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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


050: How to Ace the Bar Exam Performance Test (with Doretta McGinnis)

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are focusing on the bar exam performance test. Joining Lee is guest Doretta McGinnis, one of our highly experienced bar exam and law school tutors. 

The performance test portion of the bar exam can be challenging for people, but with these tips you can conquer it and score well. Good luck!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why is the performance test so hard?
  • The importance of following directions closely
  • Is practicing enough? How should you evaluate your work?
  • Why do students put off practice or refuse to do it? 
  • Why you should have a performance test plan 
  • The link between legal writing and the performance test
  • Lee and Doretta share common mistakes students make
  • How to improve your time management
  • How to make the grader's job easy

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 check out our bar exam site: Bar Exam Toolbox (

Thanks for listening! Best of luck with the bar exam.

Alison & Lee


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