Hey, I’ll be the first to admit it: us lawyer types can be a pretty ambitious bunch. Sometimes the thing that makes us the happiest is the sweet taste of success. So when you’re buying a gift for a lawyer or law student, you’ll do well to keep this perspective in mind.
That’s why I put my nose to the grindstone and came up with this list of gifts voted Most Likely to Succeed by their peers– because everybody loves a competitive edge, especially a lawyer!
Gifts to help them succeed
- Book: 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.
- Book: How Judges Think
Perhaps the one thing that’s most important for a new lawyer to understand is judges: how they think, why they make the decisions that they do, and how you can get them on your side. The Hon. Richard Posner practically serves it up on a platter for you in this brand new book guaranteed to give you a competitive edge.
- MacBook Pro
Like all students, law students spend a LOT of time on the computer… It’s their communication hub, their research gateway, even their 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 themon sale!
- Amazon Kindle Book Reader
Amazon’s new Kindle is the kind of innovation that makes you wonder how people ever got by without it. Imagine: instead of lugging around 40 pound backpacks with 10 different books, you can carry hundreds of books on the Kindle for the size and weight of a typical magazine. Instead of spending hours flipping through books page by page to find that great quote you remember reading, you can do a keyword search and instantly pull up all of the references. Instead of trudging back to the library or bookstore to buy yet another book you need to reference, you can instantly download it, any time of day or night. And when your eyes are so tired the text begins to blur, you can just sit back and let the Kindle read to you. Wow! Now this is what Law School should be like!
- Very Comfortable Reading Chair
What’s that you say, a CHAIR is going to help me succeed??! Believe me, when you’re on your 18th hour straight reading Fundamentals of Federal Securities Regulation, it takes all the willpower you can summon to keep your butt planted in a chair with a book open. But with the perfect cozy reading chair, curling up with a textbook and a blanket makes the hours oh so much more comfortable and enjoyable, I can’t even begin to describe it. Best money I’ve ever spent!
- Leather Legal Briefcase
For most the goal of law school is to get a high-powered legal job. There’s something about the glint of shiny leather by your side that exudes authority and says, “Now this is someone who has their act together!” — at least more so than that old Jansport backpack with the strap that’s about to fall off. So make the right impression and ace that interview!
- Book: Getting to Maybe
Negotiation and communication skills are central to success as a lawyer. But don’t expect your professors to understand that. Instead, pick up this classic book and take a shortcut to the head of the class — because even the best can use a little help from time to time…
What about you readers? Which item or items have done the most to enable your success?