Maybe, in the last month, you’ve asked the special law student in your life what they would like for the holidays. So, Student Lawyer thought we’d ask some of our students what they’d like in their stockings this year.
This was the overwhelming winner in our informal Facebook poll of Student Bar Association presidents and ABA student reps. Coffee is the fuel of law school. It keeps the mental motor running when time is running short. It keeps the eyes open during the driest of lessons on important, if not compelling, subjects.
Starbucks will always work, in terms of ubiquity. We’re going to guess other places of business, be it Dunkin Donuts or the local campus brew, will do the trick. And if a student’s preference is to make their own, there’s always the personal touch of a bag of beans of their preference. And you can keep the coffee flowing with a subscription to Trade coffee that brings ethically sourced java straight to their mailbox.
That other form of beverage was also well-represented, either as a generic catch-all or as wine or whiskey. There are also plenty of beer-of-the-month, wine-of-the-month, and spirit-of-the-month clubs out there. Just remember to drink – and give – responsibly.
Well, you can’t have your drink and drink it too without something classy for pouring. At sites such as Etsy, You can find coffee mugs, beer steins, shot glasses, coasters, and more with phrases such as:
- Trust Me I’m A Lawyer
- I’ve Got 99 Problems and Law School Is All of Them.
- I Can’t, I’m in Law School
- Lawyers have feelings too. Allegedly.
The best of the wine glasses is this one from Etsy, which lets you pick your volume of wine based on what kind of day you’ve had.
Law students do not live on coffee alone. Gift cards to their favorite restaurants, fast food joints, and grocery stores will keep them happily fed as they pursue their degree.
Also, consider a subscription to a meal-kit company like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, or Home Chef. Their items are fresh, the recipes are easy to follow, and they all allow for different subscription types based on dietary needs and needed frequency. If you want to send healthy snacks via subscription, check out Nature Box.
A Package of Study Aids
It’s never too early (or too late!) to start studying for the bar exam. To really help out your favorite law student, give them $25 to Go Premium in the Law Student Division. That gets them exclusive savings on bar review courses.
The $25 Premium membership also gets students:
- ABA Career Forward powered by Korn Ferry Advance®
- After the Bar digital publication
- ABA Bar Prep Bundle discounts from Quimbee, Themis, Kaplan, and JD Advising
- ABA Legal Ethics Bundle: Prepare for the MPRE Exam
- 90-day free trial of Quimbee Gold Plan, with up to 50 case briefs
- Free 1L one-sheets by JD Advising, with discounts on law school resources, including tutoring and MPRE courses
- West Academic Study Aids Collection 7-day Free Trial
- Access to leadership opportunities and national competitions
Highlighters, Post-Its, note cards, and writing utensils will never go out of style. You’ll even score Secret Santa bonus points for making them a color-coded rainbow to help keep things organized, topically.
Law student Ciara Perritano suggested combining several of our previous suggestions into one. “You could make a cute little basket,” she wrote. “Gift card to your nearest hipster coffee shop and some cute highlighters or pens and put it all in a fun coffee cup and wrap in cellophane!”
Dry erase boards, markers, and erasers and maybe an easel will also work, but unfortunately will not fit in a fun coffee cup.
Let’s clarify this a bit from the original suggestion – “gift certificate for a massage” is probably the way to go here. A massage is a great way to help law students de-stress, loosen up, and prepare for the next round of stress to come. “It’s phenomenal and highly needed,” wrote student Bibiana Potestad.
And the relaxation can go past the simple spa day, mani-pedi, or other pampering. There’s also certificates for yoga classes, meditation sessions, art classes, or other creative pursuits to keep the other side of your brain happy while you cram a semester’s worth of information into the other half.
There’s also weightlifting sessions, but if your student has taken their Constitutional Law book out recently, they’re probably good.
Is there anything more useful in crowded places, or quiet places such as libraries, than noise-cancelling headphones? Shutting out those extraneous noises can really help you focus as you listen to your notes, study materials, or work with an online bar prep course. It also helps for those times when those around you don’t have them, and all you can hear is the faint echo of the song they’re listening to or the muffled sound of someone talking on the phone or someone covering “Last Christmas” by Wham for the 84th time. It’s maddening!
Good headphones will never go out of style!
Some other suggestions
- Dry cleaning gift cards: You never want to be unprepared when a good opportunity comes around. Help them keep that best suit handy for when they really need it for networking events, OCI, or for being ready for those unexpected opportunities.
- Clothes: For the previous suggestion to be effective, they’ll need a wardrobe upgrade. Or you could go for something fun such as scales of justice socks or novelty lawyer pajamas.
- Suitcase: Many students are not attending law school where they will work. Others will be doing externships, internships, or maybe study abroad. A solid hard-shell carry-on is a great start.
- The Briefcase: A standard-issue part of the lawyer uniform. It can either be the old-faithful leather kind or a professional over-the-shoulder bag with plenty of room for files, maybe a laptop or tablet, and color-coded highlighters.
- Planners and calendars: The holidays are at the end of the year yet again, which makes these perfect for the following year! They also make you look smart and organized.
- Study guides: They’ll always be useful, though you might not know which ones to get. So think gift cards for Amazon or other booksellers.
- Gift cards: These will never go out of style. They can be used for academic purchases or for fun.
- Cash: It’s sometimes the best gift of all, even if it’s a little weird to ask for.
Things Santa’s elves don’t make
Debt relief: This is like the “asking for world peace” list item for law students. But we’re working on ways to address student debt, including advocating for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
And like your highlighters, we hope the holidays for all of our law students are merry and bright.