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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


045: Writing Effectively in Your Summer Legal Job

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking about writing effectively in a summer legal job. Joining us as a guest is Doretta McGinnis, who has taught Legal Writing for many years and is now a Law School Toolbox tutor. 

If you are working this summer in a legal context, tune in for tips on how to shine!

In this episode we discuss:

  • How does writing in a legal job context compare to writing in law school? 
  • What will you be writing (and what you probably won't be doing)
  • Handling things you may be asked to do but haven't seen in law school
  • Getting guidance on your assignment and clarifying what you need to produce
  • The importance of maintaining a record of what you do for research assignments
  • What is an employer looking for in a summer employee? 
  • What should you be able to do in your summer job?
  • What should your writing look like? 
  • Objective writing vs. persuasive writing
  • The importance of asking questions
  • Deadlines and how to meet them! 
  • How to anticipate the needs of your supervisor and why it's important to check in
  • What to bring to meetings
  • Getting the backstory on a case
  • Is it ever OK to turn in an incomplete first draft?
  • Behaving like a professional

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 ( 

Enjoy! And best of luck at your summer jobs.

Alison & Lee


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