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Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:50 pm

Is it important to have one or do people get away with messenger bags?

Any recommendations if I wanted to buy someone a nice (under $1,500) bag that they could use after graduation as well ? Is a lock totally essential?

Do people actually have those old-school hard rectangular cases, or do most people use a flap type case like this?:
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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:51 pm

:shock:

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:51 pm

vanwinkle wrote::shock:


:?:

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby dakatz » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:53 pm

$1,500!!? You gone and made me spit Coke all over my computer screen. Wow, some people just exist in a different world than me.

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:58 pm

dakatz wrote:$1,500!!? You gone and made me spit Coke all over my computer screen. Wow, some people just exist in a different world than me.


I'd definitely prefer to keep it under $1,500!! It just seems like the going rate for something nice that will last is over $1K. I don't think I live in a different world (I qualify for Perkins loans!) but this would be a Big Deal gift.

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby dakatz » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:00 pm

Emma. wrote:
dakatz wrote:$1,500!!? You gone and made me spit Coke all over my computer screen. Wow, some people just exist in a different world than me.


I'd definitely prefer to keep it under $1,500!! It just seems like the going rate for something nice that will last is over $1K. I don't think I live in a different world (I qualify for Perkins loans!) but this would be a Big Deal gift.


I don't think its true that the going rate for a durable and stylish bag/briefcase is over 1000K. I've walked past the window of high-end luxury-type stores and seen bags and briefcases in the window that are around 400-600. So I think you are overstating it a bit.

To answer your question, I see most guys with bags sort of like the one you posted, not the old-school rectangle types. I know someone who got a super high end briefcase bag after graduation, and I believe this was the brand he got:

http://www.jwhulmeco.com/laptop-briefcases-s/158.htm

Very pricey stuff, but certainly not 1,000 and up.
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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:02 pm

dakatz wrote:
Emma. wrote:
dakatz wrote:$1,500!!? You gone and made me spit Coke all over my computer screen. Wow, some people just exist in a different world than me.


I'd definitely prefer to keep it under $1,500!! It just seems like the going rate for something nice that will last is over $1K. I don't think I live in a different world (I qualify for Perkins loans!) but this would be a Big Deal gift.


I don't think its true that the going rate for a durable and stylish bag/briefcase is over 1000K. I've walked past the window of high-end luxury-type stores and seen bags and briefcases in the window that are around 400-600. So I think you are overstating it a bit.


Alright then... Hook me up with some advice!

Edit: Thanks! So a lock isn't essential then?

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Kohinoor » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:08 pm

This is why people don't pay for first years.

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:10 pm

Kohinoor wrote:This is why people don't pay for first years.


Whaaaa?

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Veyron » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:12 pm

Wow, some people just exist in a different world than me.


I get the feeling that OP doesn't have much experience with money, hence the question.

Edit: Show up to your SA, discretely take a look at what the associates have. Purchase accordingly, making sure to keep your bag near the lowest end of the range. Its not like you are going to have to carry a ton of briefs on your first day.
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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:13 pm

Veyron wrote:
Wow, some people just exist in a different world than me.


I get the feeling that OP doesn't have much experience with money, hence the question.


You might be surprised. :wink:

Definitely not much experience with briefcases though!

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Veyron » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:15 pm

Emma. wrote:
Veyron wrote:
Wow, some people just exist in a different world than me.


I get the feeling that OP doesn't have much experience with money, hence the question.


You might be surprised. :wink:

Definitely not much experience with briefcases though!


I qualify for Perkins loans


You've been scamming the federal government?

Anyway, for an answer to your question, see above.

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:18 pm

Veyron wrote:
You've been scamming the federal government?

Anyway, for an answer to your question, see above.


Definitely no scamming. I'm not even sure how you could scam the loans besides outright lying on FAFSA?

That doesn't really answer my question. I don't need a briefcase, and I'm not working in an SA position this summer. Case would be for a gift.

Edit: I guess you could interpret "You might be surprised" and then the Perkins loan thing as me claiming to be both wealthy and poor, so I guess I get the question about scamming. I just meant I've been out of school for a while, supported myself financially with no help from family since I was 18, etc. Definitely not wealthy, but I know the value of a dollar or whatever.
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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby DoubleChecks » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:19 pm

piggybacking a bit, for SA then, is it okay to just have a professional-looking messenger bag? the whole briefcase convo has made me a bit unsure

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Veyron » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:20 pm

Emma. wrote:
Veyron wrote:
You've been scamming the federal government?

Anyway, for an answer to your question, see above.


Definitely no scamming. I'm not even sure how you could scam the loans besides outright lying on FAFSA?

That doesn't really answer my question. I don't need a briefcase, and I'm not working in an SA position this summer.
Case would be for a gift.


:shock: What can I do to get a $1,500 gift?!

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:24 pm

Veyron wrote:
:shock: What can I do to get a $1,500 gift?!


:mrgreen:

I actually think being broke for almost all of my life has made me more inclined to generosity when I do have some cash.

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:26 pm

DoubleChecks wrote:piggybacking a bit, for SA then, is it okay to just have a professional-looking messenger bag? the whole briefcase convo has made me a bit unsure


Veyron's advice about showing up and checking out what other people have is probably pretty sound in your case?

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Veyron » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:26 pm

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Objection » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:32 pm

Wtf do you need a briefcase for?

You'll just out yourself as a tool.

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:38 pm

Objection wrote:Wtf do you need a briefcase for?

You'll just out yourself as a tool.


RC fail?

Briefcase isn't necessary for associates? I personally don't think backpacks or even most messenger bags really work for guys wearing suits.

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Objection » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:41 pm

Emma. wrote:
Objection wrote:Wtf do you need a briefcase for?

You'll just out yourself as a tool.


RC fail?

Briefcase isn't necessary for associates? I personally don't think backpacks or even most messenger bags really work for guys wearing suits.


The same goes for messenger bags and backpacks. As a summer, it's just not that serious.

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Noval » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:42 pm

Bro, just because you hit BigLaw doesn't mean you have to pay 1500$ for useless garbage that costs 5$ to create in China.
Try to keep costs as low as possible AND be stylish as well, remember that you got debts to pay back.

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Emma. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:51 pm

Objection wrote:The same goes for messenger bags and backpacks. As a summer, it's just not that serious.



Noval wrote:Bro, just because you hit BigLaw doesn't mean you have to pay 1500$ for useless garbage that costs 5$ to create in China.
Try to keep costs as low as possible AND be stylish as well, remember that you got debts to pay back.


:sigh:

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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby 03121202698008 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:52 pm

Emma. wrote:Is it important to have one or do people get away with messenger bags?

Any recommendations if I wanted to buy someone a nice (under $1,500) bag that they could use after graduation as well ? Is a lock totally essential?

Do people actually have those old-school hard rectangular cases, or do most people use a flap type case like this?:
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Dude, I got a briefcase for <$200 at the BB Outlet that looks nearly identical to this one.
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Re: Briefcase for SA/Biglaw?

Postby Cupidity » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:54 pm

So the backpack is out?




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