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

315 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


047: The Top Five Bar Exam Study Mistakes with Guest Ariel Salzer

Welcome back! Today we're discussing the top five mistakes students consistently make when preparing for the bar exam, with special guest Ariel Salzer. Ariel is one of our most experienced bar exam tutors, so we’re very excited to have her here today to give us a rundown of the biggest mistakes she sees students making – so you can avoid them!

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Let's get to the show!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The single biggest mistake students make when preparing for the bar exam
  • How to take a "training wheels" approach to bar study
  • Why you should do what makes you most uncomfortable
  • Why you need to outline your essay on scratch paper
  • Whether you should practice in exam conditions
  • What does "minimum competency" mean in relation to the bar exam?
  • Fixing your problem areas
  • How you should be tracking what you personally need to work on
  • Why it's valuable to come up with your own attack plans
  • Memorizing in broad strokes vs. finer detail
  • The importance of mindfulness 


Thanks for listening!

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website ( And don't forget about our bar exam site: Bar Exam Toolbox! (

Enjoy! And best of luck with the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

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