I’m very very particular about my law school supplies. Blame it on my type A personality but, I want my notes, planners, (and life in general) to be as organized as possible. In order for that to happen I have to have the right tools. I tried a lot of different combinations of law school supplies over the last 3 years. While some products I never bought again and others I’ve bought multiple times each semester. In no particular order, here are the 5 law school supplies I can’t live without.
I’ll start of with my favorite notebooks. I’ve been rocking with the Miquelrius notebooks since I found them in the campus bookstore sometime during my undergraduate days. The pages are clean, thick, separated by color and tear out easily. Miquelrius notebooks come in a variety of size and subject number options. I buy a 6 Subject Notebook for taking notes in class and a 1 Subject Pad to keep all my to do lists in one place.
I’ll admit the Miquelrius line are a little pricey for notebooks but the sturdy plastic (or cardboard if you prefer) covers mean your notebook last all year. I always buy a few of these before the semester begins because they’re usually sold out on my campus book store.
This is my second year in a row buying a Gallery Leather Planner and I honesty think they have a customer for life. The best thing about this planner is the leather cover. I take my planner everywhere; and it switches between my work bag, book bag, and purse frequently. In the past I’ve had planners with cardboard covers and they get destroyed after a semester (I’m looking at you Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer). The Gallery Leather cover keeps my planner and it’s pages looking just as new as the day I got it. I also really like the fact that this planner comes in several colors.
I always buy the Family Planner, because it lays out your day by hour from 6 am to 6 pm. But gallery leather has several other formats to choose from. They have more traditional planner layouts and I’ve even seen ones that list your day in half an hour increments!
Trust me when I say these pens are good. My first week of law school I literally bought 10 different types of pens. (I know, I know, I have a problem.) These Staedtler pens were the last ones standing and one of my favorite law school supplies.
What I love most about the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner is the fine point. The .3 mm tip allows me to keep my writing small and neat. I also really love the triangle barrel because, it makes writing really comfortable. One of the coolest things about the Staedtler Fineliner is the wide range of colors. Staedtler makes fineliners in 4, 6, 10, 20 and 36 (!!!) pen packs so you can find a Fineliner in every color under the sun.
An alternative to the Fineliner is Staedtler’s new line of Triplus Roller pens. Although nothing can replace my beloved Fineliners, these pens are a close second. The Staedtler rollers have a .4 mm, metal tip which may make them a better choice for people who don’t like a super fine tip. The Staedtler Rollers currently only come in 10 colors, I’m sure this line will be expanded over time.
I cannot live without highlighters. In law school you spend so much time reading (yes, even as a 3L) it’s important to have some way to make import sections easy to find. I’ve tried many many highlighters and these Zebra Midliners are my favorite. I like the double tip ends because I can use one end to highlight and the other to underline. I also love the wide range of colors. My only complaint with these highlighters is that they run out pretty quickly. Because of all the highlighting I do in law school, I usually have to replace my highlighters every semester.
I carried a bookbag 1L and 2L year but 3L year I decided I was done with book bags for good. I’m currently using a Dooney and Bourke tote to carry around my essential law school supplies. There are so many great totes out there that are sturdy enough to hold everything you need for law school. I’ve heard amazing things about the Kate Spade Molly and the Dagne Dover Classic Tote. I’ve been dreaming about a Neverfull Louis Vuitton tote for years, figures crossed next year is the year I get one!
There you have it! The 5 law school supplies I can’t live without. Every one of these products are products I intend to keep buying after I graduate and begin my career as a full time attorney. For all my fellow students or working women, what are the supplies you can’t live without?
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