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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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!

Episode Date
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/)

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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!

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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!

Thanks for listening!

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!

Thanks for listening!

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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Oct 03, 2016
065: How to Make a Useful Law School Outline
38:46

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we're talking about making outlines and other study aids, which are important in helping you make sense of everything you're learning in law school. This episode is based on a question we got from a 1L listener, so don't be shy about reaching out with your own questions! Contact details are below.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is an outline and what is its purpose?
  • Do you really have to make an outline, or are there other viable options?
  • How should you start outlining?
  • What materials you need to start outlining
  • What you should include in your outline
  • The importance of testing your outline
  • How you can get help if you are having problems outlining
  • Common outlining issues we see repeatedly
  • How to handle cases in your study aids

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 those outlines.

Alison & Lee

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Sep 26, 2016
064: Developing Grit in Law School
42:08

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today we’re talking about grit - that quality that lets you get back up and carry on after you've been knocked down. And, every law student is probably going to get knocked down a time or two!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is grit important in law school? 
  • The harsh realities of law school
  • Why just being "smart" isn't enough any longer
  • Situations where you will need grit in law school
  • How will you handle the bumps in the road when they come? Do you have a plan?
  • Alison and Lee share stories of needing grit in law school
  • How mindfulness can be helpful in tough situations 
  • Whether grit can be cultivated
  • Activities that can help build your "grit"
  • The five characteristics of grit

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

Resources:

Sep 19, 2016
063: Dealing with Self-Sabotaging Behavior in Law School
39:16

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking about something lots of law students deal with - self-sabotaging behavior. If you start your day with the best of intentions, but get nothing done by the time it's over, tune in! You're definitely not alone.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is this such an important topic in law school?
  • What do we mean by self-sabotage?
  • Common ways to self-sabotage as a law student
  • How to balance life and law school 
  • Ways to fight procrastination
  • What are you really responsible for in law school?
  • How to create a study schedule and stick to it 
  • Other methods to create accountability and manage your time
  • Do you need an accountability partner? 
  • How to spot self-sabotaging behavior in yourself and redirect 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!

Alison & Lee

Resources:

Sep 12, 2016
062: Surviving the Socratic Method in Law School Classes
34:04

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking about the Socratic Method and law school classes more generally. If you're intimidated by class, tune in for tips on surviving (even if you're unprepared).

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the Socratic Method?
  • Why do law professors use the Socratic Method?
  • Why you shouldn't be afraid of law school class discussions
  • The importance of doing your reading and being prepared for class
  • What should you do if you didn't do the reading?
  • What you can do to make class more bearable
  • What you should and shouldn't be writing down in class
  • How to avoid being called on

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 class!

Alison & Lee

Resources:

Sep 05, 2016
061: Making the Most of Your 2L and 3L Years of Law School
36:51

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about what 2Ls and 3Ls need to be thinking about as they get into the swing of the later years of law school. If you want to make the most of your final years of law school, stay tuned.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to figure out where you went wrong your first year of school 
  • Tips on how to raise your GPA
  • The importance of getting feedback
  • Should you be taking bar electives? Which ones? When?
  • Do you know your graduation requirements?
  • Understanding your career goals and how to work toward them in law school
  • How to network in law school 
  • How much should you worry about the bar exam now? 
  • Setting yourself up for success in your legal career

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

Resources:

 

Aug 29, 2016
060: 5 Tips for Surviving the First Month of Law School
34:13

Welcome back. Today, we’re talking about 5 things to focus on academically in the first month of law school, to set yourself up for success later on. If you're just starting law school, this episode is for you!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why you should learn to read cases well in the beginning of law school
  • The importance of keeping up with your reading
  • Methods for avoiding distractions and paying attention in class
  • Different methods of note taking
  • Should you handwrite or type your class notes?
  • Why it's important to take advantage of office hours
  • Should you join a study group? 
  • Do you need an accountability partner?
  • Evaluating your schedule and staying accountable
  • How to take legal writing and research seriously without letting it take over your life

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

Resources:

Aug 22, 2016
059: Conquering Loneliness in Law School
38:18

Welcome back! Today we're talking about something that comes up for a lot of new and seasoned law students - being lonely or feeling isolated in law school. 

Your law school campus is filled with people, so how could anyone feel lonely? You may be surprised that it's a common feeling in law school. These feelings can be problematic, because they can affect your happiness and productivity and can lead you down the path to more serious mental health issues.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison talk about their own experiences with loneliness in law school
  • Ways to handle the move to a new city
  • Getting along with varied personalities in law school
  • How to meet people if you are an introvert
  • Strategies for finding a community outside of law school
  • What can you do to feel less isolated and alone?
  • How to stay connected to your support network
  • Handling the inevitable ups and downs of law school
  • The importance of getting 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! 

Alison & Lee

Resources:

Aug 15, 2016
058: Non-Profit Law and Social Entrepreneurship (with Guest Adrian Tirtanadi of Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal)
30:23

Welcome back! Today we're talking about doing good works with Adrian Tirtanadi, founder of Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal, a non-profit legal startup in San Francisco. This is a great episode for anyone who is interested in how access to legal services can change a community and for everyone interested in entrepreneurial non-profit or public interest law.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Adrian started Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal
  • A day in the life of a non-profit
  • Advice for those seeking a path of social entrepreneurship
  • How to get involved in non-profit
  • What NOT to do in your cover letter and resume if you are seeking a job or internship at a non-profit organization
  • The skills you need to succeed as a social entrepreneur
  • What Adrian would have done differently in law school 

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 give some money to Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal, because they're a great organization.

Alison & Lee

Resources:

Aug 08, 2016
057: Tips for Surviving Law School Orientation
33:15

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. Today, we’re talking about law school Orientation. If you’re getting ready to start law school, tune in!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What happens at Orientation?
  • Do you even have to go to Orientation? 
  • Lee and Alison share their Orientation experiences (including a city-wide blackout!)
  • What should you aim to get out of Orientation?
  • How to deal with different personality types
  • How to adjust to being back in school after a professional job
  • Surviving Orientation if you are an introvert
  • Why you need an elevator pitch
  • Who do you go to with post-Orientation questions?

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 law school!

Alison & Lee

Resources:

Aug 01, 2016
056: Getting off to a Smart Start in Law School
39:49

Welcome back. Today, we’re talking about how to study smart in law school so you can stay on top of your workload and do as well as possible academically, without undue stress and strain. 

We talk to a lot of incoming 1Ls, and one of the questions we hear over and over is how to handle the huge workload in law school. It can be incredibly intimidating to start law school, especially if you have never had a job that required you to work a lot of hours on an ongoing basis. So, what can you do to keep things under control? 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Challenges that undergrads can face if they go straight to law school 
  • How working prepares you for law school
  • Lee and Alison share how coming from the workforce helped them in law school
  • Managing the expectations of family and friends as you start law school
  • How to structure your time and get rid of distractions
  • How much time should certain tasks take (reading, class prep, deep thinking tasks, etc.)
  • The importance of creating a study calendar
  • Practical techniques for managing your time productively
  • How to stay accountable in law school 
  • Managing your life outside of law school (kids, significant others, emergencies, etc.)

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 law school!

Alison & Lee

Resources:

Jul 25, 2016
055: An Overview of BigLaw On-Campus Interviewing (OCI)
37:19

Today we’re talking about BigLaw OCI, or on-campus interviewing. This is the annual rite of passage where thousands of law students try to secure BigLaw summer associate positions for the next summer. In this episode, we talk at a high level about all of the aspects of OCI, and you can listen to our earlier OCI episodes for a deeper dive into the specifics of callbacks and initial interviews.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How does OCI work, in general? 
  • How different schools handle bidding
  • How do you know what firms to bid on? 
  • How many interviews should you do?
  • What are the interviewers looking for?
  • The callback process
  • How to decide which offer to accept
  • Why you should understand the NALP rules

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 the job hunt.

Alison & Lee

Resources:

 

Jul 18, 2016
054: How to Evaluate Your Summer Legal Job Experience
38:29

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking about how to evaluate your summer legal job experience, and how to make sure you leave on good terms. As your summer law job is drawing to a close, here are some ways to ensure you learn as much as you can from the experience.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What you need to be thinking about as your summer job comes to a close
  • Handling summer evaluations
  • Are there experiences you still want to have at this job?
  • Lee and Alison share their summer job experiences
  • Evaluating if this type of law or firm is right for you
  • The importance of references from your summer job 
  • What type of feedback are you getting, if any?
  • What can you take away from this job?
  • Is it OK to reach out after you have left and gone back to school?
  • How to leave gracefully and without burning any bridges

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

Jul 11, 2016
053: Acing Oral Arguments in Law School (with guest Megan Canty)
43:59

Welcome back! Today we’re discussing the role of the oral arguments and Moot Court in legal education, with special guest Megan Canty. Megan is a law school tutor with the Law School Toolbox and she is also Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Preparation at Wayne State University Law School.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The role of legal arguments in a law school setting
  • How oral arguments are useful for exams and practice
  • The difference between thinking like a lawyer and communicating like one
  • Lee and Megan's advice for students intimidated by oral arguments
  • How to figure out what facts matter, and which don't 
  • The basics of Moot Court 
  • What will distinguish you from the rest of the class in oral arguments
  • How Moot Court competitions work
  • Why honing your oral argument skills are important, even if you never practice appellate law 

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

Resources:

Jul 04, 2016
052: Bar Exam: Mastering the MBE
38:36

Welcome back! Today we're talking about how to conquer the bar exam, specifically the MBE. Taking six hours of multiple choice questions is challenging for just about everyone. For some, however, it can be a major speed bump on the road to bar exam success. 

Don't let the MBE prevent you from passing the bar exam. We've got some tips and strategies!

In this episode we discuss:

  • An overview of the MBE
  • How to find out exactly what's covered
  • What to expect during the MBE on test day
  • Why is the MBE so challenging?
  • What is the best way to study for the MBE?
  • Lee and Alison share their MBE experiences
  • Why practice is so important
  • The right way to practice
  • How much should you worry about timing?
  • What to do if you are really struggling with the MBE

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 check out our Bar Exam Toolbox website (http://barexamtoolbox.com) for more bar exam advice.

Thanks for listening! Best of luck on the bar exam!

Alison & Lee

Resources:

Jun 27, 2016
051: The Characters You'll Meet in Law School
40:37

Welcome back! Today we’ve got an entertaining topic – the eccentric characters you'll meet in law school, along with some tips on law school etiquette (if you don’t want to find yourself on this list in the future). 

Now, you might be wondering what we’re talking about. Isn’t law school just a bunch of students studying the law? Haha, as if. 

For whatever reason, law school tends to attract a rather eccentric cast of characters, some of whom you’re likely to run into, for better or worse!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the most notorious law school character type?
  • Other personality types you will meet in law school and how to deal with them
  • The characters Lee and Alison encountered in law school
  • Basic rules of law school etiquette
  • The importance of finding your people 
  • Avoiding relationship drama in law school
  • How "not to behave" in law school 

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! Best of luck with law school.

Alison & Lee

Resources:

 

 

Jun 20, 2016
050: How to Ace the Bar Exam Performance Test (with Doretta McGinnis)
49:02

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are focusing on the bar exam performance test. Joining Lee is guest Doretta McGinnis, one of our highly experienced bar exam and law school tutors. 

The performance test portion of the bar exam can be challenging for people, but with these tips you can conquer it and score well. Good luck!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is the performance test so hard?
  • The importance of following directions closely
  • Is practicing enough? How should you evaluate your work?
  • Why do students put off practice or refuse to do it? 
  • Why you should have a performance test plan 
  • The link between legal writing and the performance test
  • Lee and Doretta share common mistakes students make
  • How to improve your time management
  • How to make the grader's job easy

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 check out our bar exam site: Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com).

Thanks for listening! Best of luck with the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

Resources:

Jun 13, 2016
049: Will Law School Be a Disaster? (With Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher)
35:18

Welcome back! Today, we're talking with Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher, authors of "The Curve," a new novel set in a sinking ship of a law school. It addresses a number of critical issues in legal education today (and might make some people think twice about signing up to pay full tuition at a low-ranked law school offering limited job prospects!).

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion on the realities of law school today.

*This post contains an affiliate link

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why law school isn't a panacea for not knowing what to do with your life
  • Jeremy and Cameron's law school, and post-law school, stories
  • Should you go to law school? What if you really want to be a writer?
  • What should students be thinking about before they commit to law school?
  • Why you should read this book before you go to law school 
  • Words of Wisdom for law students and young lawyers

Resources: 

Thanks for listening!

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).

Enjoy! And best of luck in law school (if you decide life as a novelist isn't for you).

Alison & Lee

Jun 06, 2016
048: Our Top Bar Exam Essay Writing Tips (With Guest Ariel Salzer)
37:32

Welcome back! Today we have one of our most experienced bar tutors, Ariel Salzer with us to talk about the essay portion of the bar exam. Many students dread (and even put off) practicing for the essays. We dig into why this is and give helpful tips on how to tackle those essays and find bar exam success. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why are the bar exam essays so challenging?
  • The favorite strategy for preparing for the bar exam essays
  • Why is practice so important? 
  • Why students refuse to practice
  • Is re-writing worth your time? 
  • Why you need to do what makes you uncomfortable
  • Preparing yourself mentally and emotionally
  • Ariel and Lee share their bar essay experiences
  • The importance of self-evaluation
  • How to study the law to make your essays easier to write
  • What the graders are really looking for
  • How and why to take your timed practice tests
  • How to make the bar exam graders' job easy and get maximum points

Resources: 

Thanks for listening!

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 don't forget about our bar exam site: Bar Exam Toolbox! (http://barexamtoolbox.com)

Enjoy! And best of luck with the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

May 30, 2016
047: The Top Five Bar Exam Study Mistakes with Guest Ariel Salzer
36:49

Welcome back! Today we're discussing the top five mistakes students consistently make when preparing for the bar exam, with special guest Ariel Salzer. Ariel is one of our most experienced bar exam tutors, so we’re very excited to have her here today to give us a rundown of the biggest mistakes she sees students making – so you can avoid them!

We'd like to thank this episode's sponsor, one of our favorite MBE bar prep products, Adaptibar (www.adaptibar.com). With Adaptibar, you can practice with licensed questions released directly from the NCBE and used on past exams, and the program will automatically adjust to focus on your weakest areas. Students also tell us that they love studying on their mobile devices and laptops, and leaving the heavy MBE books at home. Interested? Use code C8UX at checkout for a $55 discount. 

Let's get to the show!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The single biggest mistake students make when preparing for the bar exam
  • How to take a "training wheels" approach to bar study
  • Why you should do what makes you most uncomfortable
  • Why you need to outline your essay on scratch paper
  • Whether you should practice in exam conditions
  • What does "minimum competency" mean in relation to the bar exam?
  • Fixing your problem areas
  • How you should be tracking what you personally need to work on
  • Why it's valuable to come up with your own attack plans
  • Memorizing in broad strokes vs. finer detail
  • The importance of mindfulness 

Resources: 

Thanks for listening!

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 don't forget about our bar exam site: Bar Exam Toolbox! (http://barexamtoolbox.com)

Enjoy! And best of luck with the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

May 23, 2016
046: 4 Myths About the LSAT from Expert Nathan Fox
44:04

Welcome back! Today we’re talking about some surprising LSAT myths with Nathan Fox, founder of Fox LSAT. 

In this episode we discuss:

Nathan shares his top myths about the LSAT (some of which are pretty surprising!):

         1. You should only take it once

         2. You need to finish the sections to score well

         3. You should closely monitor your time

         4. The logic games are hard

In addition:

  • Nathan shares his personal story about why he shouldn't have gone to law school
  • How scholarships work in relationship to how well you do on the LSAT
  • What do law school admissions people really care about? 
  • Alison shares her story about the LSAT and the mistakes she made
  • How to build up endurance for the LSAT
  • Why you need to practice the easy questions as much as the hard ones
  • The importance of the practice exam
  • When you should take the LSAT
  • Why you shouldn't fear the logic games
  • Tips to improve your LSAT score

Resources: 

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy! And best of luck with the LSAT.

Alison & Lee

 

May 16, 2016
045: Writing Effectively in Your Summer Legal Job
38:56

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking about writing effectively in a summer legal job. Joining us as a guest is Doretta McGinnis, who has taught Legal Writing for many years and is now a Law School Toolbox tutor. 

If you are working this summer in a legal context, tune in for tips on how to shine!

In this episode we discuss:

  • How does writing in a legal job context compare to writing in law school? 
  • What will you be writing (and what you probably won't be doing)
  • Handling things you may be asked to do but haven't seen in law school
  • Getting guidance on your assignment and clarifying what you need to produce
  • The importance of maintaining a record of what you do for research assignments
  • What is an employer looking for in a summer employee? 
  • What should you be able to do in your summer job?
  • What should your writing look like? 
  • Objective writing vs. persuasive writing
  • The importance of asking questions
  • Deadlines and how to meet them! 
  • How to anticipate the needs of your supervisor and why it's important to check in
  • What to bring to meetings
  • Getting the backstory on a case
  • Is it ever OK to turn in an incomplete first draft?
  • Behaving like a professional

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy! And best of luck at your summer jobs.

Alison & Lee

Resources:

How to Behave Like a Professional in the Legal Workplace (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-25-behave-like-professional-legal-workplace/)

May 09, 2016
044: How to Get a Judicial Clerkship
31:29

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking with special guest, Fairuz Abdullah, Associate Director of Public Interest Programs and Judicial Clerkships in the office of career and professional development at UC Hastings, about how to get a judicial clerkship! As some of you may know, the clerkship process (at least for federal clerkships) has changed a lot in recent years and Fairuz has just returned from the NALP conference with some very useful information.

If you are contemplating a judicial clerkship, be sure to tune in!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What the clerkship process looked like in the past vs. now
  • How much have things really changed and what prompted the changes to the clerkship process?
  • What do you need to do at various stages (1L, 2L, 3L, alum) to position yourself for a clerkship
  • How your school can help you find a clerkship
  • What the clerkship application numbers look like lately
  • Who should be applying as early as possible
  • What judges are looking for in their judicial clerks
  • How to build relationships with professors (for letters of recommendation and phone calls on your behalf)
  • What do clerkships pay?
  • The questions you may be asked in your clerkship interview
  • Alternatives to federal clerkships, like state and international courts
  • Fairuz and Alison's advice for someone who really wants a clerkship

Resources: 

Federal Courts

U.S. Courts (http://www.uscourts.gov/)

Online System for Application and Review (https://oscar.uscourts.gov/)

State Courts

National Center for State Courts (http://www.ncsc.org/)

Vermont Law School State Court Clerkship Guide (http://forms.vermontlaw.edu/career/guides/) (paid subscription by your law school)

California Supreme/Appellate Court info (http://www.courts.ca.gov/careers.htm)

Insight and Information for State Court Clerkships on NALP Connect (http://www.nalp.org/nalpconnect) (law school career office can access)

Federal ALJ Post Graduate Clerkships Guide on NALP Connect  (http://www.nalp.org/nalpconnect) (law school career office can access)

International Courts

International Justice and Resource Center (http://www.ijrcenter.org)

Opportunities with International Tribunals and Foreign Courts (https://www.law.yale.edu/system/files/area/department/cdo/document/CDO_International_Tribunals_Public.pdf) (Yale Guide)

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy! And best of luck securing a clerkship!

Alison & Lee

May 02, 2016
043: Getting Mentally Prepared to Start Law School
37:48

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’re talking about how to get mentally prepared for the challenges of starting law school. These challenges might be academic in nature, or more personal. Luckily, there are techniques you can use on any type of challenge to ensure you’re moving forward and keeping things under control.

Not sure what you really need to be worrying about this summer? Tune in and find out!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Is law school really that challenging? 
  • Handling the volume of work you will see in law school
  • The importance of time management
  • How to plan your schedule
  • Ariel's tip for finding self-motivation after a tough day
  • Why mindset matters and failure is OK
  • The importance of self-reflection
  • Getting a support network in place before a crisis situation
  • Planning ahead for difficult situations

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy! And best of luck starting law school!

Alison & Lee

Apr 25, 2016
042: Acing the Law Review Write-On Competition
36:53

Welcome back! Today we are discussing the Law Review write-on competition and why you should (or shouldn't) participate. We've also got tips for success, should you decide you want to do it.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The variety of "law reviews" of different types
  • Who has to do the writing competition, typically
  • Alison and Lee share their law review experiences
  • Why you may want to do law review and why it can be important for your career (and why you might not want to!)
  • The basics of the writing competition
  • How to prepare for the writing competition
  • Why you need a Bluebook (and need to be familiar with it)
  • Why citations make a difference
  • What the graders are looking for, and how you can make them happy
  • What you should do when you get your law review writing competition packet
  • The importance of backing up your work
  • How to handle the diversity essay

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy! And best of luck with the writing competition.

Alison & Lee

Apr 18, 2016
041: Avoiding Law School Exam Disasters
40:23

Welcome back! Today we're talking about avoiding exam disasters, even when you're not as prepared as you might want to be. It's not too late to pull things together, but there's no time to waste!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What can you do if you just aren't ready for finals?
  • How to catch up on your outlines and other study aids
  • How to make the most of the time you have left (whether it's weeks or even days)
  • How to triage and make the most of the time you have
  • Making a study schedule 
  • Looking at your learning style and using it to make the most of your studying
  • Evaluating what's most important to memorize
  • How to be distraction-free
  • Avoiding the drama
  • Dealing with situations that could pop up during the exam
  • How to regroup and reenergize after one exam to get ready for the next

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy! And best of luck on your exams.

Alison & Lee

Apr 11, 2016
040: Preparing for Your First Semester of Law School
44:03

Welcome back! Today we're talking about what incoming law school students should be doing or thinking about this summer to get ready for law school (if anything!).

Before you go overboard and pre-read supplements for every class, stop! Take a breath, and use our strategies to get ready for your first year of law school in style, without ruining your whole summer. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison share their experiences getting ready for law school
  • Finding housing that fits your lifestyle and needs
  • Thinking about your creature comforts
  • What do you really need to buy? (It's less than you think!)
  • Why you may not want to run out and buy a new laptop right away
  • Preparing the people in your life for your new law school life
  • Setting boundaries for loved ones 
  • The right way to leave your current job
  • What academic preparations do you need to make?
  • What supplements should you read (and which ones not to)?
  • Why it's important to start thinking about your legal career now, before school starts

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy! And best of luck in law school.

Alison & Lee

Apr 04, 2016
039: Battling Test Anxiety in Law School and on the Bar Exam
36:43

Welcome back! Today we’re talking about everyone’s favorite topic – Test Anxiety. Okay, not really anyone’s favorite topic, but a really important one because so many law students deal with test anxiety in law school and on the bar exam.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison discuss their experience with exam anxiety
  • Your physiological response during exam prep and exams
  • Why stress isn't all bad
  • The importance of taking care of yourself in law school
  • The correlation between anxiety and lack of sleep
  • How to calm your mind and focus
  • Coping mechanisms when you're blanking on a test
  • How meditation and mindfulness can help alleviate stress and test anxiety
  • Why it's important to control how you talk to yourself in stressful situations
  • When you may need to explore other options for alleviating anxiety with an expert
  • Meditation is not just for hippies - snipers and other elite athletes, soldiers, and high profile people do it, too! 

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Mar 28, 2016
038: Can You Really Afford Law School?
41:36

Welcome back! Today's episode is about a very important topic: financial considerations before, during, and after law school. If you're thinking about taking out law school loans, or you already have, this one is for you! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is law school debt such a huge issue for so many people? 
  • What is the average law student debt? 
  • The causes of this staggering debt load
  • Pros and cons of the alternative approaches to pay off your loans
  • Downsides of IBR and LRAP that might not be obvious
  • How to make sure you understand what you are in for and what the payoff will be for loans before you accept them
  • Whether schools are lying about your job prospects
  • Types of student loans and how they work
  • Scholarship options, and why you need to be clear about how likely you are to keep a scholarship after the first year (hint - it might be a lot harder than you expect!)
  • Alison shares her experience negotiating financial aid with her school
  • Tips to save money as a law student
  • Potential side hustles for law students

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Mar 21, 2016
037: Surviving Law School Moot Court
38:32

Welcome back! Today we are talking about how to find success during law school Moot Court. This can be a stressful experience for any law student, especially those with a fear of public speaking.

Using these strategies to rock Moot Court and ace your oral arguments.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is Moot Court?
  • How different law schools structure Moot Court
  • Why is Moot Court so challenging?
  • Writing a successful Moot Court brief
  • Creative ways to prepare for your oral argument
  • Keeping your cool during oral arguments
  • What to do if your Moot Court is pass/fail
  • How to dress for success
  • Other ways you can partake in oral arguments

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Mar 14, 2016
036: Your Mid-Semester Law School Reality Check
33:18

Time for a mid-semester reality check! Second semester is interesting in law school because you're in a different position than you were last semester. You have a set of final exams under your belt and you may feel a little more prepared than last semester. Conversely, you may also have more obligations outside of the classroom, like job hunting, extracurricular activities, and moot court -- which can lead to misconceptions about where you should be academically mid-semester.

It's time to get real. But don't stress! Here is your (helpful) mid-semester reality check. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How often should you be outlining?
  • The importance of practice
  • Steps to writing legal analysis
  • Making the most of your professors' office hours
  • Handling all the extra things you may face in your second semester (job hunting, moot court, etc.)
  • Time management tips for the rest of the semester
  • Why self-care is so important
  • Free resources in law school that are available to you and why you should use them!

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Mar 07, 2016
035: What Extracurricular Activities Matter in Law School?
36:23

Welcome back! Today we are discussing extracurricular activities in law school. You may be tempted to focus exclusively on studying and maintaining your grades, but extracurricular activities can help break up the monotony of law school and bolster your resume for the future. Do too many, however, and you might flunk out! As with many things, balance is key for a successful law school experience. This episode explores what's available, and offers suggestion on where to most productively spend your time.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The most common law school extracurricular activities which might be worth your time
  • Ways to make less than stellar grades look more impressive
  • Whether you should join Law Review or a different law journal
  • The ins and outs of moot court
  • Different types of competitions that might be of interest
  • Clubs, Community Involvement, and Other School-Related and non-School-Related Activities
  • Lee and Alison share their thinking about which extracurriculars they opted to do in law school 

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Feb 29, 2016
034: Which Law School Should I Go To?
38:31

Welcome back! Today we are going to be talking about one of the most important decisions you will make as a lawyer - which law school to go to. If you are a pre-law struggling with your decision, we've got tips on how to critically evaluate your choices to make the best decision for you. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to dig into the law school data to make an informed decision on which law school to attend
  • What do law school rankings really mean? 
  • Being thoughtful about the opportunities you want and location you want to be in
  • Why Lee and Alison chose the schools they did
  • The importance of spending time on campus, meeting professors, and questioning students and recent graduates
  • Managing the cost of law school and scholarship tips
  • Should you attend an alternative law school (online, part-time)?
  • Why maybe you should just be a barista!

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Feb 22, 2016
033: Our Top 10 Tips for Law School Success!
43:06

Happy 4th birthday to the Law School Toolbox! After reflecting on what we've learned from working with hundreds of law students over the past four years, we've compiled our top 10 tips to help you be a successful and happy law student. Enjoy!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison's favorite posts and advice from the past four years
  • Why mindset matters so much in law school
  • How to receive and use feedback to grow as a law student
  • Why law school is a "learned" skill
  • Why you should think about your law career from day one
  • Why being able (and willing) to hustle is so important
  • The biggest stress point for law students
  • Why practice is so important
  • How to prepare for the bar exam through law school, instead of at the last minute
  • How, where, and when to get help in law school
  • Why you might want to create your own definition of success
  • Tips on how to take care of yourself in law school and why it's so important

Thanks for listening, and we're looking forward to many more great years ahead!

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). 

Enjoy!

Alison & Lee

Feb 15, 2016
032: Four Years of Business Lessons - Happy Birthday!
45:13

Today we're celebrating the 4th Birthday of the Law School Toolbox!!! What started as a chance meeting on Twitter has matured into what we like to call a "real business." What have we learned along the way? Tune in to find out!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why Alison and Lee prefer entrepreneurship to a law setting
  • What was the biggest surprise about starting our own business?
  • How Alison and Lee met and how the Law School Toolbox came about
  • How to connect with others and build a community when starting a business
  • How to keep your investment to a minimum
  • How Alison slicing her finger open was (ultimately) good for the business!
  • Finding tasks to delegate
  • What you should and shouldn't outsource
  • Benefits and challenges of being a woman-owned business
  • Lessons learned over the last 4 years

Resources:

  • Influence by Robert Cialdini (http://www.amazon.com/Influence-Psychology-Persuasion-Revised-Edition/dp/006124189X)

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 for four great years!

Alison & Lee

Feb 04, 2016
031: Why is it So Horrible to Be a Woman Lawyer?
46:08

Today, we are talking about a topic near and dear to our hearts, being a woman in the legal profession. It's 2016, are we really still having this same tired conversation about women in the workplace? Yes, yes we are.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is it really like to be a woman in the legal workforce?
  • Why is it so hard to be a woman in the legal profession?
  • Lee and Alison share their experience as lawyers, and from other jobs
  • What is the "Martha Stewart" complex and why is it dangerous for women?
  • Dealing with the lack of sponsorship for female lawyers
  • How motherhood fits into your career as a lawyer
  • Why are we not openly discussing the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood in the legal profession? 
  • Where can we go from here?

Resources

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 out there, ladies!

Alison & Lee

Feb 03, 2016
030: Visual Learning For Law Students with Guest Kipp Mueller of SketchyLaw
33:50

Today we are joined by Kipp Mueller, Columbia Law grad and the co-founder and CEO of SketchyLaw, an online education company which teaches legal rules using visual learning. He and Lee talk about how visual learning can help law students and the science behind it. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is visual learning? 
  • How visual learning tools can benefit you in law school
  • The science behind visual learning
  • How SketchyLaw works 
  • What memory palaces are and how you can use them as a memorization tool
  • Can everyone benefit from visual learning?
  • The importance of trying different study aids and tools
  • How SketchyLaw came about and the benefits for law students
  • Lessons learned by Kip's law school experience and his entrepreneurial path

Resources:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 25, 2016
029: Handling Pressure in Law School (Guest Dr. Hank Weisinger)
41:04

One of the biggest challenges law students face is how to handle pressure. Whether it's day-to day-stress or test anxiety, pressure and stress can be overwhelming, especially in law school. Today we have the New York Times bestselling author of "Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most" and renowned pressure expert, Dr. Hank Weisinger, here to talk about handling the pressure of law school. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr Weisinger talks about how he became an expert on pressure
  • Why pressure is such an issue for law student
  • Why thinking about grades can be to blame for your stress
  • "Worry thoughts" and how you can ignore them
  • How to stop "catastrophizing"
  • What is the difference between pressure and stress?
  • Strategies for handling pressure and thriving under pressure
  • What happens in law school to make students lose their coping skills
  • Solutions for easing the pressure
  • Tips for handling test anxiety
  • Dr Weisinger's book and other resources for handling pressure
  • Whether students who experience a lot of stress and anxiety should just skip law school and find a different career

Resources:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 18, 2016
028: Dealing With Bad Law School Grades
39:11

Chances are, you've received at least some of your first semester law school grades by now. We hope you're jumping for joy, but the reality is that most students didn't do as well as they hoped. Don't panic - this isn't the end of your legal career. You have plenty of time to turn things around. The important thing is to stay focused, learn from your mistakes, and put a plan in place for success next time around. It is possible!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison's personal experience with first semester grades
  • What you need to understand about the curve
  • Why do people get so stressed out about law school grades? 
  • Steps to take after you get your grades
  • Why it's OK to be disappointed
  • How to evaluate your study process
  • Why outlining is an important tool in studying for exams
  • The importance of getting feedback
  • Time management tips
  • How to explain bad grades during interviews

Good luck! If you'd like our help figuring out how to improve your grades second semester, just let us know on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact).

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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

Resources:

Law School Tutoring: http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/

Jan 11, 2016
027: Job Interview Basics
35:05

Are you interviewing for a legal job? Whether you are interviewing for your first summer job, or one that will (hopefully) be more permanent, we have tips for many different types of interviews and situations. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What universal traits are most interviewers looking for? 
  • What traits are red flags for interviewers?
  • How to dress for your interview
  • Tailoring your approach for different work settings
  • What you should bring, and not bring, with you to the interview
  • What not to do during your interview
  • The importance of asking questions during the interview
  • Tips for specific types of jobs (clerkships, law firms, government, etc.)

Good luck with your interview!

Resources:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 04, 2016
026: Thinking Ahead to Get Ready for the Bar Exam
37:11

The fact that you are a 1L or 2L doesn't mean that you can't be thinking ahead to bar exam preparation. And if you're a 3L, you definitely need to be planning for the bar! It's important to keep bar prep on your radar throughout law school, so you will be ready when the big day arrives. Here are some tips for preparing successfully, whatever year you are!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The biggest mistake that law students make when thinking about bar exam preparation
  • Handling the bar exam "culture of fear"
  • Preparing for the bar exam as a 3L
  • Getting the most for your money with bar prep
  • Tips for selecting a bar review provider
  • Understanding what bar prep options are offered at your school
  • The courses we took and didn't take that could have helped with the bar exam
  • What you need to do ahead of time (bar admission paperwork, accommodations, saving money)
  • Bar preparation for 1Ls: What you should and should not do your first year
  • Taking the MPRE
  • How to work on your study skills now so you will be prepared for the bar exam

Good luck on the bar!

Resources:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 21, 2015
025: How to Behave Like a Professional in the Legal Workplace
41:50

Although it seems like it should be common sense, you'd be surprised by how many law students struggle with professionalism when they arrive at their first law job. This may be because many law students have limited work experience or have only been exposed to more casual work environments in the past. Now is the time to make a good first impression at your legal job and we have some advice to help you out!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What does being a professional even mean? 
  • What your job really is as a new lawyer or legal intern
  • Why to check any sense of entitlement
  • What it's like to work in different settings
  • How and why to dress professionally
  • Professional communication (in-person and email)
  • Perception and why it's important
  • Alison and Lee's stories from the trenches!

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 14, 2015
024: Job Search Basics for 1Ls
36:02

Although it's only December, today we're looking ahead to the summer. If you're a 1L, you're probably thinking about how (and where) you are going to find a summer job. We know a lot of you may be stressing out about this so we've got some useful tips and information about the basics of a 1L job search. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Does it matter what you do after your 1L year of law school? 
  • What kind of job can you realistically expect to get? 
  • The importance of getting a job doing something "legal"
  • Different types of summer jobs you can apply to (judicial externships, firm jobs, government, academia, international work)
  • Using your personal or family network to find opportunities
  • How to find opportunities through your school
  • What you can expect to earn
  • Most important factors when deciding on a summer job
  • How to find out what an organization is looking for
  • What to do if you don't find a paid job
  • How to secure funding for summer jobs
  • The importance of Job Fairs

Good luck in your job hunt!

Resources:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 07, 2015
023: Law School Exam Day Tips
40:29

Are exams looming on the horizon? In today's episode, we're dishing out some law school exam day tips. You probably have been preparing intensively for the last few weeks for exams, but have you prepared for the day of the exam? Athletes prepare for the day of the big game and so should you! Check out our tips for exam day success. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Getting ready for the day of the exam in law school
  • The importance of self-care during exam prep
  • How to tell if you are burnt out
  • Sorting out any testing accommodations
  • How to be at your best on game day
  • Being prepared for obstacles you may face on the big day
  • What you should bring with you to the exam (Alison and Lee have very different ideas on this one!)
  • Time management during the exam
  • How to handle anxiety during the exam
  • How to adjust your strategy for take home exams
  • Decompressing between exams

Resources:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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! 

Best of luck on your exams! 

Alison & Lee

Nov 30, 2015
022: Lee and Alison Take a Law School Exam!
36:31

In today's episode, we're doing things a bit differently. We've talked about how to study for a law exam, but today we are going to take an exam with you. Well, not actually TAKE it with you, but we're going over a real question to show you exactly how we'd approach an exam hypo, from start to finish. 

Before listening to this episode, be sure to download the documents in the resources so you can follow along. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Our step-by-step attack plan
  • How we organize the information in the hypo
  • What we're looking for when we read the question
  • How to figure out the key legal issues and critical facts
  • How to generally approach exam hypos
  • Tying the facts to the law
  • Creating a scratch paper outline
  • Putting it all together and writing your exam answer

Resources:

Here are the materials you'll need, if you want to follow along:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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! 

Best of luck on your exams! 

Alison & Lee

Nov 23, 2015
021: What Are Professors Looking For On a Law School Exam?
36:57

In law school, you spend a lot of time preparing for exams. What most students don't spend time much on is putting yourself in your professor's shoes and focusing on what he or she is looking for in an exam answer. That's what this episode is about! Your goal should be to write a clean, well-organized, and thoughtful exam to give yourself an edge over your frazzled, disorganized classmates. We'll show you how.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What grading exams is really like for your professor
  • What your professor is looking for in an exam answer and how you use this information to present them with the best possible answer
  • The importance of mastering not only the law but being also able to apply it
  • What your professor is NOT looking for 
  • Ways to frustrate and annoy your professor

Remember, when you're writing your exam answers, don't forget to put yourself in the professor's shoes. After all, that's who's giving you a grade.

Best of luck on your exams! 

Resources:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 16, 2015
020: The Exam Countdown - One Month and Counting!
39:31

When you're counting the time to your first exam in weeks, rather than months, lots of law students start to panic. While we don’t suggest panicking, some concern is warranted! Time is going to go quickly, and you want to be sure you’re using it wisely in the last month or so until exams start.

If you've got law school exams coming up, tune in!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Time management during law school exam prep
  • Why you need to make a study calendar NOW!
  • How should you handle Thanksgiving? 
  • How to effectively use feedback you have received
  • Triage methods when you have too much to do
  • Ways to reduce stress and stay healthy
  • Evaluating your current study methods so you know what's working (and making changes when you need to)

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 your exams!

Alison & Lee

Nov 09, 2015
019: Conquering Different Types of Law School Exams
39:24

Not all law school exams are created equal. Different schools will use different types of exams and your professors can do whatever they want!

In order to succeed, whether you're facing open-book, closed-book, multiple-choice, or take-home exams, it's critical t to practice, to be resourceful, and to use tools and resources that are geared to your specific type of exam. 

Don't stress out about what type of exams you're facing! Tune in for our advice on the best strategy for every type of law school exam. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • The different types of law school exams - open book, closed book, multiple choice, and take homes
  • What is the easiest type of law school exam? The hardest?
  • Our personal experience with the different exam types
  • The most common type of exams you will see in law school
  • What resources are most helpful for the different exam types
  • Study strategies for each type of exam
  • The unique challenges you may face with each type of exam
  • Is it okay to ask your professor for help? 
  • The importance of planning before you write!

Remember - practice makes perfect! Prepare early for your exams and you will be successful.

Best of luck on your exams! Whatever type they happen to be...

Resources:

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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 02, 2015
018: Using Supplements Effectively in Law School
36:54

Whether you are in your first or final year of law school, you should be using supplements. Although they can't do the work for you, commercial supplements can provide valuable insight and help fill the gaps in your understanding. Supplements can provide a roadmap for the topic you're studying, fill in missing details, and - in some cases - provide a more direct explanation of what you're discussing in class.

Want to find out more about what supplements can do for you and how can you use them effectively? Listen in!

In this episode we discuss:

  • What supplements are
  • How supplements can help
  • Different types of law school supplements you can use 
  • Lee and Alison's favorite supplements
  • How to know what information in the supplement you should use (and shouldn't)
  • Should you read a supplement before class or after class?
  • How to avoid information overload
  • How supplements can work with your outlining
  • Using supplements with practice exams
  • Finding the right supplements for your course

Supplements can be a valuable tool for law school success. The key is to use them to complement your reading, lectures and study - and not in place of those methods.  

Best of luck!

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Oct 26, 2015
017: Where to Get Help in Law School
37:10

Are you struggling with certain things in law school? We have all been there. When you need help, it's critical to find the "right" resources to help you (and won't make you need even more help!). If you're not sure who to turn to for help, or what resources are available, tune in.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Is it okay to ask for help in law school?
  • How to approach professors so that they're willing to help you
  • Should you go to your TA for help? 
  • How to use academic support services
  • Why you should proceed with caution when asking for help from peers
  • What books and substantive materials are useful
  • What type of help is out there for students with learning disabilities
  • Valuable resources on the internet
  • How private tutors can get you prepared for success and help you with problems you encounter

Don't be afraid to ask for help in law school! The key is to try to solve the problem yourself first and formulate specific questions to ask. The better your questions, the better the help you will receive. Most of all, don't give up! 

Best of luck!

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Oct 19, 2015
016: Study Strategies for Different Learning Styles in Law School
35:57

Studying in law school is not one-size fits all. Each student learns in a different way. The key is to recognize the type of learner you are and use that information to optimize your study style - for YOU. 

In this episode we talk bout:

  • The three main types of learning styles - Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic
  • Whether learning styles even exist
  • How to figure out your learning preferences you are
  • Specific techniques for each learning style in law school
  • How to outline and what type of learner should (and shouldn't) utilize outlining
  • Why you should probably handwrite your outlines
  • The basics of attack plans, and why they're important (for everyone!)
  • Using checklists vs. roadmaps for your attack plans
  • Flowcharts, Flashcards, and Mnemonics and who can benefit from them

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