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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


079: Making the Most of Your Second Semester in Law School

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking about making the most of your second semester of law school. 

By now, you probably have some or all of your grades back, so this is a good time to take stock of where you are and make any changes necessary to get the most out of your second semester. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dealing with your first semester grades, whether they're good, bad, or in the middle
  • What do your 1L first semester grades really indicate? 
  • Calibrating your expectations
  • Evaluating what went well and what you need to improve on
  • How your grades can affect your 1L summer job search
  • What should you be focusing on in the second semester?
  • What you can be doing to advance your future legal career, even as a 1L
  • Preparing for the law journal write-on process
  • Thinking about Moot Court
  • Extra-curricular activities to consider getting involved with second semester
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Handling burnout
  • The Law School Toolbox Second Semester ReBoot course, if your grades need to improve


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 (

Thanks for listening! Good luck second semester.

Alison & Lee

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