Post # 1
My younger sister is graduating from law school this May and I want to get her something awesome. I am willing to spend up to $200. Problem is, I have no idea what to get her. For her college graduation I got her a nice set of pearls. Any ideas?? I saw this framed copy of the U.S. constitution online but I don’t know if that would be lame.
Post # 3
Steer clear of anything law-related- she’ll get a ton of that kind of stuff and eventually you run out of places to put it. A really nice gift would be to have her diploma framed real nice for her- that gets very expensive but it’s nice to have, but that’s as close as I’d get to anything law-related.
Not for graduation (for the love of all that is good don’t do this for graduation, she will not want the reminder), but once she starts studying for the bar, a good gift would be a bar exam preparedness kit. Snacks, Red Bull or coffee or whatever energy drink she prefers, good pens (several), good mechanical pencils (#2), maybe a couple relaxing cd mixes, some comfy study clothes (bonus points for a snuggie), a bottle of whatever alcohol she prefers (for study breaks), a good book or two, and if you can afford it and she doesn’t already have it, a small iPod for recording lectures. My friends also each had “socks of knowledge,” which were these hideous rainbow toe socks that they wore while studying and then during the actual exam. It was a funny little pick-me-up. Tell her to pass on the socks of knowledge after she passes the bar to someone in the next class down if she knows anyone (after washing them, of course).
Post # 4
That’s really sweet that you want to do something for her, by the way!
Those are both great ideas – I wish someone had framed my law school diploma for me! If you are looking for something lasting, I would go that route. I graduated in 2009 and mostly I got money and my Grandmother got me a really nice pen. (And my diploma is still rolled up in the tube)
I like the idea of the bar exam preparedness kit. I would suggest maybe get her something along those lines, or a nice spa package. The bar was rough, and it helped a lot to have time to relax. Maybe you could even go with her 🙂
Oh – I actually got tickets to a Cubs game for the day after the bar exam from one of my uncles as a gift, and that was awesome – something to enjoy after two days of hell.
Post # 5
Thanks so much for the responses! I love the idea of a spa-day for graduation (maybe to prepare for studying…) and then a study kit is a great idea! Framing the diploma is a great idea too, I would just have to check if my parents are planning on doing that for her or not.
Post # 6
If you frame her diploma, check to make sure the frame matches the undergrad frame as best as it can. My parents paid for my frames as graduation presents (I did a joint degree), but I confess they’ve mostly sat in the closet.
Has she signed up for a bar review class? Maybe you & your parents could chip in together to pay for the review of the multi-state question one (lots cheaper than the essay one). There’s a lot of post law school expenses unfortunately – review classes ($500 & $4000 is my vague recollection, my law firm paid for mine), bar fees, even costs of getting degree to bar people, etc.
Post # 7
Still in law school here…but planning something for here that is nice and relaxing post bar (like a spa day, or whatever she enjoys doing) would probably rock. But make sure you do it like a few days after the bar not right after. You have no idea how that beast is going to make her feel, she might just want to lounge about the house in pajamas and sleep till noon at least the day after.
I’d stay away from a bar prep class because she probably has a plan about which one she is getting and might already have purchased it….this is one thing having doubles of isn’t good.
Post # 8
I graduated in 05. My dad got me a laptop, a basic dell and not too expensive , but soo useful in bar studying and for long after that. My mom and sister got me a diamond, half carat total weight RHR. I loved both. One was practical and one was fun. Each was about $500. The laptop just recently died after 6 faithful years and the ring Is a keepsake forever. I agree with getting nothing law related but either something useful for the grueling bar studying months ahead or something pretty and fun. She will need it! Also, my at the time gave me a small coach baG.
Framing is nice too, but I personally liked non school related gifts the best. Good luck, and congrats to her!