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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


056: Getting off to a Smart Start in Law School

Welcome back. Today, we’re talking about how to study smart in law school so you can stay on top of your workload and do as well as possible academically, without undue stress and strain. 

We talk to a lot of incoming 1Ls, and one of the questions we hear over and over is how to handle the huge workload in law school. It can be incredibly intimidating to start law school, especially if you have never had a job that required you to work a lot of hours on an ongoing basis. So, what can you do to keep things under control? 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Challenges that undergrads can face if they go straight to law school 
  • How working prepares you for law school
  • Lee and Alison share how coming from the workforce helped them in law school
  • Managing the expectations of family and friends as you start law school
  • How to structure your time and get rid of distractions
  • How much time should certain tasks take (reading, class prep, deep thinking tasks, etc.)
  • The importance of creating a study calendar
  • Practical techniques for managing your time productively
  • How to stay accountable in law school 
  • Managing your life outside of law school (kids, significant others, emergencies, etc.)

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 (

Thanks for listening! Good luck in law school!

Alison & Lee


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