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

314 EpisodesProduced by Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess - Law School Toolbox, LLCWebsite

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 A… read more


113: Life as a First-Generation College and Law Student (with Shirlene Armstrong)

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast. Today, we're here with Law School Toolbox writer and 2L, Shirlene Armstrong, to talk about her experiences being a first-generation college and law student. From deciding to go to law school, to getting in, to becoming familiar with the culture and thriving, the process is challenging for everyone, but can be especially intimidating if you have no personal point of reference for what to expect. But it’s possible, and Shirlene is proof!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Shirlene’s decision to go to law school
  • How being the first person in her family to go to college and law school has impacted her experience
  • The law school application process for applicants who aren’t from the “typical” law student background, including personal statements and application fees
  • Choosing the law school that’s right for you
  • Making friends, finding mentors, and connecting with professors
  • Landing a job in law school and during the summer break
  • The challenges of commuting
  • Shirlene’s advice for anyone who feels out of place in law school, or is considering going to law school as a first-generation law student


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Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

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