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Between the late nights, early mornings, and endless study sessions, law students are absolutely deserving of every gift, no matter how big or small. You can purchase an expensive gadget, products to help them win in the courtroom, or a monthly subscription, which is the gift that keeps on giving.
Here, the best gifts for law students.
reMarkable 2 Paper Tablet
There are probably copious notes your student has to take. Some people prefer pen to paper, while others keep it digital. reMarkable basically combines both of those worlds. The tablet makes it easy to take notes using the stylus and then stores them in the cloud. Handwritten notes can also easily be turned into text. This is a fun, high-tech way to keep important notes organized and it's even possible to take notes directly on a PDF.
UGG Ansley Slippers
A good robe or slippers probably won't be appreciated by most young people or undergrads, but a hardworking (and studying) law student will count their lucky stars for a snug pair of the Ugg Ansley's. The moccasin-style slippers are lined with wool (great for regulating temperature) and just feel like walking on clouds. The base has a sturdy, rubber sole providing great support and it's even suitable for a quick run to the mailbox or to get caffeine.
CartoonPortrait Lawyer Custom Portrait
A personalized gift will always have sentimental value for the recipient. And this custom portrait is no different. But this isn’t your typical portrait. It’s a portrait of your law student as a cartoon character. You’re sure to be the only person gifting them something so unique and fun. Just submit a photo and you’ll receive a digital file. From there, you can create a poster, add it to a t-shirt, or whatever you can think of.
Mark & Graham Harvey Leather Briefcase
Carrying around loads of books, notes, and a laptop can be a serious juggling act. Instead of a backpack, gift them a stylish briefcase. The pebbled leather exterior is classic and sturdy enough to be a mainstay for years to come. The interior is fully lined and includes a 13-inch padded sleeve to safely protect a laptop or other electronics. The gold hardware adds even more style points, while still maintaining a timeless feel. Add a special touch by choosing to monogram the outside.
Society6 Notorious RBG Art Print
Only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, there’s a chance a law student has a love or general appreciation for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s also a bit of a cultural icon. This “Notorious” poster features RBG with a gold crown on her head and is the perfect finishing touch for a gallery wall. Available in a variety of sizes, from 8 x 10 to 28 x 34 inches, every order is custom made.
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
There’s nothing like fresh-brewed coffee in the morning. And at noon. And at 9 p.m. And at 3 a.m. This french press has a 4-cup carafe size, meaning your overworked student can finish the pot while it’s still fresh and hot without having to dump out any coffee that’s gone cold. Both the glass carafe and the stainless steel frame are dishwasher safe, so cleaning this coffee maker is a breeze. And if your law student feels like switching up their steaming cup, it makes tea, too.
Bokksu Classic Bokksu Seasons of Japan Box
Everyone loves a good snack and if your student loves trying something new or has a love of travel, then Bokksu is the answer. The perfectly wrapped box includes more than 20 Japanese snacks and even a few tea options. They range from sweet to savory and the included book details each snack's origins, flavor palate, and any possible allergens.
Best Choice Products Shiatsu Foot Massager
The stress of studying is enough to make anyone need weekly massages. That might not be too realistic for a student's schedule or budget, so this foot massager is the next best thing. And this is a pretty high-tech option. It has rolling and kneading functions which can easily be controlled via the touchscreen or the remote. The anti-slip bottom keeps the machine firmly in place and measuring 22 x 12 x 10 inches, the massager can be stored away in a closet or under the bed when not in use.
WaryaTshirts Law School Sweater
Libraries are cold, so why not gift your student with a sweatshirt. But a fun sweatshirt that will make them and others smile. Available in three colors, black, white, and charcoal gray, the slightly oversized crewneck style works for men and women and ranges from sizes S to XL.
Aura Carver Digital Photo Frame
This isn't your typical picture frame, but a special one for someone who may be so wrapped up in studying and needs a visual reminder of home and family. The 10.1-inch frame connects via wifi and Bluetooth to upload an array of pics. Using the Aura app, family and friends can upload and send photos directly to the picture frame. The high resolution is crisp-clear and there's even an auto feature that dims the display, which is great for bedtime.
NEST Fragrances Bamboo Classic Candle
It can be easy for your student to get caught up in work, but a candle like Nest is sure to help them unwind at home. The brand is known for their luxe candles and this one is no different. With notes of bamboo, citrus, and white florals, your hardworking student will love striking a match to this wick and setting the vibe. Also, with a 50-60 hour burn time, this will last for quite some time.
LeafLife Premium Bamboo Thermos with Tea Infuser & Strainer
Coffee is probably king for many sleep deprived law students, but a great herbal tea deserves some love as well. LeafLife’s bamboo tumbler keeps drinks hot for 12 hours or cold 24 hours. The included infuser and strainer makes it easy to add loose leaf tea or even fruit to create a tasty beverage. The exterior is made of 100 percent bamboo and each tumbler has a unique grain, so no two are the same.
Skybound Superfight 500 Card Core Deck
Lawyers need to have great debate skills—and this game tests players’ arguing abilities to the max. Players combine cards to create outlandish characters with different powers and weaknesses. Then, they argue over whose character would win in a fight. Everyone votes and the person with the most votes takes the point (so the power of persuasion is key here). Who do you think will win in this fight: Chuck Norris wearing a tin foil hat who can control the weather or Willy Wonka who knows kung fu but is wearing beer goggles?
What to Look for in a Gift for a Law Student
Make sure that a gift you choose for your law student is smart—as in, it fills a purpose or can challenge them intellectually. Smart gifts might include tech accessories that will make life simpler, or challenges that will keep them on their toes mentally and keep their debate skills sharp.
Choose a gift that's stylish enough for the courtroom, boardroom, or office suite. Lawyers are often expected to look the part, and gifts or accessories that complete the ensemble will be much appreciated by a law student. Classic shapes and fine materials, like leather and marble, make the grade.
Even a hardworking lawyer-in-training needs to take a break for fun every so often and there is no shortage of gifts and games that are designed to make law students smile. Send your law student a fun five-minute mental diversion with a gift that is entertaining or humorous.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. She extensively researched fun gifts and useful products law students can enjoy while working or relaxing.