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

The Law School Toolbox podcast is an engaging show for law students about law school, the bar exam, legal careers, and life. Each week, we offer practical tips and advice on academic matters, careers, and more. The Law School Toolbox podcast is hosted by opinionated law school and bar exam experts Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess. You might not always agree with us, but we guarantee you won’t be bored listening! Our goal is to impart useful, actionable advice in an entertaining manner. Join us! And, if you have an opinion on the show, please drop by and offer a review. We’re here to help, and we’d love to hear from you!

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453: Law School Applications (w/Hamada Zahawi of Write Track Admissions)
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 story you want to tell the law schools, and how to make it credible The nitty-gitty of the different application pieces What skills are law schools looking for in prospective students? Finding references for your letters of recommendation Are admission interviews becoming more common? Tips for optimizing the law school experience once you're admitted Resources: Start Law School Right! (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) Write Track Admissions (https://writetrackadmissions.com/) Law School Admissions Mastery Course (https://lawadmissionsmasterycourse.com/) YouTube: Write Track Admissions (https://www.youtube.com/c/WriteTrackAdmissions) Instagram: Write Track Admissions (https://www.instagram.com/writetrackadmissions/?hl=en) Podcast Episode 119: Navigating the Law School Application Process (with Admission Logic) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-119-navigating-law-school-application-process-admission-logic/) Podcast Episode 256: Tips for Applying to Law School (w/Anna Ivey) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-256-tips-for-applying-to-law-school-w-anna-ivey/) The First Question You Must Answer: Why This? (https://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/07/how-to-create-your-best-law-school-application-personal-statement-why-this/) The Second Question You Must Answer: Why Here? (https://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/07/how-to-create-your-best-law-school-application-personal-statement-why-here/) The Final Question You Must Answer: Why Now? (https://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/07/how-to-create-your-best-law-school-application-personal-statement-why-now/) How to Get Strong Law School Recommendations (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-get-strong-law-school-recommendations/) How to Work on Your Personal Statement When Applying to Law School (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-work-on-your-personal-statement-when-applying-to-law-school/) The Law School Admissions Process (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/the-law-school-admissions-process/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-453-law-school-applications-w-hamada-zahawi-of-write-track-admissions/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
32:50 5/27/24
452: Standardized Testing Equity (w/David Klieger from Aspen Publishing)
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-Next course prepares and assesses prospective law students and helps close the score gap in standardized tests which has traditionally been observed Indicators that a test is a valid and reliable assessment of particular skills What are law school admissions tests trying to measure? How is standardized testing in the law school space evolving? Resources: Start Law School Right! (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) JD-Next at Aspen Publishing (https://aspenpublishing.com/pages/jdnext) LinkedIn: David Klieger (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidklieger/) Podcast Episode 46: 4 Myths About the LSAT from Expert Nathan Fox (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-46-4-myths-about-the-lsat-from-expert-nathan-fox/) Podcast Episode 246: Influence of the LSAT on the Law School Admission Process (with Shirag Shemmassian) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-246-influence-of-the-lsat-on-the-law-school-admission-process-with-shirag-shemmassian/) Podcast Episode 376: Changes to the Law School Admission Process (w/Steve Schwartz) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-376-changes-to-the-law-school-admission-process-w-steve-schwartz/) Understanding the GRE Phenomenon in Law School Admissions (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/understanding-the-gre-phenomenon-in-law-school-admissions/) How to Effectively Self-Study for the LSAT (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-effectively-self-study-for-the-lsat/) Top LSAT Mistakes to Avoid (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/top-lsat-mistakes-to-avoid/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-452-standardized-testing-equity-w-david-klieger-from-aspen-publishing/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
25:31 5/23/24
451: From Application to Acceptance: The Law School Admissions Timeline (w/Anna Ivey)
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 application process early, and why do people apply late in a lot of cases? Preparing for taking the LSAT Lining up recommendations, including if you've been out of school for a while What to do if you have to re-apply to a law school? Resources: Start Law School Right! (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/start-law-school-right/) Anna Ivey Consulting (https://www.annaivey.com/) LinkedIn: Anna Ivey (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annaivey/) YouTube: Anna Ivey (https://www.youtube.com/@AnnaIveyVideo?app=desktop) Law School Admission Council (https://www.lsac.org/) Podcast Episode 256: Tips for Applying to Law School (w/Anna Ivey) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-256-tips-for-applying-to-law-school-w-anna-ivey/) Podcast Episode 335: Things to Consider If You're on a Law School Waitlist (w/Anna Ivey) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-335-things-to-consider-if-youre-on-a-law-school-waitlist-w-anna-ivey/) Podcast Episode 338: Talking About Law School Admissions (w/Sydney Montgomery) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-338-talking-about-law-school-admissions-w-sydney-montgomery/) Podcast Episode 376: Changes to the Law School Admission Process (w/Steve Schwartz) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-376-changes-to-the-law-school-admission-process-w-steve-schwartz/) The Law School Admissions Process (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/the-law-school-admissions-process/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-451-from-application-to-acceptance-the-law-school-admissions-timeline-w-anna-ivey/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
36:08 5/20/24
450: Pre-OCI Hiring (w/Sadie Jones)
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 these positions and apply? The timeframe for considering offers Weighing your options through direct interviewing and OCI  Pros and cons of the early hiring process for law students Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) Law School Toolbox Podcast: Careers (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-archive/careers/) Big Law Skips Ahead of On-Campus Recruiting in Talent Race (https://news.bloomberglaw.com/business-and-practice/big-law-skips-ahead-of-on-campus-recruiting-in-race-for-talent) NALP: National Association for Law Placement (https://www.nalp.org/) Podcast Episode 348: Getting Ready for On-Campus Interviewing (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-348-getting-ready-for-on-campus-interviewing-w-sadie-jones/) Podcast Episode 399: Brining Your A-Game to OCI (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-399-bringing-your-a-game-to-oci-w-sadie-jones/) Comparing Summer Associate Offers – What to Consider, Who to Talk to and What to Ask (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/comparing-summer-associate-offers-what-to-consider-who-to-talk-to-and-what-to-ask/) Three Things They Don't Tell You About OCI (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/three-things-they-dont-tell-you-about-oci/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-450-pre-oci-hiring-w-sadie-jones/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
18:03 5/16/24
449: Implications of AI for the Legal Profession (w/Kevin Surace)
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 going to take over some of the jobs traditionally done by lawyers? The biggest pros and cons of AI technologies moving forward Tips for people who are interested in really exploring these emerging technologies Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) KevinSurace.com (https://kevinsurace.com/) Podcast Episode 425: Exploring the Legal Tech Ecosystem (w/Colin Levy) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-425-exploring-the-legal-tech-ecosystem-w-colin-levy/) Podcast Episode 430: The Paxton AI Founders Talk About Their AI Legal Assistant (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-430-the-paxtonai-founders-talk-about-their-ai-legal-assistant/) Podcast Episode 441: Exploring the Impact of AI on the Legal Profession (w/Gabe Teninbaum) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-441-exploring-the-impact-of-ai-on-the-legal-profession-w-gabe-teninbaum/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-449-implications-of-ai-for-the-legal-profession-w-kevin-surace/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
27:31 5/13/24
448: 10 Things to Consider When Applying to Law School (w/Steve Schwartz)
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 LSAT? The current structure of the LSAT and what changes are coming up The pros and cons of different prep options Researching law schools and scholarships Writing your personal statement Asking for letters of recommendation Balancing studying with your other priorities Resources: LSAT Unplugged (https://www.unpluggedprep.com/) YouTube: LSAT Unplugged & Law School Admissions Podcast (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjZbY0gbWSt6i53hXWTJ0zw) Law School Admission Council (https://www.lsac.org/) LawHub (https://app.lawhub.org/) Law School Transparency (https://www.lawschooltransparency.com/) YNAB: You Need A Budget (https://www.ynab.com/) Podcast Episode 46: 4 Myths About the LSAT from Expert Nathan Fox (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-46-4-myths-about-the-lsat-from-expert-nathan-fox/) Podcast Episode 119: Navigating the Law School Application Process (with Admission Logic) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-119-navigating-law-school-application-process-admission-logic/) Podcast Episode 246: Influence of the LSAT on the Law School Admission Process (with Shirag Shemmassian) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-246-influence-of-the-lsat-on-the-law-school-admission-process-with-shirag-shemmassian/) Podcast Episode 376: Changes to the Law School Admission Process (w/Steve Schwartz) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-376-changes-to-the-law-school-admission-process-w-steve-schwartz/) How Spaced Repetition Can Help You as a Law Student – Part 1 (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-spaced-repetition-can-help-you-as-a-law-student-part-1/) How Spaced Repetition Can Help You as a Law Student – Part 2 (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-spaced-repetition-can-help-you-as-a-law-student-part-2/) Using Blind Review to Effectively Review Your LSAT Practice Test Results (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/using-blind-review-to-effectively-review-your-lsat-practice-test-results/) Tips for Self-Studying for the LSAT (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-for-self-studying-for-the-lsat/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-448-10-things-to-consider-when-applying-to-law-school-w-steve-schwartz/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
39:59 5/6/24
447: Managing the Workload in a Summer Law Job (w/Sadie Jones)
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 Structuring your work day to ensure you're working efficiently Under what circumstances should you just say "no," and how can that be done gracefully? Some common roadblocks to working efficiently for interns and young lawyers Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) Law School Toolbox Podcast: Careers (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-archive/careers/) Podcast Episode 85: Surviving as a Summer Associate and New Firm Lawyer (with Grover Cleveland) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-85-surviving-summer-associate-new-firm-lawyer-grover-cleveland/) Podcast Episode 94: How to Succeed at Your Summer Legal Job (with Sara O'Connor) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-94-succeed-summer-legal-job-sara-oconnor/) Podcast Episode 342: Real World Summer Job Situations (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-342-real-world-summer-job-situations-w-sadie-jones/) 5 Things You Should Do Throughout Your Summer Job or Internship (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-things-you-should-do-throughout-your-summer-job-or-internship/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-447-managing-the-workload-in-a-summer-law-job-w-sadie-jones/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
30:28 4/29/24
446: Quick Tips -- Doing the Reading for Your Law School Classes
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 Fundamental skills developed through reading cases that will benefit you during the rest of law school How reading for class will positively impact your future legal career Tips for gradually cutting down reading time and making the work more manageable Resources: Tutoring for Law School Success (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Quimbee (https://www.quimbee.com/) Westlaw (https://legal.thomsonreuters.com/en/westlaw) LexisNexis (https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/home.page) Podcast Episode 102: How to Read Cases and Prepare for Class in Law School (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/16176-2/) Podcast Episode 309: Tips for Reading a Case (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-309-tips-for-reading-a-case/) Podcast Episode 396: Start Law School Right – Class Prep 101 (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-396-start-law-school-right-class-prep-101/) Preparing for Class as a 1L (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/preparing-for-class-as-a-1l/) Ahead of the Curve: Reading Cases: From Syllabus to Exam – Prepare the Case for Class (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/reading-cases-from-syllabus-to-exam-prepare-the-case-for-class/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-446-quick-tips-doing-the-reading-for-your-law-school-classes/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
16:33 4/22/24
445: Best Practices for Getting Accommodations in Law School
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 Disabled Law Students Association The mission of NDLSA Different types of accommodations and how to go about getting them in law school How to internalize needing classroom or exam accommodations Common mistakes that law students make when it comes to applying for accommodations Resources: NDLSA: National Disabled Law Students Association (https://ndlsa.org/) Podcast Episode 72: Seeking Accommodations in Law School and on the Bar Exam (with Dr. Jared Maloff) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-72-seeking-accommodations-law-school-bar-exam/) Podcast Episode 220: More on Accommodations in Law School (w/Elizabeth Knox) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-220-more-on-accommodations-in-law-school-w-elizabeth-knox/) Why It's Important to Ask for Disability Accommodations Early (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/why-its-important-to-ask-for-disability-accommodations-early/) Leveling the Playing Field: Using Resources and Seeking Accommodations in Law School (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/leveling-playing-field-using-resource-seeking-accommodations-law-school/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-445-best-practices-for-getting-accommodations-in-law-school/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
37:26 4/15/24
444: Listen and Learn -- Property-Based Intentional Torts
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 The necessity defense for property intentional torts The case Vincent v. Lake Erie Transportation Co. Two hypos from previous California bar exams involving property intentional torts Resources: "Listen and Learn" series (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-substantive-law-topics/#listen-learn) California Bar Examination – Essay Questions and Selected Answers, February 2016 (https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/admissions/Examinations/February2016CBX_QuestionsSelectedAnswers_R.pdf) California Bar Examination – Essay Questions and Selected Answers, February 2022 (https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/admissions/Examinations/February-2022-CBX-Essay-Qs-and-Selected-Answers.pdf) Vincent v. Lake Erie Transportation Co. (https://www.casebriefs.com/blog/law/torts/torts-keyed-to-epstein/intentionally-inflicted-harm-the-prima-facie-case-and-defenses/vincent-v-lake-erie-transportation-co-2/) First-Hand Guide to 1L Courses – Property (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/first-hand-guide-to-1l-courses-property/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-444-listen-and-learn-property-based-intentional-torts/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
21:04 4/8/24
443: Bar Exam Basics for Law Students
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 time? How you can set yourself up for success on the exam Tools and resources to use for bar prep Resources: Bar Exam Toolbox podcast (https://barexamtoolbox.com/) Writing of the Week (WOW) Bar Essay Workshop (https://barexamtoolbox.com/writing-of-the-week-wow-bar-essay-workshop/) NCBE: National Conference of Bar Examiners (https://www.ncbex.org/) AdaptiBar (https://www.adaptibar.com/) UWorld (https://www.uworld.com/) SmartBarPrep (https://smartbarprep.com/) Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things, by Adam Grant (https://adamgrant.net/book/hidden-potential/) Podcast Episode 26: Thinking Ahead to Get Ready for the Bar Exam (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-26-thinking-ahead-get-ready-bar-exam/) Podcast Episode 369: Using Spaced Repetition for Your Law School and Bar Exam Studies (w/Gabriel Teninbaum) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-369-using-spaced-repetition-for-your-law-school-and-bar-exam-studies-w-gabriel-teninbaum/) Podcast Episode 372: The NextGen Bar Exam (w/Doretta McGinnis) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-372-the-nextgen-bar-exam-w-doretta-mcginnis/) Podcast Episode 413: Preparing for the Bar Exam with Themis and UWorld (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-413-preparing-for-the-bar-exam-with-themis-and-uworld/) Tips for Selecting Core Course Requirements That May Improve Bar Exam Results (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-for-selecting-core-course-requirements-that-may-improve-bar-exam-results/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-443-bar-exam-basics-for-law-students/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
31:03 4/1/24
442: Quick Tips -- How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer Legal Job
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 their team Tips for getting the most out of the substantive work you do at your summer job Networking at your work place Legal documents you might be asked to draft during your summer job, and how they relate to your writing sample Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) Law School Toolbox Podcast: Careers (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-archive/careers/) Podcast Episode 255: The Dos and Don’ts of Writing Samples (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-255-the-dos-and-donts-of-writing-samples-w-sadie-jones/) Podcast Episode 287: Learning From a Non-Ideal Summer Job Experience (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-287-learning-from-a-non-ideal-summer-job-experience-w-sadie-jones/) Podcast Episode 291: People You Should Get to Know at Any Legal Job (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-291-people-you-should-get-to-know-at-any-legal-job-w-sadie-jones/) Podcast Episode 320: Goals for Your 1L Summer Job (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-320-goals-for-your-1l-summer-job-w-sadie-jones/) Podcast Episode 342: Real World Summer Job Situations (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-342-real-world-summer-job-situations-w-sadie-jones/) 5 Things You Should Do Throughout Your Summer Job or Internship (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-things-you-should-do-throughout-your-summer-job-or-internship/) Professionalism in the Legal Workplace (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/professionalism-in-the-legal-workplace/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-442-quick-tips-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-summer-legal-job/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
14:31 3/25/24
441: Exploring the Impact of AI on the Legal Profession (w/Gabe Teninbaum)
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 AI has been developing in recent years What are some ways that AI may create, or destroy, legal jobs? How can AI help people access legal assistance or information in a low-cost way? What are the biggest concerns and opportunities for the legal profession as AI technology develops? What to do if you're a law student interested in developing technologies Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) spacedrepetition.com (https://spacedrepetition.com/) lawtomatic.com (https://www.lawtomatic.com/) Suffolk University: Gabe Teninbaum (https://www.suffolk.edu/academics/faculty/g/t/gteninbaum) LinkedIn: Gabe Teninbaum (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabriel-teninbaum-6a34676/) LawNext podcast (https://lawnext.libsyn.com/) Casetext (https://casetext.com/) Claude (https://claude.ai/login?returnTo=%2F) JustFix: Technology for Housing Justice (https://www.justfix.org/en/) LegalZoom (https://www.legalzoom.com/) American Bar Association (https://www.americanbar.org/) The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, by Timothy Ferriss (https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0307465357) Productizing Legal Work: Providing Legal Expertise at Scale, by Gabriel H. Teninbaum (https://www.amazon.com/Productizing-Legal-Work-Providing-Expertise-ebook/dp/B09GRCNRPX/ref=sr_1_4?) Podcast Episode 425: Exploring the Legal Tech Ecosystem (w/Colin Levy) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-425-exploring-the-legal-tech-ecosystem-w-colin-levy/) Podcast Episode 430: The PaxtonAI Founders Talk About Their AI Legal Assistant (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-430-the-paxtonai-founders-talk-about-their-ai-legal-assistant/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-441-exploring-the-impact-of-ai-on-the-legal-profession-w-gabe-teninbaum/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
32:17 3/18/24
440: Making Good Career Decisions in Law School (w/Sadie Jones)
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 don't get the exact job you wanted for the 1L/2L summer? Exploring academic activities in different areas of interest  How to frame prior job experiences in interviews Finding networking opportunities in your job placements  Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) Law School Toolbox Podcast: Careers (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-archive/careers/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-440-making-good-career-decisions-in-law-school-w-sadie-jones/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
27:59 3/11/24
439: Keys to Law School Success with Themis (w/Michele Cooley)
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 listeners. If you sign up for their July 2024 bar review course, you can get a $500 discount using the promo code LAWSCHOOLTB500. (This offer is valid until midnight Central Standard Time on May 20th, 2024.) In this episode we discuss: Michele's professional background and her work at Themis Bar Review Common struggles for first-year law students Content of the Law School Essentials courses offered by Themis Implementing practice questions in a study group Using the resources available at your law school Resources: Themis Bar Review (https://www.themisbar.com/) Law School Essentials courses (https://www.themisbar.com/law-school-essentials) Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things, by Adam Grant (https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Potential-Science-Achieving-Greater/dp/0593676734) Podcast Episode 213: Why Practice Is So Important in Law School (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-213-why-practice-is-so-important-in-law-school/) Podcast Episode 413: Preparing for the Bar Exam with Themis and UWorld (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-413-preparing-for-the-bar-exam-with-themis-and-uworld/) Flashcards or Flowcharts: What's Best? (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/flashcards-or-flowcharts-whats-best/) MPRE Study – Don't Wait Until the Last Minute! (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/mpre-study-dont-wait-until-the-last-minute/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-439-keys-to-law-school-success-with-themis-w-michele-cooley/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
36:21 3/4/24
438: Crafting Less Common Job Application Documents (w/Sadie Jones)
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 for this extra step for certain positions? How to craft your application documents to present yourself in the best way, and what common mistakes to avoid  Should you expect to be asked for references? Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) Law School Toolbox Podcast: Careers (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-archive/careers/) Podcast Episode 111: Resumes and Cover Letters (with an ex-BigLaw Recruiter) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-111-resumes-cover-letters-ex-biglaw-recruiter/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-438-crafting-less-common-job-application-documents-w-sadie-jones/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
27:34 2/26/24
437: Quick Tips -- Succeeding in Law School with ADHD
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 workload How to track time effectively Streamlining your study resources Motivation and other issues to address if you're struggling to get started on doing the work Two popular methods for staying focused while studying Resources: Tutoring for Law School Success (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Clockify (https://clockify.me/lp/employee-scheduling-software) Quimbee (https://www.quimbee.com/) Emanuel Study Aid Series (https://aspenpublishing.com/collections/study-aids-emanuel-series) Pomodoro Technique (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique) Need to Get More Done in Law School? Try the Circles. (https://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/tips-time-management-awesomeness-with-the-circles/) Podcast Episode 123: Mental Health in Law School and the Legal Profession (with Sarah Weinstein) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-123-mental-health-law-school-legal-profession-sarah-weinstein/) Podcast Episode 134: Strategies for Maximum Personal Productivity (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-134-strategies-for-maximum-personal-productivity/) Podcast Episode 220: More on Accommodations in Law School (w/Elizabeth Knox) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-220-more-on-accommodations-in-law-school-w-elizabeth-knox/) Exercising Your Focus and Attention Muscles (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/exercising-your-focus-and-attention-muscles/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-437-quick-tips-succeeding-in-law-school-with-adhd/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
18:33 2/19/24
436: Improving Executive Functioning Skills as a Law Student
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 comes to executive functioning? How to improve overall memory Managing distractions and staying focused when you need to Creating an effective to-do list for better time management  Resources: Tutoring for Law School Success (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Thriving with Adult ADHD: Skills to Strengthen Executive Functioning, by Phil Boissiere (https://www.amazon.com/Thriving-Adult-ADHD-Strengthen-Functioning/dp/1641522720/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3A8XV50RB4M1F&) The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success: How to Use Your Brain's Executive Skills to Keep Up, Stay Calm, and Get Organized at Work and at Home, by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare (https://www.amazon.com/Smart-but-Scattered-Guide-Success/dp/1462516963/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1BGW5VCB5TLFR&) Raising Hell, Living Well: Freedom from Influence in a World Where Everyone Wants Something from You, by Jessica Elefante (https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Hell-Living-Well-Influence/dp/0593500555/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1701776391&sr=1-1) Podcast Episode 71: Soft Skills You Need to Develop To Be a Successful Attorney (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-71-soft-skills-you-need-to-develop-to-be-a-successful-attorney/) Podcast Episode 219: Mastering People Skills for Success as an Attorney (w/Stephanie Hanna) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-219-mastering-people-skills-for-success-as-an-attorney-w-stephanie-hanna/) Podcast Episode 427: A Discussion with Author Jessica Elefante on the Power of Influence in the Digital Age (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-427-a-discussion-with-author-jessica-elefante-on-the-power-of-influence-in-the-digital-age/) Podcast Episode 432: Creating New Habits and Optimizing Time Management (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-432-creating-new-habits-and-optimizing-time-management/) Working on Your Executive Functioning Skills (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/working-on-your-executive-functioning-skills/) 4 Steps to Managing Your Time Effectively (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/4-steps-to-managing-your-time-effectively/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-436-improving-executive-functioning-skills-as-a-law-student/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
35:35 2/12/24
435: Listen and Learn -- Amendments to Pleadings (Civ Pro)
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 under which a party is likely to seek to amend their complaint Amending a party's pleading before the statute of limitations has run out How a plaintiff establishes that their amended complaint relates back to the original filing, if the statute of limitations has run out A look at the cases Krupski v. Costa Crociere and Singletary v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, in which the plaintiffs sought to amend their complaints Analyzing two hypos from previous California bar exams Resources: "Listen and Learn" series (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-substantive-law-topics/#listen-learn) California Bar Examination – Essay Questions and Selected Answers, July 2011 (https://nwculaw.edu/pdf/bar/July%202011%20Essays%20and%20Sample%20Answers.pdf) California Bar Examination – Essay Questions and Selected Answers, February 2013 (https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/admissions/gbx/February-2013-CBX%20Selected%20Answers%20Essays.pdf) Krupski v. Costa Crociere (https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/560/538/) Singletary v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (https://caselaw.findlaw.com/court/us-3rd-circuit/1039805.html) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-435-listen-and-learn-amendments-to-pleadings-civ-pro/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
19:47 2/5/24
434: How to Show Interest in a Job Position (w/Sadie Jones)
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 researching the interviewer (if you've been given a name), or focus more on the company/firm? Tips for showing an appropriate level of interest in your cover letter, and during the networking and interviewing processes What are some good (and bad) ways to answer the question "Why does this position interest you?" Examples of questions to ask in an interview during question time Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) Law School Toolbox Podcast: Careers (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-archive/careers/) Job Interview Strategies (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-career-tips/job-interview-strategies/) Podcast Episode 70: How to Decide What Type of Law to Practice (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-70-how-to-decide-what-type-of-law-to-practice/) Podcast Episode 175: Top Interview Questions with ex-BigLaw Recruiter Sadie Jones (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-175-top-interview-questions-with-ex-biglaw-recruiter-sadie-jones/) Podcast Episode 247: Mastering Behavioral Interviews (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-epiosode-247-mastering-behavioral-interviews-w-sadie-jones/) Podcast Episode 278: Questions to Ask (And Avoid Asking) in Legal Job Interviews (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-278-questions-to-ask-and-avoid-asking-in-legal-job-interviews-w-sadie-jones/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-434-how-to-show-interest-in-a-job-position-w-sadie-jones/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
32:08 1/29/24
433: Career Tips from a BigLaw Partner (w/Bryan Nese)
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 one-sentence version of what good legal writing is What two questions to ask yourself before you start the job search How can you identify and target your ideal employer when many places seem so similar? What are firms really looking for when they hire law students? Tips for successfully networking as a law student Bryan's advice for law students who are frustrated that they have not gotten their perfect first job Life as a BigLaw partner Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) Law School Toolbox Podcast: Careers (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-archive/careers/) LinkedIn – Bryan Nese (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryannese/) Adam Grant – Give and Take (https://adamgrant.net/book/give-and-take/) Above the Law (https://abovethelaw.com/) NALP: National Association for Law Placement (https://www.nalp.org/) Podcast Episode 132: What's BigLaw Really Like? (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-132-whats-biglaw-really-like-w-sadie-jones/) Podcast Episode 166: How to Frame Your Job Search Story (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-166-how-to-frame-your-job-search-story-w-sadie-jones/) Easy Networking Tips for Those of Us Who Hate It (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/easy-networking-tips-for-those-of-us-who-hate-it/) Could You Explain This Concept to a 5-Year-Old? (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/could-you-explain-this-concept-to-a-5-year-old/) Legal Writing Tip: Imagine You're Talking to Your Grandma (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/legal-writing-tip-imagine-youre-talking-to-your-grandma/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-433-career-tips-from-a-biglaw-partner-w-bryan-nese/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
35:14 1/22/24
432: Creating New Habits and Optimizing Time Management
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 you're spending your time The truth about multitasking Limiting common time-wasters Creating a schedule of practical things and fun things you want to spend time on How to hold yourself accountable for sticking to your schedule  Setting up incremental, attainable goals Resources: Tutoring for Law School Success (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) The Washington Post – How to help your brain form healthy habits and break the bad ones (https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2023/12/21/habit-formation-practice-tips-brain/) Glennon Doyle – We Can Do Hard Things podcast (https://wecandohardthingspodcast.com/) Implementing Changes – Building Sustainable Habits for a Successful 2024 in Law School and Beyond (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/implementing-changes-building-sustainable-habits-for-a-successful-2024-in-law-school-and-beyond/) Podcast Episode 7: Time and Life Management Basics (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-7-time-life-management-basics/) Podcast Episode 381: Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World (w/Eve Rodsky) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-381-find-your-unicorn-space-reclaim-your-creative-life-in-a-too-busy-world-w-eve-rodsky/) Podcast Episode 427: A Discussion with Author Jessica Elefante on the Power of Influence in the Digital Age (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-427-a-discussion-with-author-jessica-elefante-on-the-power-of-influence-in-the-digital-age/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-432-creating-new-habits-and-optimizing-time-management/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
31:07 1/15/24
431: Quick Tips -- Improving Your Grades After a Disappointing First Semester
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about bouncing back and resetting your law school trajectory after a disappointing semester. We discuss how to diagnose when and where things went off course last semester, and we suggest strategies for avoiding making the same mistakes again. We also talk briefly about how to take advantage of academic support resources at your law school and when to reach out for additional help.  In this episode we discuss: Steps for diagnosing the problem(s) with the way that you studied last term How to approach your professors and TAs about disappointing grades Developing and sticking to a weekly study schedule Helpful resources available at your law school When and where to look for additional help Resources: Tutoring for Law School Success (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Emanuel Study Aid Series (https://aspenpublishing.com/collections/study-aids-emanuel-series) Examples & Explanations (https://aspenpublishing.com/collections/examples-explanations) Improve Your Second Semester Law School Grades! (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/join-second-semester-reboot-law-school-camp/) Tips for Second Semester Success in Law School (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-second-semester-success-law-school/) How to Bounce Back If Your Grades Were Disappointing (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-bounce-back-if-your-grades-were-disappointing/) Podcast Episode 79: Making the Most of Your Second Semester in Law School (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-79-making-second-semester-law-school/) Podcast Episode 226: Bouncing Back Second Semester in Law School (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-226-bouncing-back-second-semester-in-law-school/) Podcast Episode 373: Not Happy with Your First Semester Law School Grades? How to Do Better in the Second Semester (w/Nicola Rossi) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-373-not-happy-with-your-first-semester-law-school-grades-how-to-do-better-in-the-second-semester-w-nicola-rossi/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-431-quick-tips-improving-your-grades-after-a-disappointing-first-semester/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
16:35 1/8/24
430: The Paxton AI Founders Talk About Their AI Legal Assistant
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we're excited to be talking with Mike Ulin and Tanguy Chau -- creators of Paxton AI -- about the AI legal assistant they've developed. In this episode we discuss: Our guests' backgrounds and why they became interested in the legal AI space Some of the best use cases for legal AI tools How Paxton is different than other AI platforms The main advantages that AI has over classic legal research tools What concerns attorneys have about using AI in their legal practice How Paxton AI can help law school students The future developments that are in the works for Paxton  Resources: Tutoring for Law School Success (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Paxton Legal AI (https://www.paxton.ai/) Ironclad (https://ironcladapp.com/product/ai-based-contract-management/) Casetext (https://casetext.com/) Podcast Episode 425: Exploring the Legal Tech Ecosystem (w/Colin Levy) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-425-exploring-the-legal-tech-ecosystem-w-colin-levy/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-430-the-paxton-ai-founders-talk-about-their-ai-legal-assistant/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
28:37 1/1/24
429: Legal Research and Writing in the Workplace (Part 2)
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are going to continue the conversation from our last episode with a discussion about persuasive writing in the workplace and some thoughts on the future of legal writing in the age of AI. In this episode we discuss: Differences between objective and persuasive legal writing Common legal writing assignments for summer associates and new lawyers Tips for effective persuasive writing in the workplace How AI is influencing legal writing Resources: Tutoring for Law School Success (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Casetext (https://casetext.com/) Podcast Episode 45: Writing Effectively in Your Summer Legal Job (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-45-writing-effectively-summer-legal-job/) Podcast Episode 68: Top 10 Legal Research and Writing Disasters to Avoid (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-68-legal-writing-disasters/) Podcast Episode 428: Legal Research and Writing in the Workplace (Part 1) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-428-legal-research-and-writing-in-the-workplace-part-1/) Using Legal Writing in the Workplace (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/using-legal-writing-in-the-workplace/) Three Cs of Legal Writing…And One T (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/three-cs-of-legal-writingand-one-t/) Tips for Legal Writing at Your Summer Job (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-for-legal-writing-at-your-summer-job/) Five Secrets of Effective Legal Writing (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/five-secrets-of-effective-legal-writing/) From Objective to Persuasive Writing, Part 1: Law (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/10818-2/) From Objective to Persuasive Writing, Part 2: Facts (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/objective-to-persuasive-writing-part-two/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-429-legal-research-and-writing-in-the-workplace-part-2/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
29:37 12/25/23
428: Legal Research and Writing in the Workplace (Part 1)
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we have the first episode in a two-part series on legal writing in the workplace. This episode is going to focus on objective legal writing and some best practices for office communications. Next time we will be discussing persuasive legal writing.  In this episode we discuss: How legal writing is different in the work context than in law school classes Common legal writing assignments for summer associates and new lawyers Objective and persuasive legal documents Tips on doing well on your writing assignments at work Help resources for effective legal research Best practices for professional office communication Resources: Tutoring for Law School Success (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Podcast Episode 45: Writing Effectively in Your Summer Legal Job (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-45-writing-effectively-summer-legal-job/) Podcast Episode 68: Top 10 Legal Research and Writing Disasters to Avoid (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-68-legal-writing-disasters/) Using Legal Writing in the Workplace (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/using-legal-writing-in-the-workplace/) Three Cs of Legal Writing…And One T (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/three-cs-of-legal-writingand-one-t/) Tips for Legal Writing at Your Summer Job (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tips-for-legal-writing-at-your-summer-job/) Five Secrets of Effective Legal Writing (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/five-secrets-of-effective-legal-writing/) How to Ace Your Objective Legal Writing Memo (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-ace-your-objective-legal-writing-memo/) From Objective to Persuasive Writing, Part 1: Law (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/10818-2/) From Objective to Persuasive Writing, Part 2: Facts (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/objective-to-persuasive-writing-part-two/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-428-legal-research-and-writing-in-the-workplace-part-1/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
35:38 12/18/23
427: A Discussion with Author Jessica Elefante on the Power of Influence in the Digital Age
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're excited to have Jessica Elefante – the author of Raising Hell, Living Well – on the podcast with us to discuss influence, choices, and managing our digital lives. In this episode we discuss: Jessica's background and how the idea for her book came about What is influencing our decisions in today's world? The drawbacks of everyday technologies and how to try limiting their use Avoiding information overload Going back to making more offline than online connections Resources: Jessica Elefante (https://jessicaelefante.com/) Raising Hell, Living Well: Freedom from Influence in a World Where Everyone Wants Something from You, by Jessica Elefante (https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Hell-Living-Well-Influence/dp/0593500555/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1701776391&sr=1-1) Modern Bullshit (https://jessicaelefante.substack.com/) Instagram: folkrebellion (https://www.instagram.com/folkrebellion/?hl=en) Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, by Anna Lembke (https://www.amazon.com/Dopamine-Nation-Finding-Balance-Indulgence/dp/1524746746/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, by Cal Newport (https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Minimalism-Choosing-Focused-Noisy/dp/0525542876) Podcast Episode 125: Maintaining a Professional Profile in the Digital Age (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-125-maintaining-professional-profile-digital-age/) Digital Distraction: When Is Media Helpful and Harmful While You Are Studying (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/digital-distraction-media-helpful-harmful-studying/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-427-a-discussion-with-author-jessica-elefante-on-the-power-of-influence-in-the-digital-age/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
44:20 12/11/23
426: Dealing with Overwhelm in Your Job Search (w/Sadie Jones)
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we have ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones with us to talk about dealing with overwhelm in the job search process. In this episode we discuss: Where do people get stuck in the job search process? What can you do if you're not sure where to start? Tools to help you track your job search progress Prioritizing which activities to focus on How to deal with feeling overwhelmed and hopeless Tips for creating accountability When do you need to get outside help? Resources: CareerDicta (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) Law School Toolbox Podcast: Careers (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-toolbox-podcast-archive/careers/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-426-dealing-with-overwhelm-in-your-job-search-w-sadie-jones/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
30:52 12/4/23
425: Exploring the Legal Tech Ecosystem (w/Colin Levy)
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we're talking with Colin Levy -- author of the book The Legal Tech Ecosystem -- about what's new and exciting in the field of legal technology, and how AI might change the future of law practice. In this episode we discuss: Colin's background and path in the legal tech space What does "the legal tech ecosystem" encompass and how has it developed over the last 20 years or so? How can legal tech help lawyers "do more with less"? How access to justice issues are being alleviated The impact of generative AI on law firms People, companies, and tools that are innovating the legal tech field Resources: The Legal Tech Ecosystem: Innovation, Advancement & the Future of Law Practice, by Colin S. Levy (https://www.amazon.com/Legal-Tech-Ecosystem-Innovation-Advancement/dp/B0CKCZTLWW) Colin S. Levy: Legal Technology Maven (https://www.colinslevy.com/) Proxy: Legal Workflow Management (https://www.proxylegalapp.com/) Clio: Legal Practice Management Software (https://www.clio.com/) CoCounsel: AI Legal Assistant (https://casetext.com/) UniCourt: Legal Data and Analytics (https://unicourt.com/) Podcast Episode 279: Legal Trends in 2020 and Going Forward (w/George Psiharis of Clio) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-279-legal-trends-in-2020-and-going-forward-w-george-psiharis-of-clio/) Emerging Careers for Law Graduates: The Intersection of Law and Technology (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/emerging-careers-for-law-graduates-the-intersection-of-law-and-technology/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-425-exploring-the-legal-tech-ecosystem-w-colin-levy/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
30:43 11/27/23
424: Quick Tips -- Exam Prep Triage
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Preparing effectively for exams is critical to doing well in law school, so you should start early, create your own outlines, and take practice exams before you feel ready. But if - for whatever reason - you find yourself in the reading week nightmare scenario, we're here to help you make the most of the few days left before exams! In this episode we discuss: What's the first thing you should do if you find yourself in reading week and feeling unprepared for exams? How to create a study schedule for the last few days before exams The study materials to gather for each of your classes How and why to prepare "skinny" outlines The importance of practicing exam questions under timed conditions Tips for getting through a law school exam after a few days of cramming Resources: Tutoring for Law School Success (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/tutoring-for-law-school-success/) Gilbert Law Summaries (https://www.westacademic.com/series/Gilbert-Law-Summaries) Emanuel Study Aid Series (https://aspenpublishing.com/collections/study-aids-emanuel-series) Black Letter Outlines (https://www.westacademic.com/series/Black-Letter-Outlines) Examples & Explanations (https://aspenpublishing.com/collections/examples-explanations) Acing Series (https://www.westacademic.com/series/Acing-Series) Podcast Episode 20: The Exam Countdown – One Month and Counting! (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-20-exam-countdown-one-month-counting/) Podcast Episode 41: Avoiding Law School Exam Disasters (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-41-avoiding-law-school-exam-disasters/) Podcast Episode 221: Our Top 5 Last-Minute Exam Tips (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-221-our-top-5-last-minute-exam-tips/) Triage Tips for Final Exams (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/triage-tips-final-exams/) Don't Panic! Last Minute Tips for Final Exams (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/dont-panic-last-minute-tips-for-final-exams/) Download the Transcript  (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/episode-424-quick-tips-exam-prep-triage/) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee
15:46 11/20/23

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