If there’s a law student in your life or you’ve recently had one working at your firm, here are some gift ideas to encourage their future legal endeavours.
Getting into Law school is no easy thing, and while the ultimate goal and reward is getting a dream legal job on the other side of the degree, making your way through the degree can be a hard slog.
So, a little motivation along the way in the form of a well-timed gift might be the inspiration the law student in your life needs to keep their eye on the ultimate prize. Or, if you’ve had a law student interning with your firm, a gift is a great way of saying thanks for all the hard work and to encourage them in their future endeavours.
Here are five gifts you might want to consider.
1. Briefcase (bag) and a good pen
Ok, these both might seem a little old school, but a briefcase (or laptop bag) and a really good pen still form part of the lawyer’s tools-of-trade.
If you decide to go this way, try and get a briefcase or bag that can be used during law school but that might also be appropriate after graduation and for a first post-Law school job.
And when it comes to a pen, even though technology is changing the way we exchange documents, for the foreseeable future at least, lawyers are going to need to sign some kind of document or other, so buying a good pen that will stand the test of time won’t go astray.
2. Coffee machine
University is all about long days and nights, with many law students juggling studies, a part-time job and in the bits in between, a social life of sorts. To keep on top of all of this, there can be one simple answer: coffee, and plenty of it!
And no, we’re not talking about the instant stuff – we mean the full bean hit needed to keep the brain functioning at its peak during those long days that stretch into long nights.
The great thing is, there are so many coffee or pod machines to choose from, or you can go for a more traditional stovetop or filtered coffee maker, meaning there is some coffee making device available for any budget.
3. Lap desk
Being able to crank up the laptop and work from anywhere (on the couch with a favourite Netflix show muted being one of these possible locations…) is made much easier with the right accessories.
So, a lap desk is a great gift to give the law student in your life to ensure they have a more stable surface to rest on, along with their books or other devices as they study (or watch Netflix) their heart and brains out.
4. Meal kit plan
Meal kit plans have become a huge bonus for busy people in a time-poor world, as well as a great way to eat healthily rather than rely on takeout on those days when it’s a bridge too far to even contemplate preparing a meal.
And with such a huge variety of meal kit delivery options out there, you’re bound to find one that suits food preferences or dietary options or any law student you know.
5. Inspiration for the road ahead
Even with the tonne of reading law students must do to get through their degree, taking some time out for some personal reading makes a great break from pouring over heavy law tomes.
For some badass inspiration, maybe Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s biography (Notorious RGB) is the way to go? Or for something a little closer to home, Michael Kirby: Law, Love and Life tells the tale of one of Australia’s most respected High Court Justices.
Audiobooks might be a better option to give law students a rest from the books and yet still be able to draw inspiration from some of the finest legal minds.
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