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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


028: Dealing With Bad Law School Grades

Chances are, you've received at least some of your first semester law school grades by now. We hope you're jumping for joy, but the reality is that most students didn't do as well as they hoped. Don't panic - this isn't the end of your legal career. You have plenty of time to turn things around. The important thing is to stay focused, learn from your mistakes, and put a plan in place for success next time around. It is possible!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Lee and Alison's personal experience with first semester grades
  • What you need to understand about the curve
  • Why do people get so stressed out about law school grades? 
  • Steps to take after you get your grades
  • Why it's OK to be disappointed
  • How to evaluate your study process
  • Why outlining is an important tool in studying for exams
  • The importance of getting feedback
  • Time management tips
  • How to explain bad grades during interviews

Good luck! If you'd like our help figuring out how to improve your grades second semester, just let us know on the Law School Toolbox website (

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

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! 

Alison & Lee


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