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

Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess - Law School Toolbox, LLC

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The Law School Toolbox podcast is an engaging show for law students about law school, the bar exam, legal careers, and life. Each week, we offer practical tips and advice on academic matters, careers, and more. The Law School Toolbox podcast is hosted by opinionated law school and bar exam experts Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess. You might not always agree with us, but we guarantee you won’t be bored listening! Our goal is to impart useful, actionable advice in an entertaining manner. Join us ...
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Law Student's Essentials

Law Student's Essentials

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This is a true story of law students. We are first-year law students. In this podcast, we will tell you what we learn, what we think, and how we think in law school. This podcast is for those who would like to know about law school and/or who are law students. Thank you for listening to our podcast! This is a true story of law students. We are first-year law students. In this podcast, we will tell you what we learn, what we think, and how we think in law school. This podcast is for those who ...
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we share 10 things to consider in preparation for your final year of law school and taking the bar exam. In this episode we discuss: Preparing for the bar exam and the MPRE Evaluating your academic performance and graduation requirements Networking and professional development Updating your job…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing how to spend the summer before starting the demanding second year of law school. In this episode we discuss: How to make the most of your summer job experience Developing your personal brand online Taking stock of your finances Making time for life tasks and having some fun Ref…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we're discussing our top 10 things to consider when getting ready for your first year of law school. In this episode we discuss: Organizing your schedule and study routine What to read the summer before law school? Thinking ahead to exam time Managing your finances effectively Plan…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're excited to have the founder of Write Track Admissions, Hamada Zahawi, with us to talk about law school applications. In this episode we discuss: Hamada's background and work in the law school applications space The importance of your LSAT score on your application How to figure out what st…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In this episode, we're speaking with David Klieger, Manager of Testing and Psychometrics at Aspen Publishing, about equity in standardized testing. In this episode we discuss: David's background and work at Aspen Publishing, including on JD-Next Why is standardized testing an equity issue? How the JD-…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we have admissions consultant Anna Ivey back with us to talk about the law school admissions timeline. In this episode we discuss: Anna's background and work in the law school admissions space What is the ideal timeline for applying to law school? What are the advantages of starting the applicat…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones with us to talk about law firms starting to open their direct hiring process early, often before students have finished their first year. In this episode we discuss: Why are law firms hiring outside the standard OCI process? How can you find out about the…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we have tech innovator and entrepreneur Kevin Surace with us to talk about how the legal profession is evolving in the age of AI. In this episode we discuss: Kevin's background and work in the AI space Some of the most interesting legal questions and problems that AI technologies present Is AI g…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, together with Steve Schwartz from LSAT Unplugged, we're sharing our list of top 10 things to consider when you are applying to law school. In this episode we discuss: Steve's background and work in the law school admissions space How early should you start preparing for taking the …
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones with us to talk about managing your schedule as a summer associate, intern, or extern. In this episode we discuss: What should be your goal as to the amount of work you take on at your summer job? How to figure out how long a task should/will take Structu…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're discussing why doing the assigned reading for your law school classes is important, and we address some common questions we receive from students regarding reading cases for class. In this episode we discuss: Why it's important to spend the time to read cases, even when they seem difficult…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're excited to welcome Haley Miller and Laura Derbonne, who are the co-presidents of the National Disabled Law Students Association, to talk about accommodations and advocating for yourself. In this episode we discuss: Our guests' law school journey and how they got involved with the National …
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, in an episode from our "Listen and Learn" series, we're discussing property intentional torts and their specific defenses. In this episode we discuss: A brief review of intentional torts When is a defendant liable for trespass to land? The differences between trespass to chattels and conversion…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing some bar exam basics to help ensure you pass on the first try. In this episode we discuss: Structure of the current bar exam and how it's going to change Important things to keep in mind for your bar prep What are some problem areas we see with people who don't pass the first t…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about how to get the most out of your summer job. In particular, we are going to cover tips for success in three key aspects of your summer work experience: professionalism, substantive work, and networking. In this episode we discuss: How to be the co-worker that people want on th…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with Gabe Teninbaum -- law professor and creator of spacedrepetition.com -- about how the rapidly developing AI technology may impact the legal profession. In this episode we discuss: Gabe's background and how he got interested in technology for the legal industry How generative A…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones about making good decisions in law school to prepare for your legal career. In this episode we discuss: What's the most important thing you have to do in law school to set yourself up for legal career success? What options do you have if you do…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're excited to have Michele Cooley from Themis Bar Review joining us to talk about their Law School Essentials courses. Note: This episode is brought to you by Themis Bar Review – the gold standard in bar exam preparation. Right now, Themis has a special offer for Law School Toolbox podcast l…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're joined by ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to talk about some less common documents that employers might request from you when you apply for a legal job. In this episode we discuss: Types of less common documents that might be requested during the application process Why do employers ask f…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're sharing specific tips for students coping with ADHD, in relation to managing the law school workload, studying, and preparing for exams. In this episode we discuss: Maintaining mental health in law school Applying for accommodations on exams Organization strategies to help you manage your …
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today's episode is on the topic of executive functioning skills for law students and new lawyers, in relation to staying organized, managing time effectively, and also studying and working smart. In this episode we discuss: What are executive functioning skills? Where do law students struggle when it …
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, in our "Listen and Learn" series, we're discussing the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure – more specifically Rule 15, which deals with the instances in which a party can amend their pleading. In this episode we discuss: A quick refresh on the statute of limitations The three major circumstances …
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones with us to discuss how to make sure you're showing an "appropriate" level of interest in a job position. In this episode we discuss: What are employers and interviewers generally looking for in terms of an applicant's interest? Should you spend time resea…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're excited to be talking with Bryan Nese – a partner at Mayer Brown – about career tips for law students, from identifying your ideal employer and successfully making networking connections, to excelling at your job. In this episode we discuss: Bryan's background and his path to BigLaw The o…
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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today's episode we're talking about starting the new year with a focus on better time management. We discuss how working on small, attainable goals can produce some big changes in the long run. In this episode we discuss: Is it really difficult to create a new habit? Taking a serious look at how yo…
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