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Briefcase for law school

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

  1. UncleCozy

    UncleCozy Senior member

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    Thanks for bringing me down guys, it is very loud and not really fit for a law student. If that colour combination was available I would probably buy it now for display purposes until I start practicing though.

    I currently own a Swedish Jobs Handprint, 50/50 cotton/linen bag. Plus a black briefcase for whenever there's a need of being formal.
    http://www.jobshandtryck.se/webshop...d=190&osCsid=d18ebd0115ff0c3e975556938e154c91

    It did the job for me earlier but with a laptop and books, things are bound to get heavy as you all say. I'll opt for the messenger bag in either leather or canvas, I'll update the thread when I purchase something.

    Thanks again! :fonz:
     
  2. Newcomer

    Newcomer Senior member

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    As a law student, I would strongly urge you not to purchase that briefcase. I would suggest a North Face Backpack, as it will be less crippling with the absurd amount of book that you will carry on a daily basis.

    I would also suggest avoiding a messenger bag. If you can fit several "tomes" in your messenger back, be my guest... But chances are it just isn't going to work out for you. My 1L year I had three classes back to back, and each required at least 2-3 books. In addition to a full backpack, I carried a stack of books in my arms. I eschewed my messenger bag in the first week of class.
     
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  3. Jakezero

    Jakezero Senior member

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    I'd say that you've come to a very reasonable conclusion, I'd just like to give you some advice as a fellow Swedish student:


    • If you decide to go with a messenger, get one with a strap that'll be comfortable even if you carry 10 kilograms of study material. I would also look past the beauty of leather, because you'll find your bag heavy enough as it is without the added bulk of leather.
    • There is no guarantee that there'll be lockers available at your school. Look this up beforehand if you haven't already done so.
    • If you really love this bag, then try to put aside a bit each month towards buying it. I'll finish my term this Saturday, and without pinching my pennies I've been able to put aside well over two grand. Even if you only put away 50 or so bucks a month you'll have it within the year (If you ignore the WONDERFUL import duties we've got here :sarcasm: ).

    Also, out of pure interest, where will you be studying? I've only got first and second hand experience of law school at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Lund, but most schools here in Sweden are pretty decent.They are free, at the very least :nodding:.
     
  4. UncleCozy

    UncleCozy Senior member

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    The university I'm going to uses PBL paired with seminars, I'll talk to some older students to get a grip on how many books (aside from the big Swedish Law) I will roughly need for each day.
     
  5. Patrick R

    Patrick R Senior member

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    A refreshingly pragmatic conclusion! Keep an open mind like this and you will make an excellent attorney.
     
  6. UncleCozy

    UncleCozy Senior member

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    I never really used my locker during high-school, I always took my books home so that I wouldn't forget anything in school that. I loved it when I first saw the listing back when it was on sale, still love it today.

    I'll be studying at Uppsala Universty, just 10 metric miles from my home town, the distance also means that most of my friends study there as well. UU also have Houses which sports very reasonably priced beer and whisky :cheers: My first intention was to study dental medicine at the University of Gothenburg, but I changed my mind and went the path of law instead.
     
  7. lbtemple

    lbtemple Active Member

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    Get a fancy briefcase when you graduate, until then get a backpack that works with a student's lifestyle and wardrobe.
     
  8. WorkingOnIt

    WorkingOnIt Senior member

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    You will need a backpack or a large messenger bag. A bag the size of a normal size Timbuk2 is the smallest I would consider. If you have back to back classes, you will easily find yourself carrying 3+ large books, supplements, laptop, possibly a lunch, and water.

    I doubt you'll use that bag. It won't carry enough for school. You won't bring it to an interview. It will look ostentatious during the summer. Save the money for bar review (the bar kind, not the state kind).

    P.S. I hope Swedish schools have bar review equivalents. To clarify, it is basically drinking sponsored by the school.
     
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  9. mandom

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    As previously stated by other posters, life is short buy it! But don't expect it to be fully usable in law school, you still need to buy a backpack.

    Let it be a reminder to you, or an inspiration piece "not to drop out of law school." You'll be like Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon after burning his boats, no retreat no surrender.

    The bag will have that perfect patina by the time you get admitted to the bar.:teach:
     
  10. akatsuki

    akatsuki Senior member

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    Minor recommendation - take your law books and have them rebound into smaller books that follow the courseplan. Makes it a lot easier to deal with.

    Although honestly I never brought my casebooks to class.
     
  11. bucksfan

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    Don't get a really nice bag for lawschool. Get something with lots of space, a comfortable shoulder strap and a handle. You will likely be dragging 2-3 books and a laptop home at night with you to get ready for the next day's classes, and you need a convenient way to carry all that.

    The bag you showed is really made for courtroom work - i.e. lots of paper, but not necessarily books.
     
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    viator Senior member

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    Just get one of these.

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    You're going to look like a gunner.
     
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    Congratulations on making it to Uppsala University! I'm studying law there right now and I can say that there is not alot of law students using either a briefcase or a backpack. Actually, like 8/10 including me are using a nylon messenger bag which we get for free from a Swedish business law firm on the annual employment market exhibition. It's not the most beautiful thing but it does its job. It's big and pretty sturdy and you dont have to worry about loosing it or damaging it. Like already mentioned, you'll be carrying alot of bags so make sure you get a bag with lots of space. WIth a briefcase like that you'll definately stand out, get a more sober briefcase with a shoulderstrap in that case. But I vote for a messenger bag in canvas or leather. Me myself is thinking about upgrading my cheap-ass nylon bag to a filson canvas messenger bag.
     
  16. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    I think one of the issues here, which applies to my own advice, is that books for law school in common law countries are huge and heavy. Like dictionaries. Not necessarily the case elsewhere.

    That said , if the daily load in your school bag is anything over 6 kilos then you want a backpack. Trust me. Siatica hurts.
     
  17. dm2703

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    Hello

    At my law school i tend to see these:

    1) free law school backpack given out at orientation
    2) filson canvas bags, or similar like Ernest Alexander
    3) rugged leather messengers, like saddleback leather
    4) Timbuk2, manhattan portage, Chrome messenger bags.
    5) Northface backpacks
    6) other
     

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