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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


038: Can You Really Afford Law School?

Welcome back! Today's episode is about a very important topic: financial considerations before, during, and after law school. If you're thinking about taking out law school loans, or you already have, this one is for you! 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is law school debt such a huge issue for so many people? 
  • What is the average law student debt? 
  • The causes of this staggering debt load
  • Pros and cons of the alternative approaches to pay off your loans
  • Downsides of IBR and LRAP that might not be obvious
  • How to make sure you understand what you are in for and what the payoff will be for loans before you accept them
  • Whether schools are lying about your job prospects
  • Types of student loans and how they work
  • Scholarship options, and why you need to be clear about how likely you are to keep a scholarship after the first year (hint - it might be a lot harder than you expect!)
  • Alison shares her experience negotiating financial aid with her school
  • Tips to save money as a law student
  • Potential side hustles for law students


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 ( 


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