hold yourself accountable during the bar study period
  • Avoiding self-sabotage
  • How to tell people you failed
  • Do you need accommodations and how to seek them?
  • Should you take the next bar exam or wait?
  • How to take a more active role in the correction, review, and rewrite process

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening! And good luck on the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

Nov 21, 2016
072: Seeking Accommodations in Law School and on the Bar Exam (with Dr. Jared Maloff)
40:46

Welcome back! Today we're talking with Dr. Jared Maloff, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, California, about helping students get testing accommodations for tests such as the LSAT, law school exams, and the California Bar Exam (to name a few).

If you're struggling in law school or with the bar exam or know that you have a learning disorder, listen in to find out what accommodations are available, and now to request them.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The different accommodations available for different tests (LSAT, Bar Exam, Law School Exams)
  • The types of tests used for diagnosing learning disorders and disabilities
  • How are these tests evaluated?
  • What are the common diagnoses that lead to accommodations?
  • What type of accommodations are available to students to level the playing field?
  • Reasons why students don't want to get tested
  • How to identify if you are struggling with a learning disorder
  • The biggest mistakes students make in the accommodations process
  • Where do you need to go to get evaluated?
  • The costs associated with accommodations
  • Coping mechanisms for common problems
  • The importance of being proactive about seeking accommodations

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Nov 14, 2016
071: Soft Skills to Develop in Law School to be Practice Ready
40:04

Welcome back. Today we’re talking about the soft skills you need to develop to be a successful attorney.

It shouldn’t be shocking to learn that law school doesn’t totally prepare you to be a successful lawyer. Sure, you learn useful skills like legal writing and legal analysis, but building a practice (and a book of business) requires other skills. Some law schools are getting better at offering opportunities for students to gain these skills, but ultimately it's up to you to make sure you're fully ready to practice.

Tune in to find out which soft skills are important and how to develop them. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The types of soft skills that tend to make you a successful attorney, regardless of your practice area
  • Why lawyers need to understand how business works (even in public interest organizations)
  • How to work on your business skills
  • How to deal with clients
  • Developing an elevator pitch
  • Tips for public speaking
  • How to communicate effectively with others in the legal workplace
  • Using law school to build these skills
  • Why technological literacy matters to attorneys
  • The value of knowing another language
  • Why you should work on your leadership skills
  • Should you include these soft skills on your resume? 

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

 

Nov 07, 2016
070: How to Decide What Type of Law to Practice
41:28

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we’re talking about how to figure out what type of law to practice. There are more options than most people realize, and your career happiness and success can ride on these decisions, so it’s important to think beyond “litigation or corporate.” Ideally, you’ll find something that uses your unique skills, interests, and background to set yourself apart from the pack.

Tune in for ideas on how to decide what's the best fit for you!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The different types of law that exist beyond just litigation and corporate work
  • How you can learn what each type of lawyer does
  • Alison and Lee share their experience with different practice areas
  • Should you specialize?
  • Why internships and externships can help you decide what type of law to practice
  • Questions you can ask yourself to decide which type of law is the best fit for you
  • How to test the waters and find out if a certain type of law is a good fit
  • The importance of thinking about your career options early
  • How to use your own unique skills, traits, and background to your advantage

Resources

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 31, 2016
069: Building the 21st-Century Lawyer
50:24

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today Lee is leading a panel discussion about what it takes to succeed as a 21st-Century lawyer. In this discussion, we dive into the characteristics of successful lawyers in today's legal workplace and talk about how to gain those skills and traits while still in law school.

Many thanks to Thomson Reuters, the sponsor for this episode. You likely interact with their products every day when you're using useful tools such as WestLaw, TWEN, and Practical Law. Thomson Reuters brings you tools and insights to help you perform your best now and when you go pro as a practicing attorney. You can visit them at lawschool.westlaw.com. We appreciate their support!

We would also like to thank the following panelists for participating in the discussion: 

Katie Walter, Marketing Director for Law School Business, Thomson Reuters

Chris Mammen, Lecturer, UC Hastings College of Law; Partner, Hogan Lovells

Diane Downs,  Director of Attorney Recruiting at Morrison and Foerster LLP

Dave Maurer, Managing Director/Office Leader for San Francisco, Major, Lindsay & Africa

In this episode we discuss:

  • What do law firms want in a candidate?
  • How to present yourself in a hiring situation
  • 4 characteristics that are important in a 21st-Century lawyer
  • Curiosity and why it's important as a law student and young lawyer
  • Mastering a class vs. getting a good grade
  • How to distinguish yourself from other candidates
  • The importance of mastering your craft
  • Why you need to be a good legal writer 
  • How to improve as a writer
  • Mentorship in the legal and law school setting
  • Taking advantage of the resources available to you in law school
  • The importance of feedback 
  • Ways law students who came directly from undergrad can gain valuable workplace experience
  • The importance of building a network as a law student 

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening! And thanks again to Thomson Reuters for sponsoring this episode!

Alison & Lee

 

Oct 24, 2016
068: Top Ten Legal Research and Writing Disasters to Avoid
41:09

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Almost every 1L in the country will take some sort of legal research and writing class. Today, we're discussing the top ten LRW disasters we see again and again, so you can avoid them!

Many thanks to Thomson Reuters, the sponsor for this episode. You likely interact with their products every day when you're using useful tools such as WestLaw, TWEN, and Practical Law. Thomson Reuters brings you tools and insights to help you perform your best now and when you go pro as a practicing attorney. You can visit them at lawschool.westlaw.com. We appreciate their support!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The top ten legal research and writing problems you're likely to face as a law student
  • The importance of planning for the worst
  • Why and how to back up your computer
  • How to manage your LRW time effectively 
  • Why you should have a plan and a schedule for every LRW assignment
  • How to be sure you're clear on what you're being asked to do for each LRW assignment
  • Tools for outlining and organizing information
  • The importance of citations and how to be sure you're doing them correctly
  • Finding help when you need it

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening! Good luck on your LRW assignments! And thanks again to Thomson Reuters for sponsoring this episode.

Alison & Lee

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Oct 17, 2016
067: Your Mid-Semester Law School To-Do List
35:38

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're running through your mid-semester to-do list to ensure you're where you need to be before it's too late.

Mid-semester is the time when reality sets in for most law students. Whatever is going on - midterms, sniffles, boredom - it's time to focus on the end goal and get serious about preparation. Here's what you need to be doing, now.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How you should handle the next 7-8 weeks
  • The importance of deep work in the second half of the semester
  • Setting up your study calendar
  • Getting ready for finals
  • Ways of tracking your time if you're not sure how it's slipping away
  • Searching for a summer job as a 1L (you can start Dec. 1)
  • Avoiding distractions and battling procrastination
  • How to do a self check-in
  • Where to go for help
  • Stress management techniques and staying healthy
  • How to manage your personal relationships, especially around the holidays and exams

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening! Good luck the rest of the semester!

Alison & Lee

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Oct 10, 2016
066: Tips for a Successful Law School Internship or Externship
39:27

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're talking about how to have a successful law school internship or externship experience. For most law students, these jobs are their first experiences in the legal workplace (or maybe in any professional workplace). Be sure you're behaving like a responsible professional, and you'll set yourself up for success in any internship or externship!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What's the difference between an internship and an externship?
  • Different types of internships or externships, and how the expectations vary
  • What should you do (and not do) in a legal workplace?
  • How to be a professional
  • What do people really expect of you?
  • Practical tips for day-to-day scenarios (meetings, phone calls, email, etc.)
  • How to get along with others in the workplace
  • Defining your goals for this experience
  • Traits you should develop to succeed as a lawyer

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. 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).

Thanks for listening! Good luck in your internships and externships!

Alison & Lee

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