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

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! 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!

    From Application to Acceptance: The Law School Admissions Timeline (w/Anna Ivey)

    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 min
    Pre-OCI Hiring (w/Sadie Jones)

    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 min
    Implications of AI for the Legal Profession (w/Kevin Surace)

    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 min
    10 Things to Consider When Applying to Law School (w/Steve Schwartz)

    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 min
    Managing the Workload in a Summer Law Job (w/Sadie Jones)

    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 min
    Quick Tips -- Doing the Reading for Your Law School Classes

    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 min

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