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June 10, 2019
200: The Most Surprising Thing We've Learned About Success
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.
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39 min
June 3, 2019
199: Balancing Parenthood and a Demanding Job (w/Molly Bowen)
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).
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44 min
May 27, 2019
198: Pre-1L Life Logistics
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.
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36 min
May 20, 2019
197: Career Advice from Lawyer & Author Rachel Gezerseh
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.
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43 min
May 13, 2019
196: Memorization Techniques for Law Students
Today, we're talking about some creative, evidence-based ideas for remembering the material required for your law school exams.
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32 min
May 6, 2019
195: What to Do the Summer Before Law School
Today, we're talking about what to do (and what not to do) over the summer to prepare for your 1L year.
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28 min
April 29, 2019
194: You Don't Want to Be a Lawyer - What Now?
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!
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34 min
April 22, 2019
193: Books to Read Before Law School
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!
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32 min
April 15, 2019
192: Handling Difficult Scenarios on Law School Exams
Today we’re talking about some challenging scenarios you might encounter on law school exams.
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33 min
April 8, 2019
191: Wisdom 2.0 - What We Learned About Relationships
Today, we're talking about what we learned about relationships at the Wisdom 2.0 conference we recently attended.
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33 min
April 1, 2019
190: How to Pass the Interview Happy Hour Test (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about how to pass the dreaded interview "happy hour test."
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35 min
March 25, 2019
189: Making Class Time Productive in Law School
Today, we're talking about what to focus on in class as a law student so that you can get the most out of the experience.
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33 min
March 18, 2019
188: How to Make People Hate You at Work (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
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.
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36 min
March 11, 2019
187: Thinking on Your Feet in Class Discussions and Other Public Speaking Opportunities
Public speaking strategies for the classroom, courtroom, or workplace.
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34 min
March 4, 2019
186: Book Club: Becoming, by Michelle Obama
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. And today we're talking about Becoming, by Michelle Obama.
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31 min
February 25, 2019
185: Thinking About the 2L Job Search as a 1L (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
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.
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32 min
February 18, 2019
184: Handling Law School Finances (w/Lyssa Thaden of AccessLex)
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.
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43 min
February 11, 2019
183: Changing Course in the Job Hunt (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about when and how to change direction in your job search.
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34 min
February 4, 2019
182: Navigating Motherhood in the Legal Profession (w/Jennifer Warren)
Today we're talking to Jennifer Warren about the realities of motherhood, and parenthood in general, in the legal profession.
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65 min
January 28, 2019
181: Negotiating a Job Offer (w/Ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
Today, we're excited to be talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about negotiating job offers.
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34 min
January 21, 2019
180: How to Write a Great Seminar Paper or Journal Note
Today we're talking about setting yourself up to write a great seminar paper or journal note.
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39 min
January 14, 2019
179: What To Do if You Still Don't Have a Summer Job (w/Ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
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!
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32 min
January 7, 2019
178: Resolutions for a New Year (and a New Semester)
Today we're talking about resolutions we suggest for the new year and new semester.
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32 min
December 17, 2018
177: Real Talk About Student Loan Debt w/Financial Expert Travis Hornsby
Today, we're talking with Travis Hornsby, founder and CEO of Student Loan Planner, about everyone's least favorite topic, law school debt.
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45 min
December 10, 2018
176: Talking About Judicial Clerkships (w/Kelsey Russell)
Today, we're talking with Kelsey Russell, a writer for the Law School Toolbox and a recent federal judicial clerk, about clerkships.
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35 min
December 3, 2018
175: Top Interview Questions with Ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones
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.
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39 min
November 26, 2018
174: The LSAT is Going Digital! Thoughts from LSAT Expert Nathan Fox
Today, we're talking with Nathan Fox, LSAT expert and founder of Fox LSAT, about some changes coming soon to the LSAT.
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36 min
November 19, 2018
173: Frequently Asked Questions about Resumes and Cover Letters (w/ Sadie Jones)
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.
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35 min
November 12, 2018
172: Tackling Common Exam Prep Scenarios
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.
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41 min
November 5, 2018
171: Building the 21st Century Casebook (w/Vikram Savkar)
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.
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34 min
October 29, 2018
170: Let's Talk About the Bluebook!
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.
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44 min
October 22, 2018
169: Setting Your Priorities in Law School
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 the the most important stuff done.
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42 min
October 15, 2018
168: How to Handle Rejection Professionally (w/Sadie Jones)
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.
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33 min
October 8, 2018
167: Do You Have to Join a Study Group in Law School?
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!
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39 min
October 1, 2018
166: How to Frame Your Job Search Story (w/Sadie Jones)
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.
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37 min
September 24, 2018
165: What is an Elevator Pitch and Do You Need One?
Today we're talking about elevator pitches and whether you need one as a law student. Spoiler alert: Yes, you do! Find out how to put together a useful one here.
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35 min
September 17, 2018
164: No Offer after OCI? Here's What To Do (w/Sadie Jones)
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!
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39 min
September 10, 2018
163: Common Legal Essay Analysis Problems and How to Solve Them
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!
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37 min
September 3, 2018
162: Professional Development Strategies for Young Lawyers (w/Sadie Jones)
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.
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34 min
August 27, 2018
161: Should You Use a Laptop in Law School Classes?
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.
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34 min
August 20, 2018
160: Top 10 Podcast Episodes for Surviving Law School
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!
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39 min
August 13, 2018
159: The Secret Life of Law Firms (w/Sadie Jones)
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.
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53 min
August 6, 2018
158: What to Wear (and What Not to Wear) as a Law Student
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.
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44 min
July 30, 2018
157: Handling OCI Offers (w/ Sadie Jones)
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!
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40 min
July 23, 2018
156: Our Top 10 Academic Podcast Episodes
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!
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39 min
July 16, 2018
155: Top Callback Mistakes to Avoid (w/Sadie Jones)
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.
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44 min
July 9, 2018
154: Building a Better Law Practice (w/Jeremy Richter)
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.
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39 min
July 2, 2018
153: Real-Life Lawyers: Working for Gun Violence Prevention (w/Allison Anderman)
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.
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46 min
June 25, 2018
152: Top OCI Mistakes to Avoid (w/Sadie Jones)
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!
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52 min
June 18, 2018
151: Our Top 10 Podcast Episodes for Incoming 1Ls
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!
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40 min
June 11, 2018
150: A Conversation with Visla Rudiger, a Transgender Attorney
Today, we're talking with Visla Rudiger, a transgender attorney, about her experiences in the legal profession -- at work, in court, and more.
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51 min
June 4, 2018
149: Saving Money in Law School
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!
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58 min
May 28, 2018
148: Handling Toxic Behavior in Law School
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.
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54 min
May 21, 2018
147: Top Summer Associate Mistakes and How to Fix Them (w/Sadie Jones)
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.
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43 min
May 14, 2018
146: Tips for Visual Learners in Law School
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.
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41 min
May 7, 2018
145: Tips for Kinesthetic Learners in Law School
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!
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39 min
April 30, 2018
144: Tips for Auditory Learners in Law School
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.
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32 min
April 23, 2018
143: Understanding Workplace Assignments (w/Sadie Jones)
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. Tune in, and avoid disaster!
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39 min
April 16, 2018
142: Taking Ownership of Your Legal Career (w/Whittney Beard)
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.
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53 min
April 9, 2018
141: Experiential Learning in Law School (w/Alllison Pincus)
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.
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32 min
April 2, 2018
140: OCI Strategy (w/ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
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!
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41 min
March 26, 2018
139: How To Issue Spot an Exam Question (w/ live example)
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!
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37 min
March 19, 2018
138: Public Speaking Tips (w/Jennifer Warren)
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. Tune in for our top 10 tips for public speaking success!
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50 min
March 12, 2018
137: How to Handle Difficult Workplace Situations (w/Sadie Jones)
Today, we are pleased to welcome back Sadie Jones, an ex-BigLaw recruiter, to talk about how to handle difficult situations at work. From bad grades to failing the bar exam to substance abuse issues and overwork, we talk about it all!
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47 min
March 5, 2018
136: How to Attack Multiple Choice Questions on Law School Exams
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!
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33 min
February 26, 2018
135: Leaving the Law (w/Casey Berman)
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.
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39 min
February 19, 2018
134: Strategies for Maximum Personal Productivity
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.
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41 min
February 12, 2018
133: Being Strategic About Your Legal Career (w/ Liz Stone)
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.
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43 min
February 5, 2018
132: What's BigLaw Really Like? (w/ Sadie Jones)
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.
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47 min
January 29, 2018
131: Thinking Ahead About the Future
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.
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48 min
January 22, 2018
130: How to Make Difficult Decisions in Law School
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.
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38 min
January 15, 2018
129: Self-Care During Bar Exam Prep
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.
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41 min
January 8, 2018
128: Regrouping and Dealing with Grades Second Semester
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.
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43 min
December 18, 2017
127: Avoid these Resume No-Gos
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 in 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!
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42 min
December 11, 2017
126: How to Get People to Help with Your Job Search
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.
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44 min
December 4, 2017
125: Maintaining a Professional Profile in the Digital Age
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 not), and other activities that might put you at risk.
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50 min
November 27, 2017
124: Don't Be a Jerk at Work
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're talking about how not to be a jerk in your law firm 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!
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48 min
November 13, 2017
123: Mental Health in Law School and the Legal Profession (with Sarah Weinstein)
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.
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52 min
November 3, 2017
122: How to Transfer Law Schools (with Mihal Ansik)
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. She has great insight into the transfer process, so if you are considering transferring, tune in!
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56 min
October 30, 2017
121: Alternative Options for Bar Exam Preparation
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!
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51 min
October 23, 2017
120: Preparing for the 1L Job Hunt (with Ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones)
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.
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38 min
October 16, 2017
119: Navigating the Law School Application Process (with Admission Logic)
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.
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65 min
October 9, 2017
118: Learn about Animal Law with Pamela Hart at ALDF
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.
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27 min
October 2, 2017
117: Surviving Law School Midterms
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.
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35 min
September 25, 2017
116: Life as a Small Law Firm Associate (with Jeremy Richter)
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.
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39 min
September 18, 2017
115: Tips for Settling into Law School
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.
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41 min
September 11, 2017
114: Law School Networking 101
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!
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45 min
September 4, 2017
113: Life as a First-Generation College and Law Student (with Shirlene Armstrong)
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!
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53 min
August 28, 2017
112: Managing Distractions in Law School
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.
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47 min
August 21, 2017
111: Resumes and Cover Letters (with an ex-BigLaw Recruiter)
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 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.
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34 min
August 14, 2017
110: Revisiting Mindset
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??
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39 min
August 7, 2017
109: Life as a Woman Entrepreneur with Meg Keene of A Practical Wedding
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: A Practical Wedding (https://apracticalwedding.com/) The Compact (http://www.thecompact.com/) A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, by Meg Keene (https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Wedding-Affordable-Meaningful-Celebration/dp/0738215155/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1497313177&sr=8-2&keywords=a+practical+wedding) A Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You’ve Got (without Losing your Mind in the Process), by Meg Keene (https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Wedding-Planner-Step-Step/dp/0738218421/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497313177&sr=8-1&keywords=a+practical+wedding) Why Women Don’t See Themselves as Entrepreneurs, by Claire Cain Miller (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/upshot/why-women-dont-see-themselves-as-entrepreneurs.html) The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, by Chris Guillebeau (https://www.amazon.com/100-Startup-Reinvent-Living-Create/dp/0307951529) Podcast Episode 83: Lawyers in Action – The Airport Immigration Crisis (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-83-lawyers-in-action-the-immigration-crisis/) Podcast Episode 87: Affordable Bar Prep & Social Entrepreneurship (w/ Chris Henjum of Esqyr.com) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-87-affordable-bar-prep-social-entrepreneurship-w-chris-henjum-esqyr-com/) Podcast Episode 58: Non-Profit Law and Social Entrepreneurship (with guest Adrian Tirtanadi of Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-58-non-profit-law-social-entrepreneurship-guest-adrian-tirtanadi-bayview-hunters-point-community-legal/) Podcast Episode 86: Resources for Aspiring Entrepreneurs (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-86-resources-aspiring-entrepreneurs/) Podcast Episode 91: From Lawyer to Entrepreneur to Mayor! (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-91-from-lawyer-to-entrepreneur-to-mayor-rachel-hundley/) 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
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54 min
July 31, 2017
108: Handling Summer Associate Offers (with an ex-BigLaw Recruiter)
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: What It’s Like to Get a Cold Offer (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/10/what-its-like-to-get-a-cold-offer/) 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
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34 min
July 24, 2017
107: How to Build Positive Relationships in Law School
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: How to Get to Know Your Professors in Law School (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/05/how-to-get-to-know-your-professors-in-law-school/) Office Hours – Should You Go? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/office-hours-go/) Podcast Episode 106: How to Go to Office Hours and Make It Worth Your Time (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-106-go-office-hours-make-worth-time/) Tips for Making the Most of Your Professor’s Office Hours (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/making-most-of-professors-office-hours/) Video Quick Tip: Office Hours (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/video-quick-tip-office-hours/) Avoiding Office Hours? Go, and Get Something Out of It (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/avoiding-office-hours-go-and-get-something-out-of-it/) Should I Do a Law School Extracurricular? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/should-i-do-a-law-school-extracurricular/) Podcast Episode 59: Conquering Loneliness in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-49-conquering-loneliness-in-law-school/) Legal Networking 101: Towards a New Definition of Networking (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/legal-networking-101-towards-a-new-definition-of-networking/) Video Quick Tip: Finding Mentors and Sponsors (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/video-quick-tip-finding-mentors-and-sponsors/) 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
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38 min
July 17, 2017
106: Go to Office Hours and Make it Worth Your Time
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: How to Get to Know Your Professors in Law School (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/05/how-to-get-to-know-your-professors-in-law-school/) Office Hours – Should You Go? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/office-hours-go/) Tips for Making the Most of Your Professor’s Office Hours (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/making-most-of-professors-office-hours/) Video Quick Tip: Office Hours (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/video-quick-tip-office-hours/) Avoiding Office Hours? Go, and Get Something Out of It (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/avoiding-office-hours-go-and-get-something-out-of-it/) Video Quick Tip: Finding Mentors and Sponsors (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/video-quick-tip-finding-mentors-and-sponsors/) Networking Strategies for a New World (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/networking-strategies/) 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
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31 min
July 10, 2017
105: OCI Basics with an ex-BigLaw Recruiter
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: Podcast Episode 3: Mastering the On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Process (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-3-mastering-campus-interviewing-oci-process/) Podcast Episode 4: Callback Tips for BigLaw Summer Associate Positions (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-4-callback-tips-biglaw-summer-associate-positions/) Podcast Episode 55: An Overview of BigLaw On-Campus Interviewing (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-55-overview-biglaw-campus-interviewing-oci/) Podcast Episode 85: Surviving as a Summer Associate and New Firm Lawyer (with Grover Cleveland) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-85-surviving-summer-associate-new-firm-lawyer-grover-cleveland/) Ahead of the Curve: What are BigLaw Recruiters Really Looking For? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/ahead-of-the-curve-what-are-big-law-recruiters-really-looking-for/) How to Prepare for OCI Interviews (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/prepare-oci-interviews/) Dressing Like a Lawyer on a Student’s Budget (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/dressing-like-lawyer-students-budget/) 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
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47 min
July 3, 2017
104: Law School Essentials - What to Buy (and Not to Buy) Beforehand
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: Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) Law School Style Report: The Best Carryalls for the Professional Law Student (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-style-report-the-best-carryalls-for-the-professional-law-student/) Tech Correspondent: My Love Affair with Microsoft OneNote (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tech-correspondent-my-love-affair-with-microsoft-onenote/) Tips for Using the Cornell Note-Taking Method (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-for-using-the-cornell-note-taking-method/) Is Handwriting Notes a Good Thing or a Bad Thing (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/is-handwriting-notes-a-good-thing-or-a-bad-thing/) Podcast Episode 60: 5 Tips for Surviving the First Month of Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-60-5-tips-surviving-first-month-law-school/) Podcast Episode 102: How to Read Cases and Prepare for Class in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/16176-2/) Circa Notebooks (http://www.levenger.com/CIRCA-326.aspx) Yellow Steno Pads (https://www.amazon.com/Spiral-Notebook-Inches-Canary-63851/dp/B000093L2D) 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
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41 min
June 26, 2017
103: Setting Yourself Up to be a Mock Trial Rockstar (with Sara O'Connor)
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: Podcast Episode 27: Job Interview Basics (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-27-job-interview-basics/) Active vs. Passive Listening in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/active-vs-passive-learning-law-school/) 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
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46 min
June 19, 2017
102: How to Read Cases and Prepare for Class in Law School
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: Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right) Best Practices for Using Supplements (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/best-practices-for-using-supplements/) Podcast Episode 95: Top 1L Questions: Time and Life Management (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-95-top-1l-questions-time-life-management/) Constitutional Law Stories, by Michael C. Dorf (https://www.amazon.com/Constitutional-Law-Stories-Michael-Dorf/dp/1587785056) Is Handwriting Notes a Good Thing or a Bad Thing? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/is-handwriting-notes-a-good-thing-or-a-bad-thing/) How to Brief a Case in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-brief-a-case-in-law-school/) 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
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40 min
June 12, 2017
101: Preparing for a Career in Public Interest Law (with Ashley Matthews of Equal Justice Works)
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: Podcast Episode 38: Can You Really Afford Law School? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-38-can-you-really-afford-law-school/) Equal Justice Works Fellowships (http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships) Equal Justice Works Rural Summer Legal Corps Program (https://rurallegalcorps.org/) Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD (http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/americorpsjd) Podcast Episode 92: Top 1L Questions: The Money Edition (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-92-top-1l-questions-money-edition/) Podcast Episode 96: How to Rapidly Pay Off Law School Debt (with Guest Financial Panther) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-96-how-to-rapidly-pay-off-law-school-debt-with-guest-financial-panther/) Equal Justice Works Free Student Debt Webinars (http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/webinars) Cowley, Stacy. “Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says.” N.Y. Times, Mar. 30, 2017. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/business/student-loan-forgiveness-program-lawsuit.html) John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/resources/student-debt-relief/John-R-Justice-Student-Loan-Repayment-Program) Law School LRAPs (http://equaljusticeworks.org/schoollraps) How to Get to Know Your Professors in Law School (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/05/how-to-get-to-know-your-professors-in-law-school/) Equal Justice Works 2017 Conference and Career Fair (http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair) Equal Justice Works on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ejw_students) 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
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42 min
June 5, 2017
100: 100th Anniversary Countdown! Our Most Popular (and Underrated) Epsiodes
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: Podcast Episode 51: The Characters You’ll Meet in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-51-characters-youll-meet-law-school/) Podcast Episode 7: Time and Life Management Basics (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-7-time-life-management-basics/) Deep Work, by Cal Newport (https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distracted-ebook/dp/B00X47ZVXM) Podcast Episode 56: Getting Off to a Smart Start in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-56-get-smart-start-law-school/) Podcast Episode 11: Legal Writing 101 (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-11-legal-writing-101/) Podcast Episode 65: How to Make a Useful Law School Outline (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-65-make-a-useful-law-school-outline/) Podcast Episode 60: Five Tips for Surviving the First Month of Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-60-5-tips-surviving-first-month-law-school/) Podcast Episode 83: Lawyers in Action – The Airport Immigration Crisis (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-83-lawyers-in-action-the-immigration-crisis/) Podcast Episode 8: Law School 101 for 1Ls (What Not to Do) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-8-law-school-101-1ls-not/) Introduction to the Law School Toolbox Podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/introduction-law-school-toolbox-podcast/) Podcast Episode 2: Why Is Law School Hard? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-2-law-school-hard/) Podcast Episode 1: Mindset: The Key to Success in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-1-mindset-key-success-law-school/) Podcast Episode 22: Take an Exam with Us (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-22-take-exam-us/) Law School Toolbox Podcast - Complete List (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-complete-list/) Podcast Episode 72: Seeking Accommodations in Law School and on the Bar Exam (with Dr. Jared Maloff) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-72-seeking-accommodations-law-school-bar-exam/) Courses for Law School Success (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/courses-for-law-school-success/) Tutoring for Law School Success (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Bar Exam Tutoring (http://barexamtoolbox.com/private-bar-exam-tutoring/) Bar Exam Workshops and Courses (http://barexamtoolbox.com/bar-exam-workshops-and-courses/) 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
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50 min
May 29, 2017
099: What Law Schools Should Be Teaching, and Aren't (with Mark Cohen)
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: Legal Mosaic (http://www.legalmosaic.com/) Mark Cohen on Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcohen1/#418f7aa728f7) Mark Cohen on Twitter (https://twitter.com/legalmosaic) Podcast Episode 86: Resources for Aspiring Entrepreneurs (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-86-resources-aspiring-entrepreneurs/) The Real Secret to Getting Clients for Your Online Practice (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/the-real-secret-to-getting-clients-for-your-online-practice/) Podcast Episode 81: Building Emotional Intelligence (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-81-emotional-intelligence-lawyers/) Podcast Episode 71: Soft Skills You Need to Develop to be a Successful Attorney (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-71-soft-skills-you-need-to-develop-to-be-a-successful-attorney/) Podcast Episode 5: Maintaining Authenticity in the Legal Profession (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-5-maintaining-authenticity-legal-profession/) 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
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48 min
May 22, 2017
098: Top 1L Questions: Non-Traditional Law Students
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: Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) Parenting in Law School: Surviving 1L Year While Raising a Family (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-kids-surviving-1l-year-raising-family/) Buy Nothing Project – Find a Group (https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/comment-page-1/) The Freecycle Network (https://www.freecycle.org/) Be Ready to Throw Your Writing Style Out the Window (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/0l-to-1l-be-ready-to-throw-your-writing-style-out-the-window/) Non-Traditional Law Students: Exploit Your Strengths, Meet Your Challenges (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/non-traditional-law-students-exploit-your-strengths-meet-your-challenges/) Balancing Life as a Night Student (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/balancing-life-as-a-night-student/) Time Management for Non-Traditional Law Students (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/time-management-non-traditional-law-students/) Stephanie Coontz, Do Millennial Men Want Stay-at-Home Wives? N.Y. Times, Mar. 31, 2017. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/opinion/sunday/do-millennial-men-want-stay-at-home-wives.html) Relationships and Law School: Can They Coexist? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/relationships-law-school-can-coexist/) Podcast Episode 95: Tope 1L Questions: Time and Life Management (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-95-top-1l-questions-time-life-management/) Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World (https://www.amazon.com/My-Beloved-World-Sonia-Sotomayor/dp/034580483X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8) D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (https://www.amazon.com/Hillbilly-Elegy-Memoir-Family-Culture-ebook/dp/B0166ISAS8/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8) 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
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42 min
May 15, 2017
097: The Future of the LSAT (with Nathan Fox)
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: Fox LSAT (https://www.foxlsat.com/) Thinking LSAT Podcast (http://www.thinkinglsat.com/blog/) Podcast Episode 46: 4 Myths About the LSAT from Expert Nathan Fox (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-46-4-myths-about-the-lsat-from-expert-nathan-fox/) Nathan Fox on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nfox) Should You Quit Law School? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/should-you-quit-law-school/) Everything You Think You Know About Law School - The LSAT (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/everything-think-know-law-school-lsat/) Maximize Your Final Month of LSAT Prep (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/everything-think-know-law-school-lsat/) How to Avoid an LSAT Test Day Disaster (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/everything-think-know-law-school-lsat/) Tips for Studying for the LSAT While Working Full-Time (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-studying-lsat-working-full-time/) 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
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42 min
May 8, 2017
096: How to Rapidly Pay off Law School Debt (with guest Financial Panther)
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: Esqyr (http://www.esqyr.com/) Esqyr Bar Exam Tool Box 10% off Coupon (http://www.esqyr.com/barexamtoolbox/) Financial Panther (http://www.financialpanther.co/) Everything You Need to Know about Law School Scholarships (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/everything-need-know-law-school-scholarships/) Podcast Episode 92: Top 1L Questions: The Money Edition (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-92-top-1l-questions-money-edition/) Ahead of the Curve: Take the Money or Take a Gamble? Should a Scholarship Determine Which Law School You Attend? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/ahead-of-the-curve-take-the-money-or-take-a-gamble-should-a-scholarship-determine-which-law-school-i-attend/) Podcast Episode 38: Can You Really Afford Law School? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-38-can-you-really-afford-law-school/) Boon and Gable (https://boonandgable.com/) Wag! (https://wagwalking.com/) DogVacay (https://dogvacay.com/) Postmates (https://postmates.com/) DoorDash (https://www.doordash.com/) Caviar (https://www.trycaviar.com/) The Reality of Law School Debt (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/the-reality-of-law-school-debt/) 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
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38 min
May 1, 2017
095: Top 1L Questions: Time and LIfe Management
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: Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) Podcast Episode 89: The Leap from Undergrad to Law School (with Keri Clapp) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-89-the-leap-from-undergrad-to-law-school-with-keri-clapp/) How to Calendar Your Way to Better Grades and More Free Time (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-calendar-your-way-to-better-grades-and-more-free-time/) 10 Reasons to Exercise in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/10-reasons-exercise-law-school/) 6 Ways to Make Time to Exercise in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/6-ways-make-time-exercise-law-school/) Amazon Subscribe and Save (https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=rcxsubs_details?ie=UTF8&node=15283820011) AmazonFresh (https://www.amazon.com/AmazonFresh/b?ie=UTF8&node=10329849011) Five Myths About the Law School Study Group (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/five-myths-about-the-law-school-study-group/) Podcast Episode 24: Job Search Basics for 1Ls (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-24-job-search-basics-1ls/) Let’s Talk About Sleep (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/lets-talk-about-sleep/) Wired to Eat, by Robb Wolf (https://www.amazon.com/Wired-Eat-Cravings-Appetite-Determine/dp/0451498569) How to Maximize Your Sleep (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-maximize-your-sleep/) Is Tryptophan Plus Outlining a Recipe for Disaster? How to Decide Whether to Go Home for Thanksgiving in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/is-tryptophan-plus-outlining-a-recipe-for-disaster-how-to-decide-whether-to-go-home-for-thanksgiving-in-law-school/) Parenting in Law School: Surviving Your 1L Year While Raising a Family (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-kids-surviving-1l-year-raising-family/) The Battle of Commuting to Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/the-battle-of-commuting-to-law-school/) Podcast Episode 88: Self-Care Tips for Keeping Your Mojo in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-88-self-care-tips-for-keeping-your-mojo-in-law-school/) Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport (https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distracted/dp/1455586692) One “Think” at a Time: Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/one-think-at-a-time-why-multitasking-doesnt-work/) Trello (https://trello.com/) Calendly (https://calendly.com/) Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Episode_95_-_Top_Incoming_1L_Questions_Time_Management-1.pdf) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
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40 min
April 24, 2017
094: How to Succeed at Your Summer Legal Job (with Sara O'Connor)
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: How to Make a Good Impression at Your Summer Law Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-make-a-good-impression-at-your-summer-law-job/) Getting Ready for Your BigLaw Summer Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/getting-ready-for-your-biglaw-summer-job/) Tips for Legal Writing at Your Summer Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-for-legal-writing-at-your-summer-job/) Four Tips for Summer Law Job Success (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/four-tips-for-summer-law-job-success/) Are You Emotionally Intelligent? 5 Soft Skills to Show Off in Your Summer Law Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/are-you-emotionally-intelligent-5-soft-skills-to-show-off-in-your-summer-law-job/) How to End Your Summer Internship on a Good Note (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/end-summer-internship-good-note/) Podcast Episode 45: Writing Effectively in Your Summer Legal Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-45-writing-effectively-summer-legal-job/) Podcast Episode 85: Surviving as a Summer Associate and New Firm Lawyer (with Grover Cleveland) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-85-surviving-summer-associate-new-firm-lawyer-grover-cleveland/) Podcast Episode 54: How to Evaluate Your Summer Legal Job Experience (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-54-evaluate-summer-legal-job-experience/) 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
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51 min
April 17, 2017
093: Top 1L Questions: Academic Concerns
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: Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) Podcast Episode 16: Study Strategies for Different Learning Styles in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-16-study-strategies-different-learning-styles-law-school/ Podcast Episode 19: Conquering Different Types of Law School Exams (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-19-conquering-different-types-law-school-exams/) Podcast Episode 21: What is your Professor Looking for on Exams (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-21-professor-looking-exams/) Podcast Episode 22: Take an Exam with Us (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-22-take-exam-us/) Podcast Episode 89: The Leap from Undergrad to Law School (with Keri Clapp) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-89-the-leap-from-undergrad-to-law-school-with-keri-clapp/) Time Management Tip: Think of Law School Like a Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/time-management-tip-think-of-law-school-like-a-law-job/) Balancing Life as a Night Student (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/balancing-life-as-a-night-student/) How to Brief a Case in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-brief-a-case-in-law-school/) 1L Tip of the Day: Good Confusion and Bad Confusion (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/10/law-school-tip-of-the-day-good-confusion-and-bad-confusion/) Why Class Participation Matters and How to Do It Right http://lawschooltoolbox.com/class-participation-matters-right/) A Student’s Perspective: The First Week of Law School Classes (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/a-first-hand-perspective-on-your-first-week-of-classes/) 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
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38 min
April 10, 2017
092: Top 1L Questions: The Money Edition
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: Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) You Need a Budget (https://www.youneedabudget.com/) How Are You Managing Your Household Finances? (Article about You Need a Budget app) (https://apracticalwedding.com/ynab-marriage-finances/) Ahead of the Curve: Take the Money or Take a Gamble? Should a Scholarship Determine Which School You Attend? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/ahead-of-the-curve-take-the-money-or-take-a-gamble-should-a-scholarship-determine-which-law-school-i-attend/) Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Negotiation: When Should I Negotiate My Law School Scholarship Offer? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/ahead-of-the-curve-the-power-of-negotiation-when-should-i-negotiate-my-law-school-scholarship-offer/) 5 Money Saving Apps for Law Students (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-money-saving-apps-for-law-students/)  Everything You Need to Know about Law School Scholarships (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/everything-need-know-law-school-scholarships/) Podcast Episode 87: Affordable Bar Prep & Social Entrepreneurship with Chris Henjum of Esqyr.com (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-87-affordable-bar-prep-social-entrepreneurship-w-chris-henjum-esqyr-com/) Podcast Episode 38: Can You Really Afford Law School? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-38-can-you-really-afford-law-school/) 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
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36 min
April 3, 2017
091: From Lawyer to Entrepreneur to Mayor! How to get involved in local politics.
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: Itkowitz, Colby. "She wanted to make a difference. Now this millennial is the mayor of her new town." Washington Post, Jan. 24, 2017. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/01/24/she-moved-across-the-country-to-start-a-new-life-then-the-town-made-her-mayor/?utm_term=.f2aabd10822c) Gowland, Lelia. "She Should Run: This Nonprofit Incubator Is Launching Thousands Of Women's Political Careers," Forbes, Dec. 1, 2016. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/leliagowland/2016/12/01/how-this-nonprofit-inspires-women-run-for-office/#617645e77bc53) She Should Run (http://www.sheshouldrun.org) EMILY’s List (https://www.emilyslist.org/pages/entry/run-for-office) Emerge America (http://www.emergeamerica.org) Podcast Episode 83: Lawyers in Action: The Airport Immigration Crisis (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-83-lawyers-in-action-the-immigration-crisis/) 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
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42 min
March 27, 2017
090: Getting Ready for the July 2017 Bar Exam (with Ariel Salzer)
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
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42 min
March 20, 2017
089: The Leap from Undergrad to Law School (with Keri Clapp)
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: 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 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/) 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) Toobin, Jeffrey. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. New York: Anchor Books, 2008. (https://www.amazon.com/Nine-Inside-Secret-World-Supreme/dp/1400096790/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1400096790&pd_rd_r=ZCXNXN9MR4ZHAJH5PW0X&pd_rd_w=WnS6D&pd_rd_wg=Z1Jcw&psc=1&refRID=ZCXNXN9MR4ZHAJH5PW0X) Vance, J.D. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. (https://www.amazon.com/Hillbilly-Elegy-Memoir-Family-Culture/dp/0062300547/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489027830&sr=1-1&keywords=hillbilly+elegy) Woodward, Bob. The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. (https://www.amazon.com/Brethren-Inside-Supreme-Court/dp/0743274024) 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
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43 min
March 13, 2017
088: Self-Care Tips for Keeping Your Mojo in Law School
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
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35 min
March 6, 2017
087: Affordable Bar Prep & Social Entrepreneurship (w/Chris Henjum of Esqyr.com)
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 Esqyr (http://www.esqyr.com/) Trello (https://trello.com/) Xero (http://xero.com) Critical Pass Review (http://barexamtoolbox.com/tools-for-bar-exam-success-critical-pass-flashcards/) The Question I Have Never Been Asked About the Bar Exam (http://barexamtoolbox.com/question-ive-never-asked-bar-exam/) Special Discount for Podcast Listeners - 10% off Esqyr (Esqyr.com/barexamtoolbox) 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
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33 min
February 27, 2017
086: Resources for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
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 The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman (https://www.amazon.com/Start-up-You-Future-Yourself-Transform-ebook/dp/B0050DIWHU/) The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss (https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Expanded-Updated-Cutting-Edge-ebook/dp/B002WE46UW/) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini (https://www.amazon.com/Influence-Psychology-Persuasion-Business-Essentials-ebook/dp/B002BD2UUC/) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (https://www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psychology-Carol-S-Dweck-ebook/dp/B000FCKPHG/) Brene Brown books (https://www.amazon.com/Bren%C3%A9-Brown/e/B001JP45BA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1487290640&sr=8-1) Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck (https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Your-Own-North-Star/dp/0812932188/) $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau (https://www.amazon.com/100-Startup-Reinvent-Living-Create-ebook/dp/B0067TGSOK/) Birthing the Elephant: The Woman's Go-For-It Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D5BDK9E/) Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Harold Schultz (https://www.amazon.com/Pour-Your-Heart-Into-Starbucks-ebook/dp/B007MB5UIW/) Steve Jobs Biography (https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Jobs-Walter-Isaacson-ebook/dp/B004W2UBYW/) People to Follow Rachel Rogers, The Small Business Bodyguard (http://smallbusinessbodyguard.com/) Chris Guillebeau (https://chrisguillebeau.com/) Ramit Sethi, I Will Teach You To Be Rich (http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/) Marie Forleo (https://www.marieforleo.com/) Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/) Meg Keene (http://www.megkeene.com/) Seth Godin (http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/) Tim Ferris (http://www.timothyferris.com/) Copyblogger (http://www.copyblogger.com/) Software Clio (http://www.clio.com/) Zapier (https://zapier.com/) Resources for Raising Capital Elizabeth Yin (http://blog.elizabethyin.com/) Mark Suster, Both Sides of the Table (https://bothsidesofthetable.com/) Other Resources Podcast: Seth Godin Tells Lawyers How to Make Art and Start a Ruckus (https://www.countertax.ca/bnlpodcast/s01e10-seth-godin) CodeX FutureLaw Conference at Stanford University (https://law.stanford.edu/event/codex-futurelaw-conference-2017/) Upwork (for outsourcing) (https://www.upwork.com/) Harvard Business Review Emails (https://hbr.org/email-newsletters) 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
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44 min
February 20, 2017
085: Surviving as a Summer Associate and New Firm Lawyer (with Grover Cleveland)
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 Grover's Website (http://www.swimminglessonsforbabysharks.com/) Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks  (https://www.amazon.com/Swimming-Lessons-Sharks-Career-Guides/dp/1634606868/) Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
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38 min
February 13, 2017
084: Using Rules Effectively in Legal Writing (w/ guest Jason Jones)
Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Law School Toolbox tutor (and former law professor) Jason Jones about a very important aspect of law school exam success – using legal rules.  Some of you might be thinking, “Duh, of course, I know how to use legal rules. It’s all we talk about in class and I have them all in my outline.” But, we see A LOT of exam answers – where students swear they knew the rules going in – that really don’t include rules at all. If you want to set yourself up for legal rule success, tune in!  In this episode we discuss: What's the rule supposed to accomplish in legal writing? Why it's important to have accurate, complete rule statements Common issues students have with using legal rules effectively What a bad rule statement looks like Do you need to memorize your rule statements exactly?  How do you know if the rules in your outline are correct and easy to use? Is it okay to just look up the rules in a commercial outline? Alison and Jason share examples of what do to (and not to do) with rules in legal writing Resources A Formula For Rule Analysis Success (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/formula-rule-analysis-success/) 3 Steps to Using Cases to Explain the Law (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/3-steps-using-cases-explain-law/) How and Why: Deepening Your Legal Reasoning (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-and-why-deepening-your-legal-reasoning/) Legal Writing 101 podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-11-legal-writing-101/) Getting to Maybe: How To Excel at Law School Exams (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Maybe-Excel-School-Exams/dp/0890897603) Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes (or your listening platform of choice). And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). Thanks for listening! Good luck with those rule statements! Alison & Lee
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36 min
February 6, 2017
083: Lawyers in Action - The Airport Immigration Crisis
Welcome to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’ve got a special episode for you. We are honored to be talking with several volunteer lawyers who sprung into action at airports around the country, helping people caught up in the chaos that ensued after President Trump issued his executive order on immigration. This executive order, issued at the close of business on Friday, January 27th, 2017 resulted in a slew of deportations and detentions of travelers who were traveling with what they thought were valid visas. It’s also generated a number of emergency injunctions in federal courts around the country. Tune in to hear what the situation was like on the ground, and how lawyers and law students can get involved to help. In this episode we discuss: Interviews with lawyers on the front lines: Sarah Sherman Stokes, Professor at Boston University School of Law volunteering with students in Boston, and Cindy Grossman, law firm tax partner volunteering at Newark Airport What was really going on at the airports and in the courts How lawyers got involved and self-organized a response How lawyers can, and did, help, even if they have other areas of substantive expertise The challenges of getting information to travelers who might need help What information, if any, lawyers were able to get about people being detained Classes to can take if you are interested in immigration law, and activities to participate in The value of law school clinics for building confidence and legal skills Issues that immigrants face, beyond just immigration How law students and lawyers can get involved and help The importance of lawyers brushing up on their general civil rights skills What it's like to fight the good fight in difficult situations Resources Lawyers for Good Government Website (http://www.lawyersforgoodgovernment.org/) Lawyers for Good Government Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/lawyersforgoodgovernment/) No Ban USA (https://nobanusa.com/) No Ban USA (for JFK) (https://nobanusa.com/jfk/) No Ban USA (for Newark) (https://nobanusa.com/ewr) Help the Lawyers Twitter (https://twitter.com/helpthelawyers) Free Law Project - Airport Cases (https://free.law/featured-cases/airport-cases/) How Lawyers are Using Tech to Fight for Justice in US Airports (https://www.clio.com/blog/help-the-lawyers-tech/) These are the Attorneys Fighting Trump's Immigration Ban at Airports Around the Country (http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/01/the-women-fighting-trumps-immigration-ban.html) Twitter Accounts: @DullesJustice (http://twitter.com/DullesJustice) @EWR_Lawyers (http://twitter.com/EWR_Lawyers) @nobanjfk (http://twitter.com/nobanjfk) @DFWDetained (http://twitter.com/DFWDetained) @OneJusticeOrg (http://twitter.com/OneJusticeOrg) @centrolegal (http://twitter.com/centrolegal) @LAXLawyers (http://twitter.com/LAXLawyers) @OpenBoston (https://twitter.com/openboston) Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
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56 min
January 30, 2017
082: The Happy Lawyer Project with Okeoma Moronu
Welcome back! Today we're talking with Okeoma Moronu, a BigLaw mid-level associate and creator of The Happy Lawyer Project.  Are you a law student wondering if you can be happy as a lawyer? Are you a lawyer looking for happiness? It's really not impossible. Tune in for fresh ideas! In this episode we discuss: Can lawyers really be happy?  Advice for young associates deciding what type of law to focus on Corporate or litigation? What are the pros and cons? How to make BigLaw work for you How to know if you should leave the law profession entirely How to find happiness as a lawyer or law student What to do in law school to prepare for a happy career  How to connect with the Happy Lawyer Project  Resources The Happy Lawyer Project (www.thehappylawyerproject.com) Why Are Lawyers So Unhappy (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-10-lawyers-unhappy/) Episode Transcript: Download a copy of the transcript If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
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34 min
January 23, 2017
081: Building Emotional Intelligence
Welcome back! Today we're talking about something that's not discussed all that often in law school, which is emotional intelligence. This is an important piece of the puzzle for happiness and success in your law career and in life.  Want to know how to develop these skills? Tune in!  In this episode we discuss: What is emotional intelligence? Why is emotional intelligence important in legal work? Can better emotional intelligence make you a better lawyer (or will it just make you soft)? How to handle the stress of navigating rough waters for your clients Why there's persistent conflict in the legal profession and how to handle it Lee and Alison give examples of conflict from their legal work Personality types and how they affect your lawyering The importance of empathy and compassion in lawyers Exercises and resources for developing emotional intelligence Resources How to Be a Success at Everything (https://www.fastcompany.com/3042330/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/how-one-simple-change-can-make-you-a-better-listener) 4 Rituals That Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience (http://time.com/4042834/neuroscience-happy-rituals/?xid=fbshare) Jeena Cho (http://jeenacho.com/) Judi Cohen, Warrior One (http://warriorone.com/) When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron (https://www.amazon.com/When-Things-Fall-Apart-Anniversary/dp/1611803438/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484089071&sr=1-4&keywords=things+fall+apart) Books by Brene Brown (https://www.amazon.com/Bren%C3%A9-Brown/e/B001JP45BA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1484926896&sr=1-1) Books by the Dalai Lama (https://www.amazon.com/Dalai-Lama/e/B000AQ027U/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1484927209&sr=1-1) The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron (https://www.amazon.com/Places-That-Scare-You-Fearlessness-ebook/dp/B00BBXJH7W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484927287&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Places+that+scare+you) Episode Transcript: Download a copy of the transcript If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
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38 min
January 16, 2017
080: Bar Exam 101 - An Introduction
Welcome back! Today, we're talking about the basics of the bar exam. This episode might send shudders down your spine if you're a 3L looking to take the bar exam next summer, or perhaps you're thinking, "Hey, I'm a 1L. Why should I be worrying about this so early?" Well, the reality is the bar exam is a pretty big deal and is one of the final hurdles to becoming a lawyer. So whether you're taking the next bar exam or taking it a few years from now, you need to understand the basics, to ensure you prepare effectively and only have to take it once! (We're pleased to announce our episodes now contain a transcript, which you'll find below. Enjoy!) In this episode we discuss: Bar exam basics, especially California and the UBE states What the UBE consists of (MPT, MBE, MEE) What the performance test covers and how to prepare What to expect on the MBE and how to prepare Being strategic and matching your bar exam planning to your career objectives Questions to ask yourself as you decide which bar exam to take The changes coming to the California bar exam Should you wait to take the CA bar exam?  Will CA be harder or easier after the changes? Planning ahead for the bar exam as a 1L and 2L  Other state bar exams you may encounter Choosing the right bar review provider and whether you need to buy immediately as a law student What are accommodations and how can you get them for the bar exam? Should you take bar electives in law school? The future of the bar exam Resources National Conference of Bar Examiners (http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/) Thinking Ahead to Get Ready for the Bar Exam (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-26-thinking-ahead-get-ready-bar-exam/) The Top 5 Bar Exam Mistakes Podcast (sponsored by Adaptibar - with $55 discount) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-47-the-top-five-bar-exam-study-mistakes-with-ariel/) Adaptibar (http://barexamtoolbox.com/vendors/adaptibar/) Themis Bar Review (http://barexamtoolbox.com/vendors/themis-bar-review/) Lean Sheets (http://barexamtoolbox.com/vendors/lean-sheets/) Sketchy Law (http://barexamtoolbox.com/tools-bar-exam-success-sketchy-law/) Can You Pass the Bar Exam Without Taking Barbri (http://barexamtoolbox.com/can-you-pass-the-bar-exam-without-taking-barbri/) Bar Exam Tips: Mastering the MBE (podcast) (http://barexamtoolbox.com/podcast-episode-52-bar-exam-tips-mastering-mbe/) Seeking Accommodations in Law School and the Bar Exam (http://barexamtoolbox.com/podcast-episode-72-seeking-accommodations-law-school-bar-exam-dr-jared-maloff/) All our Bar Exam Related Podcasts (http://barexamtoolbox.com/podcast/) Episode Transcript: Download a copy of the transcript If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). Thanks for listening! Good luck on the bar exam. Alison & Lee
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37 min
January 9, 2017
079: Making the Most of Your Second Semester in Law School
Welcome back! Today, we’re talking about making the most of your second semester of law school.  By now, you probably have some or all of your grades back, so this is a good time to take stock of where you are and make any changes necessary to get the most out of your second semester.  In this episode we discuss: Dealing with your first semester grades, whether they're good, bad, or in the middle What do your 1L first semester grades really indicate?  Calibrating your expectations Evaluating what went well and what you need to improve on How your grades can affect your 1L summer job search What should you be focusing on in the second semester? What you can be doing to advance your future legal career, even as a 1L Preparing for the law journal write-on process Thinking about Moot Court Extra-curricular activities to consider getting involved with second semester Taking care of yourself Handling burnout The Law School Toolbox Second Semester ReBoot course, if your grades need to improve Resources Law School Toolbox Second Semester ReBoot (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/join-second-semester-reboot-law-school-camp/) Dealing with Bad Law School Grades (podcast)  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-28-dealing-bad-law-school-grades/) Job Search Basics for 1Ls (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-24-job-search-basics-1ls/) Acing Oral Arguments in Law School (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-53-acing-oral-arguments-law-school/) Surviving Law School Moot Court (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-37/) Acing the Law Review Write-On Competition (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-42-acing-law-review-write-competition/)  Where to Get Help in Law School (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-17-get-help-law-school/) How to Conduct Great Informational Interviews (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/how-to-conduct-great-informational-interviews/) The Binge Breaker (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/11/the-binge-breaker/501122/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). Thanks for listening! Good luck second semester. Alison & Lee
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42 min
January 2, 2017
078: Advice for First-Time Bar Exam Takers
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 Exam Day Tips (http://barexamtoolbox.com/exam-day-tips/) Warning Signs You May Need Help as a First-Time Bar Taker (http://barexamtoolbox.com/warning-signs-you-may-need-extra-help-as-a-first-time-bar-exam-taker/) Can You Pass the Bar Exam without BARBRI (http://barexamtoolbox.com/can-you-pass-the-bar-exam-without-taking-barbri/) Thinking Ahead to Get Ready for the Bar Exam (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-26-thinking-ahead-get-ready-bar-exam/) Seeking Accommodations for Law School and the Bar Exam (http://barexamtoolbox.com/podcast-episode-72-seeking-accommodations-law-school-bar-exam-dr-jared-maloff/) Tools for Bar Exam Success: AdaptiBar (http://barexamtoolbox.com/tools-for-bar-exam-success-adaptibar/) Bar Tutoring for First-Time Takers (UBE) http://barexamtoolbox.com/ube-bar-tutoring-first-time-takers/ Bar Tutoring for First-Time Takers (CA) http://barexamtoolbox.com/california-bar-tutoring-first-time-takers/ 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
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42 min
December 19, 2016
077: How to Get Great Letters of Recommendation for Anything
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 Craft a Law School Application That Gets You In: Letters of Recommendation (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/how-to-create-your-best-law-school-application-letters-of-recommendation/) Make Your Clerkship Application Shine: Letters of Recommendation http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/make-your-clerkship-application-letters-of-recommendation-shine/ If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). Thanks for listening! Good luck with getting those recommendations! Alison & Lee
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37 min
December 12, 2016
076: Making the Most of Your Law School Winter Break
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 Podcast: Soft Skills You Need to Develop to Be A Successful Attorney (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-71-soft-skills-you-need-to-develop-to-be-a-successful-attorney/) Conducting Great Informational Interviews (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/how-to-conduct-great-informational-interviews/) 5 Ways to Make Your Winter Break Productive (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-ways-make-winter-break-productive/) Did You Work on Your Resume During Winter Break? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/did-you-work-on-your-resume-during-law-school-winter-break/) Advice From a Law Recruiter: Top Tips For a Perfect Resume (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/advice-law-recruiter-part-one-resumes/)  Podcast: Resume and Cover Letter Basics (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-12-resume-cover-letter-basics/) Podcast: Seeking Accommodations in Law School and on the Bar Exam: (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-72-seeking-accommodations-law-school-bar-exam/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). Thanks for listening! Have a nice, relaxing break! Alison & Lee
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32 min
December 5, 2016
075: Learn about Structured Negotiation and Disability Rights Law (with Lainey Feingold)
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 Lainey's website (http://www.lflegal.com)  More information about her book, "Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits" (http://shop.americanbar.org/ebus/store/productdetails.aspx?productId=253331125) Contact Lainey: lf@lflegal.com Episode Transcript: Click to download 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
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42 min
November 28, 2016
074: Should You Go To Law School?
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 Why are Lawyers So Unhappy (Podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-10-lawyers-unhappy/) Maintaining Authenticity in the Legal Profession (Podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-5-maintaining-authenticity-legal-profession/) How to Conduct Great Informational Interviews (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/how-to-conduct-great-informational-interviews/) How to Decide What Type of Law to Practice (Podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-70-how-to-decide-what-type-of-law-to-practice/) 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
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37 min
November 21, 2016
073: What To Do if You Failed the Bar Exam (with Ariel Salzer)
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 Seeking Accommodations in Law School and on the Bar Exam (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-72-seeking-accommodations-law-school-bar-exam/) How to Apply for Bar Exam Accommodations When Finances are a Concern (http://barexamtoolbox.com/apply-bar-exam-accommodations-finances-concern/) Should You Apply for Accommodations for the Bar Exam (http://barexamtoolbox.com/apply-bar-exam-testing-accommodations/) Nine Elements to Review if You Failed the Bar Exam (http://barexamtoolbox.com/nine-elements-review-failed-bar-exam/) Failed the Bar Exam? How to Be the Ultimate Sore Loser the Next Time Around (http://barexamtoolbox.com/failed-the-bar-exam-how-to-be-the-ultimate-sore-loser-to-pass-the-bar-exam-next-time/)  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
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38 min
November 14, 2016
072: Seeking Accommodations in Law School and on the Bar Exam (with Dr. Jared Maloff)
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 Leveling the Playing Field - Testing Accommodations on the Bar Exam (http://barexamtoolbox.com/leveling-the-playing-field-testing-accommodations-on-the-bar-exam/) Should You Apply for Bar Exam Testing Accommodations (http://barexamtoolbox.com/apply-bar-exam-testing-accommodations/) How to Apply for Bar Exam Accommodations When Finances are a Concern (http://barexamtoolbox.com/apply-bar-exam-accommodations-finances-concern/) State Dependent Learning and the Bar Exam (http://barexamtoolbox.com/state-dependent-learning-and-the-bar-exam/) Using Resources and Seeking Accommodations in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/leveling-playing-field-using-resource-seeking-accommodations-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! Alison & Lee
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40 min
November 7, 2016
071: Soft Skills to Develop in Law School to be Practice Ready
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 Are you emotionally Intelligent? 5 Soft Skills to Show Off in Your Summer Law Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/are-you-emotionally-intelligent-5-soft-skills-to-show-off-in-your-summer-law-job/) You Are a Lawyer Already: Practice Management (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/lawyer-already-practice-management/) Building the 21st Century Lawyer (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-69/) How to Behave like a Professional in the Legal Workplace (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-25-behave-like-professional-legal-workplace/) 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  
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40 min
October 31, 2016
070: How to Decide What Type of Law to Practice
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 Podcast Episode 5: Maintaining Authenticity in the Legal Profession (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-5-maintaining-authenticity-legal-profession/) Podcast Episode 58: Non-Profit Law and Social Entrepreneurship (with Guest Adrian Tirtanadi of Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal) (http://lawschooltoolbox.libsyn.com/058-non-profit-law-and-social-entrepreneurship-with-guest-adrian-tirtanadi-of-bayview-hunters-point-community-legal) Do You Want a BigLaw Job? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/do-you-want-a-biglaw-job/)  Podcast Episode 66 - Tips for a Successful Law School Internship or Externship (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-66-tips-successful-law-school-internship-externship/) Thinking of Becoming a Solo Practitioner (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/thinking-of-becoming-a-solo-practitioner/) What Does Your Personality Test Say About Your Career (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/what-does-your-personality-test-really-say-about-your-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
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41 min
October 24, 2016
069: Building the 21st-Century Lawyer
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  
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50 min
October 17, 2016
068: Top Ten Legal Research and Writing Disasters to Avoid
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 Resources: Legal Writing 101 Podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-11-legal-writing-101/) Writing Effectively in Your Summer Legal Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-45-writing-effectively-summer-legal-job/) Approaching Your Legal Writing Assignment like a Jazz Solo (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/approaching-your-legal-writing-assignment-like-a-jazz-solo/) Four Legal Writing Tips from the Theater (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/four-legal-writing-tips-theatre/) The Link Between Legal Writing and Final Exams (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/link-legal-writing-final-exams/) Tips for Conquering Legal Writing (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-experts-share-tips-for-conquering-legal-writing/) Dos and Don'ts to for Using Sample Documents in Legal Writing (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/dos-donts-using-sample-documents-legal-writing/) From Objective to Persuasive Writing: The Law (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/10818-2/) From Objective to Persuasive Writing: The Facts (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/objective-to-persuasive-writing-part-two/) Trello (www.trello.com)
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October 10, 2016
067: Your Mid-Semester Law School To-Do List
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 Resources: Having an October Freakout? Of Course You Are! (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/having-an-october-freakout-of-course-you-are/) The October Freakout (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/having-an-october-freakout-of-course-you-are/) Your Mid-Semester Reality Check (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-36/) How to Make a Useful Law School Outline (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-65-make-a-useful-law-school-outline/) Dealing With Self-Sabotaging Behavior in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-63-dealing-self-sabotaging-behavior-law-school/) Fast, Healthy and Cheap Meals in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/fast-healthy-and-cheap-eating-in-law-school/) Toggl (https://toggl.com/)
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35 min
October 3, 2016
066: Tips for a Successful Law School Internship or Externship
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 Resources: How to Behave Like a Professional in the Legal Workplace Podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-25-behave-like-professional-legal-workplace/) Tips for Legal Writing at Your Summer Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-for-legal-writing-at-your-summer-job/) Being a Professional in a Generation Gap Workplace (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/getting-an-offer-being-professional-in-a-generation-gap-workplace/) Writing Effectively in Your Summer Legal Job (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-45-writing-effectively-summer-legal-job/) How to End a Summer Internship on a Good Note (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/end-summer-internship-good-note/)
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39 min
September 26, 2016
065: How to Make a Useful Law School Outline
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 Resources: Using Supplements Effectively in Law School Podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-18-using-supplements-effectively-law-school/) Avoiding Law School Exam Disasters Podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-41-avoiding-law-school-exam-disasters/) Conquering Different Types of Law Exams Podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-19-conquering-different-types-law-school-exams/) Study Strategies for Different Learning Styles in Law School Podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-16-study-strategies-different-learning-styles-law-school/) Doing What Makes You Uncomfortable (http://barexamtoolbox.com/how-to-pass-the-bar-by-doing-what-makes-you-the-most-uncomfortable/) Law School Toolbox Tutoring (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Flashcards or Flowcharts: What's Best? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/flashcards-or-flowcharts-whats-best/)
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38 min
September 19, 2016
064: Developing Grit in Law School
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: Angela Lee Duckworth's Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance - TED Talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance) The Places that Scare You (Pema Chodron on tonglen practice) (https://www.amazon.com/Places-that-Scare-You-Fearlessness/dp/1570629218) Parenting in Law School: Surviving Your 1L Year (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-kids-surviving-1l-year-raising-family/) Avoiding Disasters in Law School podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-14-avoiding-disasters-law-school/) Maintaining Authenticity in the Legal Profession (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-5-maintaining-authenticity-legal-profession/)
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42 min
September 12, 2016
063: Dealing with Self-Sabotaging Behavior in Law School
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: Need to Get More Done in Law School? Try the Circles (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/tips-time-management-awesomeness-with-the-circles/) Do You Need a Sponsor to Stay Productive in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/do-you-need-a-sponsor-to-stay-productive-in-law-school/) How to Calendar Your Way to Better Grades and More Free Time (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-calendar-your-way-to-better-grades-and-more-free-time/) How to Stick to Your Goals in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-stick-to-your-goals-in-law-school/)
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39 min
September 5, 2016
062: Surviving the Socratic Method in Law School Classes
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: Do I Really Have to Read the Cases? http://lawschooltoolbox.com/1l-question-of-the-day-do-i-really-have-to-read-the-cases/  Top 5 Mistakes Students Make When Prepping for Class (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/top-5-mistakes-students-make-preparing-for-class/) 5 Things to Include in Your Law School Class Notes (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-things-to-include-in-your-law-school-class-notes/)
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34 min
August 29, 2016
061: Making the Most of Your 2L and 3L Years of Law School
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: How to Raise Your Grades as a 2L or 3L (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-9-raise-grades-2l-3l/) How to Get a Judicial Clerkship (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-44-how-to-get-a-judicial-clerkship/) Thinking Ahead to Get Ready for the Bar Exam (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-26-thinking-ahead-get-ready-bar-exam/) How to Raise Your Grades as a 2L (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/are-you-a-2l-and-wondering-how-you-can-get-better-grades-this-year/) Thinking Ahead: Don't Let the Bar Exam Catch You By Surprise http://barexamtoolbox.com/thinking-ahead-dont-let-bar-exam-catch-surprise/   
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36 min
August 22, 2016
060: 5 Tips for Surviving the First Month of Law School
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: Mindset: The Key to Success in Law School? (podcast) http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-1-mindset-key-success-law-school/  Are You Taking Good Law School Class Notes (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/taking-good-law-school-class-notes/) Is Handwriting Notes a Good Thing or Bad Thing (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/is-handwriting-notes-a-good-thing-or-a-bad-thing/) 5 Things to Include in Your Law School Class Notes http://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-things-to-include-in-your-law-school-class-notes/ How to Stick to Your Goals in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-stick-to-your-goals-in-law-school/) Do You Need a Sponsor to Stay Productive in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/do-you-need-a-sponsor-to-stay-productive-in-law-school/)
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34 min
August 15, 2016
059: Conquering Loneliness in Law School
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: How to Survive a Move to a New City for Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/survive-move-law-school/) Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/)
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38 min
August 8, 2016
058: Non-Profit Law and Social Entrepreneurship (with Guest Adrian Tirtanadi of Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal)
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: Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal (https://bhpcommunitylegal.org/)
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30 min
August 1, 2016
057: Tips for Surviving Law School Orientation
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: Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) Get Off to a Smart Start in Law School (podcast) (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-56-get-smart-start-law-school/) Law School Toolbox Experts Share: Surviving/Optimizing Law School Orientation (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-experts-share-suggestions-for-survivingoptimizing-law-school-orientation/) Reflections on my 1L Orientation (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/reflections-on-my-1l-orientation/)
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33 min
July 25, 2016
056: Getting off to a Smart Start in Law School
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: Need to Get More Done in Law School? Try the Circles! (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/tips-time-management-awesomeness-with-the-circles/) How to Stick to Your Goals in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-stick-to-your-goals-in-law-school/) Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/)
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39 min
July 18, 2016
055: An Overview of BigLaw On-Campus Interviewing (OCI)
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: Podcast: Mastering the OCI Process (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-3-mastering-campus-interviewing-oci-process/) Podcast: Callback Tips for BigLaw Summer Associate positions (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-4-callback-tips-biglaw-summer-associate-positions/) Podcast: Maintaining Authenticity in the Legal Profession (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-5-maintaining-authenticity-legal-profession/)  
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37 min
July 11, 2016
054: How to Evaluate Your Summer Legal Job Experience
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
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38 min
July 4, 2016
053: Acing Oral Arguments in Law School (with guest Megan Canty)
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: How to Approach a Moot Court Argument (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-approach-a-law-school-moot-court-argument/) Surviving Law School Moot Court (podcast) http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-37/ 
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43 min
June 27, 2016
052: Bar Exam: Mastering the MBE
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: General MBE Information (http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mbe/preparing/) Subject Matter Outlines (http://www.ncbex.org/pdfviewer/?file=%2Fdmsdocument%2F182) Can Taking a Break Save Your MBE Score (http://barexamtoolbox.com/can-taking-break-save-mbe-score/) Yikes I need to Improve My MBE Scores (http://barexamtoolbox.com/yikes-I-need-to-improve-my-mbe-scores/) A Slightly Counterintuitive Way to Study for the MBE (http://barexamtoolbox.com/a-slightly-counterintuitive-way-to-study-for-the-MBE/) Top 5 Study Tips for Conquering the MBE (http://barexamtoolbox.com/top-5-study-tips-for-conquering-the-MBE/) There is Just too Much MBE Law To Learn (http://barexamtoolbox.com/there-is-just-too-much-mbe-law-to-learn/) Bar Study Tips - Preparing for the MBE (http://barexamtoolbox.com/bar-study-tips-preparing-for-the-MBE/)
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38 min
June 20, 2016
051: The Characters You'll Meet in Law School
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: Survive Law School: Find Your People (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/surviving-law-school-find-your-people/) The People You Will Meet in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/the-people-you-will-meet-in-law-school/)    
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40 min
June 13, 2016
050: How to Ace the Bar Exam Performance Test (with Doretta McGinnis)
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: How Your Legal Writing Class Prepares You for the MPT (http://barexamtoolbox.com/how-your-legal-writing-class-prepares-you-for-the-mpt/) Read More of Doretta's Advice at Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/author/dorettamcginnis/)
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49 min
June 6, 2016
049: Will Law School Be a Disaster? (With Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher)
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:  The Curve (http://amzn.to/1U0cQv2) The Curve Novel Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/thecurvenovel) The Curve Novel Satirical Website (http://www.seemanhattanlawschool.com/) 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
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35 min
May 30, 2016
048: Our Top Bar Exam Essay Writing Tips (With Guest Ariel Salzer)
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:  How to Pass the Bar Exam By Doing What Makes you Uncomfortable (http://barexamtoolbox.com/how-to-pass-the-bar-by-doing-what-makes-you-the-most-uncomfortable/) Sketchy Law (http://barexamtoolbox.com/tools-bar-exam-success-sketchy-law/) Lean Sheets (http://barexamtoolbox.com/review-of-lean-sheets-bar-exam-outlines/) 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
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37 min
May 23, 2016
047: The Top Five Bar Exam Study Mistakes with Guest Ariel Salzer
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:  Bar Exam Tutoring with the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/private-bar-exam-tutoring/) Adaptibar (https://www.adaptibar.com)  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
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36 min
May 16, 2016
046: 4 Myths About the LSAT from Expert Nathan Fox
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:  Thinking LSAT Podcast (www.thinkinglsat.com) Fox LSAT (www.foxlsat.com) Nathan Fox on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nfox) Don't Go To Law School Just Because Your Good at the LSAT (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/07/dont-go-to-law-school-just-because-youre-good-at-the-lsat/) 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  
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44 min
May 9, 2016
045: Writing Effectively in Your Summer Legal Job
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/)
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38 min
May 2, 2016
044: How to Get a Judicial Clerkship
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
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31 min
April 25, 2016
043: Getting Mentally Prepared to Start Law School
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: The Rise of Gentleman's As and the GPA arms race (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-rise-of-the-gentlemans-a-and-the-gpa-arms-race/2016/03/28/05c9e966-f522-11e5-9804-537defcc3cf6_story.html) Mindset- The Key To Success in Law School Podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-1-mindset-key-success-law-school/) The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (http://www.amazon.com/Gifts-Imperfection-Think-Supposed-Embrace/dp/159285849X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461348008&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Gifts+of+Imperfection) Rising Strong by Brene Brown (http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Strong-Bren%C3%A9-Brown/dp/0812995821/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461347962&sr=1-1&keywords=Rising+Strong) Mindset by Carol Dweck (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345472322/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0345472322&linkCode=as2&tag=lawschtoo-20&linkId=WWLQ67H3M3IHO4NT) What Grit Looks Like in the Classroom (http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/07/what-grit-lookslike-in-the-classroom/399197/) Take an Exam With Us Podcast (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-22-take-exam-us/) Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) Free Start Law School Right Workshop (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/join-the-free-start-law-school-right-workshop/) 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
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37 min
April 18, 2016
042: Acing the Law Review Write-On Competition
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: How to Write a Law Review Note Worthy of Publication (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/how-to-write-a-law-review-note-worthy-of-publication/) Ms. JD partners with NYU Law Review (http://ms-jd.org/blog/article/ms.-jd-partners-with-nyu-law-review-to-re-launch-our-annual-law-review-dive) What You Need to Know About Getting Onto Law Review (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-getting-onto-law-review/) How to Get Answers From the Bluebook (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-answers-bluebook/) 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
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36 min
April 11, 2016
041: Avoiding Law School Exam Disasters
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: Need to Get More Done in Law School? Try the Circles! (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/tips-time-management-awesomeness-with-the-circles/) Ancient and Proven Ways to Improve Memory (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/24/upshot/an-ancient-and-proven-way-to-improve-memory-go-ahead-and-try-it.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad&_r=1) 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
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40 min
April 4, 2016
040: Preparing for Your First Semester of Law School
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: How to Conduct Great Informational Interviews (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/how-to-conduct-great-informational-interviews/) Fast, Healthy, and Cheap Eating in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/fast-healthy-and-cheap-eating-in-law-school/) Law School Confidential (http://www.amazon.com/Law-School-Confidential-Complete-Experience/dp/0312605110) Start Law School Right Course (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) Start Law School Right - Free Workshop Series (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/join-the-free-start-law-school-right-workshop/) 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
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44 min
March 28, 2016
039: Battling Test Anxiety in Law School and on the Bar Exam
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: Performing Under Pressure Before and After the Exam (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/performing-under-pressure-before-after-exam/) Caution Law Student Pressure Ahead (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/caution-law-student-pressure-handling-law-school-stress/) Defending Law School Pressure - Leading Up to the Exam (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/defending-law-school-pressure-leading-exam/) Law School Pressure - The Night Before and Morning of the Exam (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-pressure-night-before-morning-of/) Podcast: Handling Pressure in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-29-handling-pressure-law-school-guest-dr-hank-weisinger/) Tips for Surviving Exam Anxiety (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-surviving-exam-anxiety/) Law School and Mental Health http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-and-mental-health Pema Chodron – The Places that Scare You (http://www.amazon.com/The-Places-that-Scare-You/dp/1570629218) HeadSpace App for Meditation (https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app) Warrior One (http://warriorone.com/) 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
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36 min
March 21, 2016
038: Can You Really Afford Law School?
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: Federal Financial Aid Options (LSAC) (http://www.lsac.org/jd/financing-law-school/financial-aid-options#federal) Financial Aid Overview (LSAC) (http://www.lsac.org/jd/financing-law-school/financial-aid-overview) Ask Heather Jarvis (http://askheatherjarvis.com) Law School Transparency Project (http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/) Law School Myth: Lawyers Make A Lot of Money (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/09/law-school-myth-1-lawyers-make-a-lot-of-money/) Law School Survey of Student Engagement (http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/academic_support/2016/02/lssse-upcoming-report-.html) Defusing the Student Loan Interest Tax (https://lawyerist.com/83690/defusing-student-loan-interest-tax-bomb/) Loan Payment Calculator (http://www.finaid.org/calculators/loanpayments.phtml) 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
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41 min
March 14, 2016
037: Surviving Law School Moot Court
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: How to Prepare for Oral Argument (https://lawyerist.com/40693/how-to-prepare-for-oral-argument/) How to Approach a Moot Court Argument (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-approach-a-law-school-moot-court-argument/) 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
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38 min
March 7, 2016
036: Your Mid-Semester Law School Reality Check
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
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33 min
February 29, 2016
035: What Extracurricular Activities Matter in Law School?
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
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36 min
February 22, 2016
034: Which Law School Should I Go To?
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: Law School Transparency Project (http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/) 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
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38 min
February 15, 2016
033: Our Top 10 Tips for Law School Success!
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
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43 min
February 4, 2016
032: Four Years of Business Lessons - Happy Birthday!
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
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45 min
February 3, 2016
031: Why is it So Horrible to Be a Woman Lawyer?
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 Helping Moms Lean In, But Not Too Far - NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/fashion/helping-moms-lean-in-but-not-too-far.html) One Reason Why the Legal Profession is so Screwed Up (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/05/one-reason-the-legal-profession-is-so-screwed-up/) My Beloved World by Justice Sotomayor (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00957T7CQ/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1) Ms JD Law Review Diversity Survey (http://ms-jd.org/blog/article/ms.-jd-partners-with-nyu-law-review-to-re-launch-our-annual-law-review-dive) What No One Tells You Before You Go To Law School: You're Entering a Sexist Profession (http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/having-daughters-rather-than-sons-makes/) Mentors or Sponsors: Which Do You Need? (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/06/mentors-or-sponsors-which-do-you-need/) Having Daughters Rather Than Sons Makes You More Liberal (http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/having-daughters-rather-than-sons-makes/) BigLaw Partner Begs Associates Not to Leave Because of Their Kids (http://abovethelaw.com/2014/05/biglaw-partner-begs-associates-not-to-quit-because-of-their-kids/) 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
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46 min
January 25, 2016
030: Visual Learning For Law Students with Guest Kipp Mueller of SketchyLaw
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: SketchyLaw (https://www.sketchylaw.com) 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
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33 min
January 18, 2016
029: Handling Pressure in Law School (Guest Dr. Hank Weisinger)
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: "Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most" (http://www.amazon.com/Performing-Under-Pressure-Science-Matters/dp/0804136726) Dr Weisinger's Website (http://www.drhendrieweisinger.com/) Performing Under Pressure eWorkshop Experience (http://pressure.hendrieweisingerphd.com/) 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  
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41 min
January 11, 2016
028: Dealing With Bad Law School Grades
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/
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39 min
January 4, 2016
027: Job Interview Basics
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: Stitch Fix (https://www.stitchfix.com/) 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
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35 min
December 21, 2015
026: Thinking Ahead to Get Ready for the Bar Exam
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: Should You Apply for Bar Exam Testing Accommodations? (http://barexamtoolbox.com/apply-bar-exam-testing-accommodations/) Can You Pass the Bar Exam Without Taking Barbri? http://barexamtoolbox.com/can-you-pass-the-bar-exam-without-taking-barbri/ Mind Over Bar (http://mindoverbar.com/) 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
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37 min
December 14, 2015
025: How to Behave Like a Professional in the Legal Workplace
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
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41 min
December 7, 2015
024: Job Search Basics for 1Ls
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: National Association for Law Placement (http://www.nalp.org/) How to Conduct Great Informational Interviews (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/how-to-conduct-great-informational-interviews/) 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
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36 min
November 30, 2015
023: Law School Exam Day Tips
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: What Should You Bring With You to a Law School Exam? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/what-should-you-bring-with-you-to-a-law-school-exam/) 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
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40 min
November 23, 2015
022: Lee and Alison Take a Law School Exam!
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: Adverse Possession Hypo (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Adverse-possession-hypo.pdf) Adverse Possession Attack Plan (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Adverse-possession-attack-plan.pdf) Adverse Possession Sample Answer (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Adverse-possession-Sample-answer.pdf) Marked Up Answer Alison (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Marked-Up-Question-Alison.pdf) Marked Up Answer Lee (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Marked-Up-Question-Lee.pdf) Scratch Paper Outline Alison (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Scratch-Paper-Outline-Alison.pdf) Scratch Paper Outline Lee (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Scratch-Paper-Outline-Lee.pdf) 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
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36 min
November 16, 2015
021: What Are Professors Looking For On a Law School Exam?
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: 1L Tip of the Day: Good Confusion and Bad Confusion (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/10/law-school-tip-of-the-day-good-confusion-and-bad-confusion/) Should Your Law School Essay Be Wearing Sweatpants or a Suit? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/should-your-law-school-essay-be-wearing-sweatpants-or-a-suit/) 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
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36 min
November 9, 2015
020: The Exam Countdown - One Month and Counting!
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
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November 2, 2015
019: Conquering Different Types of Law School Exams
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: Surviving Law School Exams (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/may-surviving-law-school-exams/) All You Need to Prepare for Law School Exams (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/all-you-need-to-know-to-prepare-for-law-school-exams/) Tips for Studying for an Open Book Exam (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-for-studying-for-an-open-book-exam/) How to Prepare for a Closed Book Exam (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/11/how-to-prepare-for-a-closed-book-exam/) How to Prepare for an Open Book Exam (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/12/how-to-prepare-for-an-open-book-exam/) 1L Exams Start in a Week - What Should Be Doing? (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/12/1l-exams-start-this-week/) 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
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39 min
October 26, 2015
018: Using Supplements Effectively in Law School
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! Resources:  Chirelstein on Contracts: (http://amzn.to/1Mnp9K4) Torts - Examples and Explanations: (http://amzn.to/1G1sfXz) Civ Pro - Examples and Explanations: (http://amzn.to/1G1slOQ) Chemerinsky on Con Law: (http://amzn.to/1G1sstF) Chemerinsky - Federal Jurisdiction (Fed Courts) (http://amzn.to/1MN5vr9) Multiple Choice: Glannon Guide To Civil Procedure: Learning Civil Procedure Through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis (http://amzn.to/1MN5vr9) Q&A Series (http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/catalog/catalog.jsp?id=cat80144) CrunchTime: Civil Procedure (http://amzn.to/1MN5vr9) Contracts (http://amzn.to/1GqXRGe) Torts (http://amzn.to/1MN67Nq) Crim Law (http://amzn.to/1LVBhWp) Property (http://amzn.to/1MN6dEC) Con Law (http://amzn.to/1LVBt84) (These are affiliate links) 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
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October 19, 2015
017: Where to Get Help in Law School
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! Resources: (contains some affiliate links) Chirelstein on Contracts: (http://amzn.to/1Mnp9K4) Torts: (http://amzn.to/1G1sfXz) Civ Pro: (http://amzn.to/1G1slOQ) Chemerinsky on Con Law: (http://amzn.to/1G1sstF) Five Myths About the Law School Study Group (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/five-myths-about-the-law-school-study-group/) Lessons From My 1L Year - Be Careful With Study Groups: (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/lessons-from-my-1l-year-be-careful-with-study-groups/) How to Make the Most Out of Academic Guidance in Law School (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-academic-guidance-in-law-school/) Making the Most of Professor's Office Hours (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/making-most-of-professors-office-hours/) Avoiding Office Hours? Go and Get Something Out of It (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/avoiding-office-hours-go-and-get-something-out-of-it/) 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  
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37 min
October 12, 2015
016: Study Strategies for Different Learning Styles in Law School
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 Resources: Learner Type Quiz - (http://homeworktips.about.com/od/homeworkhelp/a/lstyleqz.htm) Flash Cards or Flowcharts - What's Best? (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/flashcards-or-flowcharts-whats-best/) 5 Study Tips for Visual Learners (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-study-tips-for-visual-learners/) 5 Study Tips for Kinesthetic Learners (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-study-tips-for-kinesthetic-learners/) 5 Tips for Auditory Learners (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-study-tips-for-auditory-learners/) 4 Evidence Backed Law School Study Tips (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/4-evidence-backed-law-school-study-tipos/) 3 More Law School Study Tips (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/3-more-law-school-study-tips/) Secrets to Starting Law School Right - Hey Do You Know How to Memorize Stuff (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/secrets-to-starting-law-school-right-hey-do-you-know-how-to-memorize-stuff/) 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
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35 min
October 6, 2015
015: Surviving the October Freakout in Law School
October is the time in law school where reality begins to set in. Whether you had a tough exam or are struggling with outlining, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed and defeated. You may be exhausted, burnt out, and wondering how you are going to prepare for exams or even what you're doing in law school in the first place. The good news is most law students go through this. Don't flip out! Take our advice to get through the October Freakout so you can have a productive rest of the semester. In this episode we discuss: Taking stock of where you are and where you should be How and where to get help if you are struggling What happens if you still feel completely lost in class?  How long you should be spending on deep thinking tasks (outlining, reviewing concepts and practicing) versus other work How to know if your outlines are working for you Balancing extra-curricular activities and class work How to avoid having Legal Writing take over your life Getting things in order to set yourself up for success How to set goals that work Don't let the October Freakout destroy your law school motivation. Stay strong, and you will get through it!  Best of luck! Resources: Are You Having an October Freakout? Of Course You Are!  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/having-an-october-freakout-of-course-you-are/) Surviving the 1L October Freakout  (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/10/surviving-the-october-1l-freakout/) It’s Time for a Mid-Semester Reality Check (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/time-for-a-mid-semester-reality-check/) Are You in Law School Crisis Mode?  (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/are-you-in-law-school-crisis-mode-heres-how-to-get-out/) 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
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36 min
October 1, 2015
014: Avoiding Disasters in Law School
We will be honest with you, disasters in law school are inevitable. It's not a question of "if" disasters will happen, but "when." That's why it's crucial to be as prepared as possible to avoid total chaos when bad things happen. Law school is stressful enough without suffering through a total academic or life meltdown! Alison and Lee share some of their own personal disasters in law school and other situations that you may encounter.  In this episode you will learn: What is the #1 problem that affects law school students?  How and why to backup your computer files (seriously, just do it!) Ways to prevent and handle exam disasters How to prepare for the inevitable life meltdowns How to prepare your computer for exams How to overcome test anxiety How to rebound from a law school disaster Why it's important to build community Resources: Dropbox - (http://dropbox.com/) One Password - (https://agilebits.com/onepassword) Last Pass - (https://lastpass.com/) Mind Over Bar - (http://mindoverbar.com/) Build a Survival Kit (Red Cross) - (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit) Why You Need Renters Insurance  (https://www.balancepro.net/education/publications/rentersinsurance.html) Why You Should Backup Your Files (https://www.backblaze.com/data-backup/backup-your-computer.html) 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
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41 min
September 28, 2015
013: What Do Lawyers Argue About?
Today we are talking about one important facet of your law school experience - learning to argue like a lawyer. From class to court, it's all basically the same. So, what do Lawyers argue about? Some combination of: The Facts The Law Policy In this episode we discuss: Examples of the types of arguments you will find in law school How to argue like a lawyer Why law students struggle with the concept of ambiguity The importance of reading cases carefully Why law students struggle when trying to argue about the law Policy arguments and why they can be the most confusing type of argument How professors handle policy arguments What types of arguments will you see on exams and strategies for mastering them If you liked 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! Good luck in law school. Alison & Lee  
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34 min
September 24, 2015
012: Resume and Cover Letter Basics
Are your resume and cover letter ready to send out? Many law students wait until they're under the gun to craft their job application materials. The truth is you should write your resume now to avoid having to rush and create one when an opportunity presents itself. Not all resumes and cover letters are created equal. Find out what makes a law student resume and cover letter stand out in a sea of applicants!  In this episode we talk about: Why you should do your resume and cover letter early in law school What your resume needs to convey How long the average hiring manager looks at your resume Learning to look at your resume from different perspectives How to make your resume stand out in a crowded field Common resume problems How to elaborate on a short resume How to explain experience that isn’t obviously related How you can get more experience for your resume Crafting different resumes for different types of jobs Where to get help writing your resume and cover letter The importance of consistency on LinkedIn and other social media profiles Good luck in the job hunt! Resources: The One Thing That Needs to Be On Your Résumé to Ace a Callback Interview (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/07/summer-associate-callback-law-firm-interview-tips/) The One Question That Will Improve Any Résumé (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/09/the-one-question-that-will-improve-any-resume/) Looking for Work? 7 Tips for a Remarkable Résumé (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/02/looking-for-a-legal-job-resume-tips/) Want a Job? Clean Up Your Online Paper Trail (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/06/want-a-job-clean-up-your-online-paper-trail/) 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
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36 min
September 21, 2015
011: Legal Writing 101
What is it about the term Legal Writing that makes law students cringe? If you are a first-year law student, you're most likely enrolled in a Legal Research and Writing Class (LRW). This is a class that can strike fear into the heart of some law students. Others approach it with an "I got this" attitude only to be shocked when they realize they actually don't. The same writing skills that scored you a spot in law school do not always transfer when it comes to legal writing. It's just another class - what is everyone so afraid of?  You have to get comfortable with writing in a different way.  The exams and papers can be incredibly time-consuming and challenging.  It's hard to "unlearn" a style of writing you became comfortable with in your prior education.  In this episode we talk about: What makes legal writing so difficult?  The different types of legal writing How your academic background can affect your success in your legal writing class Improving your legal writing skills How to handle legal writing if English isn't your first language Tools and tricks to stay organized Why legal writing is important to your future career (and passing the bar exam) 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: Trello (http://www.trello.com) - Our favorite organizational tool!!! Be Ready to Throw Your Writing Style Out the Window (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/0l-to-1l-be-ready-to-throw-your-writing-style-out-the-window/) It is Important to Be Realistic About Assignments (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/it-is-important-to-be-realistic-about-assignments/) Legal Writing Tip: Imagine You're Talking to Your Grandmother (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/legal-writing-tip-imagine-youre-talking-to-your-grandma/)
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38 min
September 17, 2015
010: Why are Lawyers so Unhappy?
Are lawyers actually more unhappy than your average professionals, or do they just like to complain a lot?  Studies have shown that 52% of practicing lawyers are dissatisfied in their careers. They suffer from depression rates 3.6 times higher than other professions. The divorce rate is higher among lawyers and especially among female lawyers. Are you doomed to misery as a lawyer? In this episode, we discuss why the profession is so messed up, and what you can do to shield yourself against the worst aspects of the legal profession. We talk about: Why lawyers are so unhappy Whether there's a link between pay and job satisfaction What intrinsic factors in the profession contribute to the widespread misery? "Phantom Blackberry syndrome" after leaving BigLaw Has technology made these problems worse? Perfectionism in the legal profession Is this all law schools' fault? What can you do to avoid or respond to these problems? How can you make your life better as a law student or lawyer?  The good news - not all lawyers are unhappy. The trick is to find a happy medium that works for you.  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 Mentioned: Why Are Lawyers So Unhappy? (http://www.lawyerswithdepression.com/articles/why-are-lawyers-so-unhappy/)  Lawyers With Lower Pay Report More Happiness (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/lawyers-with-lowest-pay-report-more-happiness/)  Law School Quadruples the Chance of Depression: Some Changes That May Help (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-mayer-mangan/law-school-quadruples-dep_b_5713337.html) The Lawyer Who Became a Clown (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/20/abandoning-the-work-i-hated/) Dave Nee Foundation (http://www.daveneefoundation.org/scholarship/lawyers-and-depression/) Warrior One - Mindfulness for Lawyers  (http://warriorone.com/)
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37 min
September 11, 2015
009: How To Raise Your Grades as a 2L or 3L
Welcome back! If you are a 2L or 3L who's stuggled in law school, this episode is for you. Today we're talking about how to overcome a 1L year that was less than stellar and raise your grades for the rest of your tenure in law school. Your GPA as a 1L is important because it's used for on-campus interviews and Law Review, but don't forget that clerkships, internships, and future employers look at the big picture and you still have a long way to go. It's too early to get discouraged! We discuss strategies to raise your GPA which include: Evaluating the problem Developing more effective pre-exam preparation strategies Secrets to eliminating distractions in class Managing your time effectively and getting more practice in Working on your exam writing skills Scheduling classes the smart way Taking advantage of electives and clinics Improving your GPA as a 3L - Is it even worth bothering? Getting in the right mindset for success The most important things is to not get discouraged and give up. Continuously try to improve and change the way you prepare and study, and you'll see results! 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/). Good luck! Alison & Lee Resources: Demoralizing Feedback? Look at What You Did Right! (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/demoralizing-feedback-look-at-what-you-did-right/)    
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September 8, 2015
008: Law School 101 for 1Ls - What NOT to Do!
Welcome back! If you’re a 1L, this is the episode for you. We’re going to talk about the top five things law students consistently screw up their first year, so you can avoid doing any of them. In a nutshell, here they are (and we talk about each one in detail in this episode): 1.     Bad time and life management 2.     Misunderstanding what’s expected on the final exam 3.     Lack of practice 4.     Lack of feedback (or not learning from feedback) 5.     Simply not doing the work, or not fully committing to the experience Are you falling behind in law school, or just checking the boxes and missing the point? Find out what you need to be doing to succeed as a 1L - and what NOT to do! Resources: The Circles method for time management (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/tips-time-management-awesomeness-with-the-circles/) How to Calendar Your Way to Better Grades and More Free Time (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-calendar-your-way-to-better-grades-and-more-free-time/) 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        
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36 min
September 3, 2015
007: Time and Life Management Basics
Today, we're doing a deep dive into a critically important topic -- time and life management! If you're an overstressed law student or young lawyer, this is a can't miss episode. Here's some of what we cover: Why is work-life balance so hard in today's legal profession? Has technology made things even more difficult? How to focus and get the right things done Why multitasking is a bad idea Why it's important to make time for breaks Overcoming self-sabotaging behavior in law school Effectively using a calendar to manage your time How to figure out what you should be spending your time on in law school When should you start outlining in law school? Strategies for prioritizing and executing effectively in law school Common ways to waste time in law school How much time should you spend reading cases? Using systems to make life easier for yourself What can you outsource to create more time for yourself? How much time are people really studying in law school? Resources: The Circles Technique for time management (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/tips-time-management-awesomeness-with-the-circles/) How to Calendar Your Way to Better Grades and More Free Time (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-calendar-your-way-to-better-grades-and-more-free-time/) 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
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August 27, 2015
006: Lessons Learned About Learning
Today we’re excited to be discussing one of our very favorite topics – Learning! I know you’re shocked that this is a topic we find interesting…but we do. Especially right now, when Alison is living in Mexico trying to learn Spanish and Lee is watching her one-year-old son learn new stuff every day.   We’re pretty convinced that the lessons from learning a language, or learning to walk, apply equally to learning in law school!   Here's what's discussed in this episode: How do children approach learning, and what can we learn from them? What's it like learning another language, and how do these lessons apply to law school? Why you need to do the things that make you uncomfortable to really learn effectively Why being smart isn't enough (Hint: You still have to work hard) What we can all learn from Brene Brown about learning (love her!) Practical ways to develop your learning resilience Enjoy! If you like the Law School Toolbox podcast, we're really appreciate an iTunes review and/or rating. And if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lee and Alison at Lee@lawschooltoolbox.com or Alison@lawschooltoolbox.com or you can always contact us via our website contact form at LawSchoolToolbox.com. Show Notes: Brene Brown (BreneBrown.com) Is Starting Law School Like Moving to a Foreign Country? (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/07/starting-law-school-like-moving-foreign-country/) Ultimately, You Always Have to Teach Yourself (http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/07/ultimately-always-teach/) How to Pass the Bar By Doing What Makes You Most Uncomfortable (http://barexamtoolbox.com/how-to-pass-the-bar-by-doing-what-makes-you-the-most-uncomfortable/) Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee  
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37 min
August 25, 2015
005: Maintaining Authenticity in the Legal Profession
Today, we’re talking about a very important topic – how to stay true to yourself and live with integrity as a law student and as a lawyer. Our friend Linda Alvarez gave a great talk on this topic at the most recent Catapult conference, and we’re going to be pulling heavily from her ideas here. For those of you who don’t know her, Linda is an innovative attorney who helps her clients create contracts that align with their values, through a process she calls “discovering agreement.” She’s been named an ABA Legal Rebel, and you can find out more about her on her website DiscoveringAgreement.com. One of the first things Linda mentioned was that it was very interesting that we even think to ask these sort of questions. For example: How do I create an authentic life in the context of my work as a lawyer?  How can I create a legal career that doesn’t create too much dissonance between my nature and my work? Why are lawyers even asking these questions?!? Alison went to architecture school, and architects definitely aren't spending a ton of time worrying that architecture will ruin their lives! Today's conversation is wide-ranging, and includes stories of how we both screwed up and went off track in law school. Some of the topics discussed include: Is this all law school’s fault? Has the legal profession lost a sense of community? What’s integrity? How does it relate to power? Can knowing your core values can make tough decisions easier? The value of making a personal mission statement Are lawyers allowed to have feelings? And what happens if you pretend you don't have any? What are you saying Yes to? Is it really what you want? What fundamental questions should you be asking yourself in law school, or as a new lawyer? Enjoy! And, as always,if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lee and Alison at Lee@lawschooltoolbox.com or Alison@lawschooltoolbox.com or you can always contact us via our website contact form at LawSchoolToolbox.com. Resources Mentioned: Linda Alvarez: DiscoveringAgreement.com Relationship advice for lawyers from Mark Perlmutter (http://trebuchetlegal.com/mark-perlmutter-6-things-learned-law-school-shouldnt-tried-home/) Lawyer-turned-therapist Will Meyerhofer ThePeoplesTherapist.com Please leave a iTunes rating or review if you enjoyed the show. And don't forget to subscribe, so you won't miss anything!
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33 min
August 19, 2015
004 - Callback Tips for BigLaw Summer Associate Positions
Last time, we talked about the basics of OCI, how to bid, and what to expect in the initial interview. Today, we’re discussing the next step in the process – callback interviews.   Topics discussed include: The basics - what's a callback interview, and how is it different from the initial on-campus interview? What are firms looking for in a callback? Advice on scheduling interviews and handling travel arrangements (including what you can expect the firm to pay for) What to wear for your callbacks and what to bring with you Thank you notes What you should be paying attention to on your callbacks, to figure out if a firm is a good fit for you Questions to ask (and not to ask) at a callback What to do if you strike out at OCI and need to find a job a different way If you're doing callbacks, this is a must-listen episode! We'll tell you all the stuff that no one else will.   If you enjoyed this episode of the Law School Toolbox podcast, please take a second to leave a review and rating on iTunes. We’d really appreciate it. And be sure to subscribe, so you don’t miss anything.   If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lee and Alison at Lee@lawschooltoolbox.com or Alison@lawschooltoolbox.com or you can always contact us via our website contact form at LawSchoolToolbox.com.   Thanks for listening! Good luck in your job hunt. Alison & Lee  
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August 17, 2015
003 - Mastering the On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Process
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast. For the next two episodes, we’re talking about the process of getting a summer associate position at a large law firm – typically referred to as on-campus interviewing or OCI. The details of the process vary somewhat between schools, but the basics are similar across the board.   In this episode, we talk about improving your resume and cover letter, how to figure out what firms to bid on in OCI and how to keep them straight, how the process typically works (and differences between different schools), what to wear, what the interviews are like, and what firms are looking for. We also share tips from our experience interviewing potential summer associate candidates - the good, the bad, and the ugly, and talk about the weird stuff we had to explain when we did OCI.   If you're a law student going through OCI, this is a can't miss episode!    If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lee and Alison at Lee@lawschooltoolbox.com or Alison@lawschooltoolbox.com or you can always contact us via our website contact form at LawSchoolToolbox.com.   Enjoy, and good luck at OCI! Resources mentioned: Vault's Guide to Summer Associate positions (http://www.vault.com/company-rankings/law/best-summer-associate-programs) American Lawyer Mid-Level Associate Survey (http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202512392833/The-2014-Associates-Survey-Midlevels-Are-Happy-But) Above the Law BigLaw Rankings (http://abovethelaw.com/careers/2015-law-firm-rankings/) Did you find this episode helpful and interesting? Please leave a ranking and review on iTunes. Thanks!   Alison & Lee  
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August 3, 2015
002: Why is Law School Hard?
In the prior episode, we talked about Mindset and how important it is to work on cultivating a growth mindset. Today, we’re talking about why law school is hard! Not to scare you, but to provide context and alert you to some of the challenges you might face. Forewarned is forearmed. And remember, a challenge – seen the right way – is just an opportunity for growth and learning. In this episode, we talk about: Whether law school is the hardest thing we've ever done Ways to make law school harder for yourself, by choosing the wrong school The impact of stress and anxiety on law students and the legal profession Why the academics of law school are hard Why the social aspects of law school are hard Why the job aspects of law school are hard Whether law school has gotten even harder in recent years Resources: Articles we discussed: Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection On Being a Happy, Healthy, and Ethical Member of an Unhappy, Unhealthy, and Unethical Profession Got a question? Please contact us via LawSchoolToolbox.com. Thanks for listening! Please leave a review and rating on iTunes if you enjoyed the show. We'd really appreciate it!      
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34 min
August 3, 2015
001: Mindset - The Key to Success in Law School?
The goal of this episode is to talk about one of the most important tools you need when starting your legal career – the right mindset. We discuss fixed and growth mindsets and talk about how having the right mindset can really influence your experience and success in law school. We became somewhat obsessed with the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (a Stanford Professor) a couple of years ago. After reading the book, we both realized that a lot of surviving and thriving in law school is really about having the right mindset. Everyone is going to encounter challenges in law school, and in life – what matters is how you react to the road bumps. Do you have a fixed mindest ("I'm too stupid to be in law school") or do you see challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow? In this episode, we share our own stories of overcoming challenges, in law school and otherwise, and offer some tips for shifting to a more growth-oriented way of thinking, for those times when that might not be your first impulse! And, as an added bonus, when discuss when it makes sense to give up and drop out of law school. Resources Mentioned: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success The Writing Assignment that Changes Lives What Does It Mean to Have "Grit" in the Classroom? Got a question? You can always find us via the Contact form on LawSchoolToolbox.com. Say hello! And if you enjoy the show, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Thanks!
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29 min
August 2, 2015
000: Introduction to the Law School Toolbox Podcast
This goal of this episode is to give you – the new listener – an overview of who Lee and Alison are, how we met and started our various projects, why we went to law school, and what we did there. We also talk about different legal jobs we had, over the summers and full-time. Finally, we give you a very quick rundown of our various businesses, and how we can help – whether you’re a current law student, just thinking about law school, or already working as a lawyer. If you're new to the Law School Toolbox podcast, start here! We’d love to hear from you with any questions or comments. You can contact us via the LawSchoolToolbox.com website, or at Alison or Lee @lawschooltoolbox.com. If you enjoy the show, please leave a rating and/or a review. We'd appreciate it!    
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33 min
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