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Briefcase for law school

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by UncleCozy, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. UncleCozy

    UncleCozy Well-Known Member

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    Hiya!

    I'm attending law school (4.5 years) starting this january. It has dawned on me that I might need a proper briefcase for these years, and onwards if it's a quality purchase.

    I've unfortunately fallen in love in a litigators briefcase, as shown here
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    http://www.styleforum.net/t/227851/...y-litigators-briefcase-in-caramel-museum-calf

    Now, I'm no big timer. I work as a subsitute teacher earning 18$ an hour, netting about 1400$ each month (no rent or fuel costs as I live with my parents until january). During university studies we get a loan/support of 1250$ a month. Rent, food, books and neccesities brings that down to about 500$ to spend on leisures (clothes, shoes, fika, the mooshine).

    Am I stupid for wanting this at the start of law school? I have searched for the exact same colour combination but to no avail, I guess it was a one-off for the store he bought it from. Plus, shipping and taxes would bring the sum up from 500$ to 700$ at least.
     
  2. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Get a backpack or messenger bag.
     
  3. johnnyletrois

    johnnyletrois Well-Known Member

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    That would not at all be practical in a US law school. Get a Filson 257 if you want something nicer than a backpack.
     
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  4. CTGuy

    CTGuy Well-Known Member

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    You're not stupid, but this isn't going to do the job.

    For at least the first year or two you are going to be lugging around ungodly large books (imagine multiple hardcover encyclopedias) plus papers and laptop. Get something large and easy to carry. There is nothing wrong with a backpack and I saw plenty of people with rolling bags. The rolling bags look ridiculous, but I remember plenty of days where I wish I had one.

    I used a canvas landsend bag that belonged to my dad (who was an attorney who passed away while I was in college). I made a point of using it until I passed the bar. The bag was hammered by that point.
     
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  5. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

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    x2. Get something cheaper for school. You'll probably lose it anyway when you get drunk immediately after the bar exam and decide to take your briefcase with you and go spend a weekend in Atlantic City drinking far too much and doubling down three times in a row on one hand of blackjack and that goddamn dealer pops up 21 and smiles at you so you go on a tear and start throwing things out of a moving convertible in a combination of anger and frustration and relief.

    Or something like that.
     
  6. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Well-Known Member

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    Don't most law schools have lockers? I don't think you're going to be carrying around all your books for the day.
     
  7. sportin_life

    sportin_life Well-Known Member

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    I would start with a backpack unless you are interning. To be honest, I've purchased some very nice bags for my professional work recently but end up using my backpack more than anything else b/c it just holds more and is so much more convenient.
     
  8. tobiasj

    tobiasj Well-Known Member

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    OP, you may have an overly glamorous idea about what law school will be like. Get a backpack.
     
  9. nexus

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    Agreed. Get a sturdy backpack. You are going to want to emphasize comfort and convenience over style. If Swedish law school is anything like North American law school, you're going to alternate between late nights at the library and desperate two-day-long hangovers. If you're not comfortable, you're in for a long few years.
     
  10. CTGuy

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    I had a locker, but I still feel like I spent time carrying the books. I also would study in coffee shops and bring the books back and forth to school. At one point I just stored everything in my car.
     
  11. celeste_pista

    celeste_pista Well-Known Member

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    this will do the trick http://store.archivalclothing.com/products/archival-cotton-duck-rucksack

    or if you must get a briefcase...id go a filson or some other waxed cotton bag that you can beat on.

    when you graduate you can buy an ostentatious case like the link above, but by then you will have realized that something simpler in bridle leather will serve your needs better.
     
  12. Wrenkin

    Wrenkin Well-Known Member

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    That backpack looks so uncomfortable. When you're carrying a laptop and 4k pages you shouldn't care how it looks.
     
  13. tv2177

    tv2177 Well-Known Member

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    i am using my filson 257 now, and i still need a backpack sometimes, because my laptop takes up some spaces too. based on my own opinion, briefcase is really after law school. a sturdy backpack can help you very much. all those pages on one shoulder, hurts.
     
  14. sns23

    sns23 Well-Known Member

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    You need two things

    1. Backpack for books
    2. Messenger bag for laptop
     
  15. mlongano

    mlongano Well-Known Member

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    Go for the case you like...life is short!

    When you become an attorney the case will look like you have some experience!
     
  16. hookem12387

    hookem12387 Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for a plain 'ol backpack. Honestly, the kids walking around the law school with briefcases just look a bit off, JMO
     
  17. The_International

    The_International Well-Known Member

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    Life IS short, but you'll have plenty of opportunity to purchase a briefcase like this. A simple canvas (preferably in dark color to mask dirt and dust) backpack and laptop bag is all you really need as you travel through Law School. I did, however, purchase a very modest leather messenger bag before starting a Summer Associate gig last summer. I haven't used it during the semester, though.

    Best of luck with Law School! All the best to you!
     
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  18. Patrick R

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    Having been to law school and taught an uncountable number of law school classes, I can't imagine a student with that briefcase. It seems fantastical.

    That said, it is a stunning bag and it would look great when you are an attorney.
     
  19. nexus

    nexus Well-Known Member

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    This.

    If it is within your means now, then buy it. But recognize that it is an ostentatious briefcase and will stand out like a sore thumb. My experience with law school is that there are more than enough individuals there already with artificially inflated senses of self-worth. You don't want to be tagged as one of those if you can help it - and a $700+ will do just that.

    Check your ego at the door. Be modest. Dress well but not ostentatiously. Reward yourself on graduation with an excellent suit and one of the nicest briefcases I have ever seen, but remember that 1) being a lawyer is not necessarily the same thing as being wealthy and 2) many of the truths you learned in law school still hold true in the profession - recognize that it is not an especially well-dressed profession on the whole and that again, a flawless bespoke suit and attention-grabbing briefcase on a 25-30 year old can again be seen as a sign of an unsustainably large ego.
     
  20. Hayward

    Hayward Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for a back pack. How much do casebooks and hornbooks weigh now? Rule of broken back, if the load in your briefcase is too heavy to carry with your hand, then you need to dump the briefcase and get a backpack. Shoulder bags are not good for you.
     

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