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The Law School Outlines Podcast
30 minutes | May 26, 2017
Ep. 28 - Chris Henderson on Compartmentalizing and Daily Application
Hello Everybody, I'm joined this week by Chris Henderson from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Chris just finished his 1L year and has a good perspective on how to keep his personal life separate from his law school life, and his job. We chat about his undergrad degree in Legal Studies, taking time off after a disappointing LSAT score, how his passion for his work fuels his law school success, grade anxiety, and about planning his wedding during law school. Chris does it all! Be sure to check him out on Twitter. It's not too late to get pre-registered for the FREE law school skills course! Click here to register for the FREE Skills Course We'll be touching on everything you need to know to improve your study habits, how to build a better brief, the hierarchy of time management, and more! Be sure to email me at email@example.com if you want the course to cover something specific, or if you just want to chat about law school! Make sure to give us a 5-star rating on Itunes, if you like the show. If you don't like the show, why are you still reading this? See you next week with a new guest!
20 minutes | May 19, 2017
Ep. 27 - Wesley Williams Talks about Making the Big Adjustments
Hello Everybody, Sorry about the hiatus! I decided to take a few weeks off to focus on creating a new course for incoming students that have just been admitted. We've got some great stuff in this course that everyone could use, so be on the lookout for that. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that it's going to be 100% FREE! Click Here to pre-register for the free course and guarantee your spot! Reading cases, briefing methods, how to take practice exams, and much more! If you want to get pre-registered, just click the link below. We're only taking a limited number of students for the free program. Pre-registering will guarantee you a spot! This week's guest is Wesley Williams. He just finished his first year, and he has tons of insight on how to make the big adjustments from being an undergrad to a law student. Wesley also dives into his career aspirations, his first summer internship, where good grades rank when looking for a job, and tons more! Super nice guy and I'm really happy to be bringing our chat to all of you! Don't forget to get pre-registered for the course and check out Wesley on Twitter here! Chance Reynolds is a law school tutor and Attorney in Fort Worth, TX. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and find him on Twitter @bestlawoutlines. Sign up at law-schooloutlines.com to get our weekly newsletter.
27 minutes | Apr 27, 2017
Ep. 26 - Jimmy Harris Returns to Talk Final Exams
Hello Everybody! This week we have our first return guest, Jimmy Harris. Jimmy was one of the first guests on the show. We chatted on Ep. 9., and since then he has written several student blogs about various aspects of law school. Make sure to check them out at law-schooloutlines.com/blog. In keeping with the spirit of our April goal of providing free actionable, non-generic tips for your law school exams, Jimmy walked through all of his best exam study habits. I apologize for the technical glitches. The audio drops out a bit, but given that Jimmy is prepping for finals, I wasn't about to ask him to re-record any of the interview because I wanted him focused on his finals! I'm hoping you can still get the full benefit of the content without being too distracted by the audio drops. As I say in the episode, if you need a transcript of the episode you can always email me at email@example.com, and I'd be more than happy to provide it. Make sure to check out Jimmy's Twitter @_Jimmynumber3_. If you'd like to reach out to him directly, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to check out all of our tips and tricks over at law-schooloutlines.com/blog. As discussed in the episode, if you need any help learning the legal rules, we have courses designed to help isolate the rules you're struggling with, so you can quickly improve. If you have a commute, we have audio that you can listen to in your car, videos and downloadable rules outlines. This could be the difference between killing your exams and falling into the middle. Do not leave anything on the table! You've done so much to get where you are! There is no reason to ignore tools that can elevate you above your classmates, and that's what we've created with Law School Outlines Academy. Good luck!
9 minutes | Apr 21, 2017
Ep. 25 - How to Use Practice Exams to Prep for Law School Exams
Hello, This week we're continuing the trend of giving actionable tips that will take your exam prep to the next level. Of course, you've heard that you should be doing practice exams, but do you know the best way to do them? It's pretty likely that practice exams are on your to-do list, and your calendar, but that you can't seem to find the time to get to them. If that sounds familiar, get our expert tips on how and why you need to start putting practice exams ahead of your other activities, especially as exams get closer. Also, make sure to jump over to law-schooloutlines.com to check out all the tools we have to help you succeed in learning the rules so you can take your exam analysis to the next level. Chance Reynolds is a law school tutor and Attorney in Fort Worth, TX. You can email him at email@example.com and find him on Twitter @bestlawoutlines. Sign up at law-schooloutlines.com to get all of his future blogs and podcasts sent directly to your email.
7 minutes | Apr 13, 2017
Ep. 24 - How to Make an Exam Prep Calendar
Hello, Everybody! With finals right around the corner, I wanted to give you a podcast with a practical task you can accomplish very easily and that will pay huge dividends! An exam prep calendar is something I learned about late in law school, and it's a great tool to keep you accountable on a day-to-day basis. Here's the short version - you need a calendar for April and May that lays out exactly what you are going to accomplish each day to prep for your exams. It should be structured like this, and in this order: 1) Your exam a paper due dates, 2) Your daily subjects to outline, make flash cards, etc., and 3) The practice tests you will do every single day until your exams get here. You should be very aggressive and optimistic when you make these calendars. It's okay if you don't cross every goal off the calendar, but you should be making a significant dent. If you need a blank calendar to use, you can get one at the link below: Click Here to Get a Blank Calendar! Make sure to give the podcast a rating on Itunes and listen to all of the other episodes for more tips and tricks like the ones in this episode. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you;d like me to look at your exam prep calendar, or if you need any tips on how aggressive you should be with your daily tasks. Also, make sure to jump over to law-schooloutlines.com to check out all the tools we have to help you succeed in learning the rules so you can take your exam analysis to the next level.
21 minutes | Apr 6, 2017
Ep. 23 - Sarah Dill from Cerebellum Chef Talks Food, Law, and Passion
Hello Everybody, This week's guest is Sarah Dill. Sarah is a second semester 1L at UNT Dallas College of Law as well as a blogger, and so much more. As you'll hear in the interview, Sarah loves to cook and serve up some law school tips and autobiographical stories on her blog at cerebellumchef.com. The blog is great because it shows that Sarah isn't letting law school completely engulf her other passions. We talked food and law school, but one of the most important things that came from our talk is Sarah's ability to juggle so many things at once. She has a packed schedule with a judicial clerkship, family, boyfriend, blog, studies, organizations and so much more! She lays out some of her tools and tactics for keeping everything organized that I know will help a lot of students. I wanted to include a link to two of the tools mentioned in the interview. The first is an online flashcard system call Quizlet. This is a great tool for making flashcards and storing information, and it's FREE! I used it a ton in law school, and I had completely forgotten about it until Sarah mentioned it. The next is a calendar app called Teamup. This is a great app that you can use on multiple devices and share with multiple people to keep your schedule organized. With finals around the corner, it wouldn;t hurt to add this FREE tool to your toolbox and set a tight study schedule. Scheduling is the key! You can find Sarah Dill on Twitter and Instagram @cerebellumchef. Make sure to sign up for the email list over at Law-SchoolOutlines.com to get notified of all future episodes. As always, you can email Chance Reynolds at email@example.com if you have any questions you'd like answered or if you'd like to be a guest on the show! See you next week!
20 minutes | Mar 31, 2017
Ep. 22 - Timaiah Smith from Talking With Timaiah on Staying Professional
Hello Everybody, On this week's episode I'm talking with Timaiah Smith. She's a second semester 1L and we talked about everything from how a successful cold call can get you through the week, to how her classmates think she's crazy for walking around campus with a camera filming herself for the vlog. Timaiah has a really great outlook on law school and her vlog and our interview highlight some of the personality traits that I think will take her far in her legal career. You can find her on Instagram @timaiah5, and you can find her vlog on Youtube RIGHT HERE. Make sure to give us a 5 star rating on Itunes and sign up for our email list if you want to get future episodes and blogs in your inbox!
21 minutes | Mar 24, 2017
Ep. 21 - Ann Levine from LawSchoolExpert.com
Hello Everybody, This week's episode is a bit of detour from the typical episode. Instead of focusing on helping current law school students, I wanted to talk to someone about the struggles of the admission and application process. This week's guest, Ann Levine is the most qualified person to discuss the law school admission process. She's the author of The Law School Admission Game and she has personally helped over 2000 applicants through the admissions process. Ann is an expert at everything you need for law school applications, the LSAT, school selection, interview prep, scholarship negotiation, and tons more. Ann has been working with law school applicants since 2004 and she's seen it all. If you're interested in getting in touch with her make sure to contact her soon because she only takes a predetermined number of applicants for each cycle. You can reach Ann Levine at LawSchoolExpert.com or on Twitter @AnnLevine. If you're interested in learning more about succeeding in law school you can join our email list below. Name:
8 minutes | Mar 20, 2017
Ep. 20 - How to Use Midterms to Your Advantage
Hello Everybody, I recorded this episode because law students are often at a loss on finding an upside to their midterms. Midterms are generally daunting because they cause a lot of stress and only account for a tiny portion of your overall grade. If you do well, that's great but you still have 90% of your overall grade ahead of you. If you don't do well, you're left feeling frustrated and hopeless, despite the fact that 90% of your grade is still ahead of you. I have given you a play-by-play so that you can forget about the ups and downs and get to work on what really matters - Your Final Exams! This is a short episode with no guest but we will still release an interview later in the week. If you liked this plan, we also have an Exam Attack Plan for FREE at the link below. Click Here To get Your Free Exam Attack Plan! As always, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss our tutoring packages. Thanks for listening!
30 minutes | Mar 10, 2017
Ep 19 - John Wyma (USF Law) on Laughing at Duty
Hello Everybody, This week's guest is John Wyma from KneeDeepinDuty.com. John is at the tail end of his first year of law school and has a great blog that ranges from out of context quotes he hears in the classroom, awkward interactions with attorneys from USF Law's rivals, to how he pulled himself out the first-year funk. We talk about why he went to law school, how he works full-time while getting his JD, and how his ability to laugh at the ridiculous statements in the classroom keeps him engaged. You can find John on Twitter @KneeDeepinDuty, and his blog at KneeDeepinDuty.com. If you like the show, please hop over to Itunes and give us a rating and a review! Thank you all so much for all of the support over the past few months. We're seeing a HUGE growth in listeners and blog readers, and we really appreciate it! As a token of our appreciation, we have put together a free exam attack plan ebook for subscribers to our email list. If you'd like to take a look at what our law school exam experts tell their students about getting through an exam, you can go to http://law-schooloutlines.com/examattackebook/ I guarantee that this simple plan will help you stay calm and get back on track if you lose your composure during an exam. See you next week!
66 minutes | Mar 3, 2017
Ep. 18 - Law School Skills Instructor Karen Wade Cavanagh
Hello Everybody, Karen Cavanagh has an amazing story. She went law school like the rest of us, and had a highly successful career as a litigator, amongst many other things. Karen had the type of career we all dream of. Then, while on a company retreat in Mexico, she suffered a traumatic brain injury (actually, two traumatic brain injuries) while racing a boogie board against a colleague. You can't make this stuff up. Although she wouldn't realize it for years, her injuries left her with diminished cognitive abilities that significantly affected her memory. She had a long road to recovery that took her all over the world which was chronicled in Belief, Oprah Winfrey's Documentary Series. Her recovery eventually led her back to Boston University School of Law where she earned her LLM in IP Law, and where she now teaches a law school skills course for ESL students seeking their LLM in American Law, and which will eventually sit for the New York Bar Exam. There's no need for me to bolster her credibility because her experience and accomplishments speak for themselves. Needless to say, she has an amazing story that's best told by her. But she does more than just tell her story. She gives us some great tips on how law students can improve by looking at the big picture using a method she calls Be a Bird. Another great strategy she teaches is what she calls Speak Week. You'll have to tune in to hear her talk about how to do it, and how it will benefit your classroom experience. You can reach Karen Cavanagh at Karen@lawschoogle.com. Be on the lookout for her book, Law Schoogle, coming soon! If you like what Karen has to say about Being a Bird, and you need a place to learn the legal rules, you can always get free access to our bite -sized courses for Formation of Contracts, as well as our Evidence - Relevance at: http://law-schooloutlines.com/lawschooloutlinesacademy
25 minutes | Feb 23, 2017
Ep. 17 - Nikki Boyd from BrazenandBrunette.com
Hello Everybody, My guest this week is Nikki Boyd. She is a second semester 2L at Texas Tech University School of Law. She writes about her law school experiences at brazenandbrunette.com. Nikki and I talk about her LSAT experience, the law school admission process, the pros and cons of transferring to a different law school, and the anxiety caused by law school grades. There's a ton of great information in the interview, but I think the most important thing students can learn from Nikki is how to maintain a positive attitude about grades. Look, your grades are not always going to be great. You will win some, and you will lose some. Nikki's approach is to focus less on the actual grade and more on the effort. If she comes out of an exam knowing she gave it everything she had, the grade is secondary. She did everything she could to succeed. The grading is out of her hands. It's a great philosophy, and I hope you all can start to figure out how to make it work for you. Make sure to go over to law-schooloutlines.com/weeklycasebriefs to get access to our new service! We will email you 20 case briefs per week for only $10 per month. But act fast because e are only taking the first 100 students that signup! After that, the price will be $10 per week! Get in now and stop falling behind!
24 minutes | Feb 14, 2017
Ep. 16 - Marissa Jamieson
Hello Everybody, This week we're back with a first-year student! I initially started this podcast to connect with and help 1Ls, so I'm always happy to get one on the show. I initially made contact with Marissa because I knew that she was a student and a parent, and I've been wanting to talk to someone about the challenges of wearing those two hats. Marissa had great things to say about that, but she also gets into her journey to law school, her job as a probation officer, being a non-traditional student, her success in law school, her struggles to stay motivated, and more! She had great things to say and I think a lot of listeners will be inspired by her story and motivated to get organized and get ahead! You can find Marissa on Twitter at@marissamacabre. If you're interested in getting a free bite-sized course for Formation of Contracts and Evidence - Relevance, as well as downloadable black letter rules handouts, go over to bestlawoutlines.com/freestuff and sign up for our weekly newsletter! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on Itunes, and if you like it, rate it and give it a review! See you Next week!
19 minutes | Feb 3, 2017
Ep. 15 - Heather Donkers on Advocacy and Avoiding Distraction
Hello Everybody, I am very happy to announce our first international podcast guest! Heather Donkers is a second-semester 1L at Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada and has some great things to say about her motivations for going to law school, advocacy and avoiding distraction. I plan was to talk with Heather about how she maintains focus in the seemingly endless media circus that has reached its peak here in the last week, but our conversation veered into her thoughts on the importance of advocacy as well as her personal journey. It was a great conversation and Heather opened up in a way that I know will be helpful and inspirational for a lot of listeners. Make sure to check out the student blogs from previous guests Sarah Presas and Jimmy Harris over at Law-SchoolOutlines.com, as well as my latest blog. Also, make sure to sign up to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and get a free trial look at all of bite-sized outlines. No credit card, no hassle. Over 30 courses for whatever issue you're struggling with. Stop the struggle and get ahead now! Sign up at BestLawOutlines.com/freetrial
3 minutes | Jan 25, 2017
Ep. 14 - Student Blog Edition
Hello Everybody, Sorry, no guest this week. I'm sick, and my throat just can't handle the talking. But I forced myself out of bed to do a quick recording because we are running an exciting new program for student bloggers. I was inspired by a few things that Megan Boyd talked about in our interview last week. Hearing Megan talk about her blogging journey and how it opened doors for her really touched a nerve with me and ultimately inspired me to open up the blog at law-schooloutlines.com to several student bloggers. We already have two students that were previously on the show, Jimmy Harris and Sarah Presas working on their first student blogs and I couldn't be more excited. I really want to provide a space for law students to discuss their issues, give advice, journal, or just plain vent their frustrations. If you're interested in writing something and want to reach a wider audience than you might by just releasing it yourself, we'd love to give you a platform to publish and help promote it. Shoot me an email at email@example.com and let me know if you're interested. I will not tell you what to write about, but I'd be more than happy to throw out suggestions if you want to write, but you're just drawing a blank. As usual, we are still running our 7-day free trial over at the website. Sign up below, get your password immediately, and check out the tons of material we have that is guaranteed to give you a better understanding of the material. First Name: Last Name: Email:
35 minutes | Jan 19, 2017
Ep. 13 - Megan Boyd - Instructor of LRW at Georgia State University School of Law
Hello Everybody, On this week’s episode, you’ll hear a discussion I had with Megan Boyd, an attorney and Instructor of Legal Research and Writing at Georgia State University School of Law. Megan’s story of how she got into teaching is really interesting. In our discussion, she covers everything about her transition from legal practice to teaching, how blogging created unforeseen professional opportunities and also gives tons of practical tips and tricks that students can apply to their legal research and writing. Get out your notebooks because she provides quite a roadmap that will benefit every aspiring attorney. Something Megan touched on that was also a topic of last week’s show was how students could have successful meetings and discussions with their professors. LRW is one of those courses where, no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t avoid spending a good amount of face-to-face time with your instructor. Your LRW courses are going to be smaller and more intimate than your other courses. One reason for this is because LRW is insanely work intensive, hands-on, and important to your overall success in law school. Your LRW professors know this, so I hope hearing Megan talk about her dedication to her students’ success relieves a bit of anxiety and helps you get into the office to start asking the important questions. Whether you think you’re a talented writer or not, law school will force you to confront your weaknesses as a writer, which will improve your writing. I talk and write a lot about how success law students must adapt. Learning how to write like a lawyer is an area where students struggle to adapt. You can find Megan Boyd on Twitter @LadyLegalWriter and her blog at ladylegalwriter.blogspot.com. Enjoy!
25 minutes | Jan 13, 2017
Ep. 12 - Sarah Presas on How She Uses Office Hours to Her Advantage
Hello Everybody, This week I had a great conversation with Sarah Presas, a 2L from South Texas College of Law. We talked about a lot of stuff, but when I asked Sarah about her preferences for commercial supplements, she told me she likes to talk to her professors and ask about their influences. I'm not sure if Sarah went into office hours with a tactical plan on how to get an advantage over her classmates, but that's exactly what she came out with! Let's face it - Professors can be scary and office hours can put a spotlight on a student that they might not be interested in. This creates a huge problem for a lot of students. On top of that, tons of professors and administrators push students away from commercial supplements, so going to office hours and asking, "Hey, Prof, which canned briefs are best for getting an A in your course?" is probably not a smart way of approaching office hours. But having a conversation focused on the Professor's experiences and influences? That's a smart way to get to know your professors on a human level and find out which supplements will work best for that class. This is such a great idea, and I hope all of you drop by your professors' offices to simply ask whether they have had any influences that have shaped their methodologies or ideologies. We also talked about how Socratic anxiety can prevent students from using office hours, and how, like most students, Sarah deals with and overcomes the anxiety. Sarah had some great insights on law school, exam prep, anxiety, and the list goes on. Also, don't forget to go to bestlawoutlines.com/freetrial to get free trial access to all of our multi-media, bite-sized courses. Right now we have video, audio, and handouts for everything you need to know in Civ Pro, Torts, Contracts, and Property. We're still in the beta phase right now, so we're accepting 50 more trial members before we shut down the free access, so act quickly before it's too late! See you guys next week!
9 minutes | Jan 6, 2017
Ep. 11 - A Big Tip for Getting Ahead
Hello Everybody, This week I'm talking about how having a kid during law school actually helped me discover a way to study less, become more effective, and get better grades. When I started developing my new study methods, I didn't expect them to do anything other than decrease the amount of time I spent reading cases. Like a lot of law students, I was reading the same cases over and over before I could get the full understanding of what I was reading and why I was reading it. I talk about the full method in the podcast, but here are the basic steps. 1. Look at the week's reading assignments. 2. Open up my casebook to the Table of Contents and find the section that contains the week's readings. 3. Determine what the purpose of that line of cases by the headings and subheadings listed in the Table of Contents. 4. BEFORE reading the cases, take a quick look at the black letter laws concerning the issues under that topic. 5. Then read the cases once! Okay, on the surface that might seem like it will take a long time. It will take you all of about 10 minutes to do the first 4 steps. Of course, reading and (book) briefing the cases will take you the longest. Spending that extra ten minutes when you get your week's reading assignments will save you time, increase your understanding of the material, and get you more focused on your exams from the beginning. That's enough selling of the method. If you want to get a No Hassle, No Credit Free Trial to all of our Video, Audio, and downloadable Handouts for Civ Pro, Torts, Contracts, and Property click the link below! Click Here for a Free Trial! See you next week!
7 minutes | Jan 2, 2017
Ep. 10 - A Guide for 1Ls with a Spring Start (And Students Who Struggle)
Hello Everybody, It's easy to forget that there are a lot of students around the country that are about to start their law school careers as Spring Start students. It's really hard to find good advice on how you should handle your first semester of law school, so I threw together a few tips that you must follow in order to have success. Also, Law School Outlines is proud to announce that we have completed our Civil Procedure bite-sized course overview. And this time we have videos, audio and downloadable PDFs! The full multi-media package. Check out a free no hassle, no credit card Free Trial! Click Here for Your Free Trial or go to law-schooloutlines.com/freetrial You will get access to all of our Torts, Civ Pro, Contracts and Property Courses for Free! Good luck and enjoy your break!
23 minutes | Dec 15, 2016
Ep. 9 - Jimmy Harris on Successfully Completing his 1L Year
Hello Everybody, On this week's episode of Law School Outlines Podcast, I have a great chat with Jimmy Harris of South Texas College of Law. Jimmy is wise beyond his (law school) years and gives some great advice on how to transition after your first semester by taking stock of what worked and what didn't. Like virtually every law student in the country, Jimmy's heard every myth about law school success. One particular myth he doesn't subscribe to is the study group legend. He hits the nail on the head talking about trying to work with others when you have a learning style that's better suited for individual study. Students are drilled with this from day one, and it causes a lot of them struggle. For the students that learn better in solitude, it's like putting a square peg in a round hole. It never quite fits, and they waste valuable time trying to conform to the advice when they could have been killing it on their own. Jimmy also talks about his flash card method and how he makes it work without wasting a bunch of time at the end of the semester. Be sure to check out our Free Formation of Contracts Outline by clicking the link below. Click Here for a Free Bite-Sized Formation of Contracts Outline I hope you all did great on your exams and make sure to Law School Outlines on Twitter @bestlawoutlines for daily tips and tricks! See you next week!
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