Gifts for new graduate students starting law school

Law school will work you like a dog.

Law school will work you like a dog.

Congratulations, your son/ daughter/ friend/ significant other has been admitted to law school.  They’re on the path to joining one of the world’s most prestigious professions. But first, they’re going to have to get through three grueling years of hard work!

How about a nice gift to help them on their way? For the next three years, no hobbies or interests are going to be as important to them as just getting through law school, so anything you can do to help them with that objective is sure to be appreciated!

Looking back, there are definitely a few things I wish I’d had before entering the Law School gauntlet, so without further adieu here are…

Great Gifts for Those Starting Law School:

  • macbookA MacBook Pro
    The first thing they’re going to need is a really good, comfortable, likable computer. Like all students, law students spend a LOT of time on the computer… It’s their communication hub, research gateway, and entertainment center. Having a great laptop can really make law school much more pleasant– and make you a lot more successful at the same time. The best news? Amazon currently has them on sale!
  • OneLLet Scott Turow Show Them What They’re In For
    The night before his first exam at Harvard Law School, Scott Turow was so riddled with anxiety he tried every trick in the book to calm himself down: a glass of Whisky, sleeping pills, sex with his wife (twice) — yet nothing was a match for the terror of law school exams. Only someone who has been there can truly understand Law School, and Turow manages to explore the ins and outs of a law student’s life in a way that is equal parts enlightening and entertaining. No law student should be without this book!
  • Black's Law DictionaryBlack’s Law Dictionary
    One of the first things they’ll need to buy is a good legal dictionary, and in this market there is really only one player: Black’s is the best of the best. Trust me, buy this for them and they’ll be thinking of you often.
  • acing-law-schoolBook: Acing Your First Year of Law School
    Author Shana Noyes subtitles this book “The Ten Steps to Success You Won’t Learn in Class“, and it’s a good thing these secrets aren’t revealed in class, because knowing them can put you at a huge advantage to your fellow students. Warning: this is not your typical “Study Skills” book. It isn’t for everyone, but for the few who are serious about making Law Review, this may be just your ticket.

So, that’s my list: what about you, lawyer friends? What do you wish you’d had at the beginning of law school?

Hi, I'm Emily! I'm new to blogging so please feel free to leave helpful comments, suggestions, etc. As you may have guessed, I am a survivor of law school and the big law world, and started this blog to help bring a little love to all those friends who are still enduring that difficult route!

One response to “Gifts for new graduate students starting law school”

  1. JC

    Thank you so much for this blog! My boyfriend and i are both in the legal field, and while im going to stay in sf because i love the firm im with (im a paralegal), he is moving away to start his first year in law school. Ive been struggling with the perfect gift to get him to show that im supportive, and your blog really helped!

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Your Gift Guru ;-)Hi, I'm Emily! Friends have always told me that I give great gifts, so one day I decided to see if I could put that creativity to work helping out other people. This blog combines the two things I know best: my personal interest in gift-giving, and my professional interest in the legal world (as a lawyer and recent law school graduate). I appreciate your comments and feedback!

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