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Law School Essentials

Postby Legallylawyer2020 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:36 pm

I'm starting law school in two weeks (T1 if it matters). I've heard some people advise law students to get a second monitor for their computers and have sepecific back pack suggestions. I just was wondering what you all think are the "must haves" for law school, in terms of supplies. I think it would be useful to compile people's suggestions into one convenient thread :).

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lebongenre
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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby lebongenre » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:04 pm

Good day planner (I highly recommend the Planner Pad)
Solid highlighters in multiple colors (I like the chunky Sharpie ones)
Good mechanical pencil if you want to write in your books (I like the Sakura SumoGrip)
Post-it flags (ideally the durable plasticky kind)
Dry erase board

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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby RaceJudicata » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:44 pm

If it was t14 I'd spring for the extra monitor. T1 school prob not worth it.

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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby mjb447 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:47 pm

RaceJudicata wrote:If it was t14 I'd spring for the extra monitor. T1 school prob not worth it.

I'd get one and aggressively bring it everywhere just to make my classmates wonder if they should do the same.

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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby UVA2B » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:49 pm

mjb447 wrote:
RaceJudicata wrote:If it was t14 I'd spring for the extra monitor. T1 school prob not worth it.

I'd get one and aggressively bring it everywhere just to make my classmates wonder if they should do the same.


No lie, friend used a second monitor when coming up on finals, like brought it to study rooms, etc. Killed it, and forever made me regret not carrying around a spare 13" to maximize my gunning.

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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby mjb447 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:53 pm

UVA2B wrote:
mjb447 wrote:
RaceJudicata wrote:If it was t14 I'd spring for the extra monitor. T1 school prob not worth it.

I'd get one and aggressively bring it everywhere just to make my classmates wonder if they should do the same.


No lie, friend used a second monitor when coming up on finals, like brought it to study rooms, etc. Killed it, and forever made me regret not carrying around a spare 13" to maximize my gunning.

Sounds like a great friend!

(Opting to pass on a " spare 13" " joke here.)

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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby UVA2B » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:54 pm

mjb447 wrote:
UVA2B wrote:
mjb447 wrote:
RaceJudicata wrote:If it was t14 I'd spring for the extra monitor. T1 school prob not worth it.

I'd get one and aggressively bring it everywhere just to make my classmates wonder if they should do the same.


No lie, friend used a second monitor when coming up on finals, like brought it to study rooms, etc. Killed it, and forever made me regret not carrying around a spare 13" to maximize my gunning.

Sounds like a great friend!

(Opting to pass on a " spare 13" " joke here.)


If I'm going to set something up on a tee for you, please smash a 300 yd drive with it. TYVM.

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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby TheSpanishMain » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:41 pm

Legallylawyer2020 wrote:I'm starting law school in two weeks (T1 if it matters). I've heard some people advise law students to get a second monitor for their computers and have sepecific back pack suggestions. I just was wondering what you all think are the "must haves" for law school, in terms of supplies. I think it would be useful to compile people's suggestions into one convenient thread :).


Whatever you're comfortable with. I know it helps you feel in control or whatever if you buy some specific combination of pens and backpacks, but really, the answer is whatever works for you.

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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby grixxlybear99 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:42 pm

Coffee, laptop, printer, lots of printer paper. Maybe highlighters

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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby Damage Over Time » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:47 pm

Comfortable/handy computer bag or backpack. You'll probably be lugging your computer around everywhere.


edit: a sweet water bottle can be pretty great too. I got a Hydro Flask for like $18 and it keeps cold cold and hot hot and is generally solid as a rock. Highly recommend.
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Re: Law School Essentials

Postby runinthefront » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:47 pm

I don't think there are really any "must-haves," aside from making sure you have a functioning laptop and making sure you have all your books on time. You want to start off on the right foot.

I bought a cheap second monitor after my 2L summer (~150 dollars) and wish I had it during 1L. It made it much easier to outline and multi-task. I also purchased a cheap (~10-15 dollars) book stand and used it all the time. I bought a coffee maker, too.

Those three items weren't "essential" by any means (in fact, all three items were purchased after 1L), but they proved very useful to me.

I think you should also get into the habit of using Google Calendars/Iphone calendars or some sort of day planner.




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