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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


048: Our Top Bar Exam Essay Writing Tips (With Guest Ariel Salzer)

Welcome back! Today we have one of our most experienced bar tutors, Ariel Salzer with us to talk about the essay portion of the bar exam. Many students dread (and even put off) practicing for the essays. We dig into why this is and give helpful tips on how to tackle those essays and find bar exam success. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why are the bar exam essays so challenging?
  • The favorite strategy for preparing for the bar exam essays
  • Why is practice so important? 
  • Why students refuse to practice
  • Is re-writing worth your time? 
  • Why you need to do what makes you uncomfortable
  • Preparing yourself mentally and emotionally
  • Ariel and Lee share their bar essay experiences
  • The importance of self-evaluation
  • How to study the law to make your essays easier to write
  • What the graders are really looking for
  • How and why to take your timed practice tests
  • How to make the bar exam graders' job easy and get maximum points


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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