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Bags for Law School

Bags for Law School | CorporetteI got an e-mail a while ago from reader A, on the hunt for stylish bags for law school. She notes that “I consider myself too old (too fabulous?) for a backpack (I’m 28) so I’m looking for a bag for law school that is stylish, comfortable, and suitable for a laptop. I am just wondering if there is anything more creative out there than the black padded messenger bag…”

2016 Update: We’ve updated links within this post. Also check out our advice for what to wear to law school, as well as how to build your working wardrobe for your summer internship.

Amelia – Ah, law school! I remember it well. Before we get to the best bags for law school, a few other words of advice for gear to stock up on:

  • a cute laptop sleeve
  • a large nylon bag — you want something durable as well as lightweight, because your law school books will definitely be heavy enough by themselves. We’ve suggested a few for you below, but in general we’d suggest looking at diaper bags and beach bags as your main campus bag. If you have back problems, you may want to look into a rolling backpack, as most of the ergonomic bags are a bit too small for law school textbooks. (Another option is to to not buy the books at all and just read the cases from Westlaw or Lexis, which would allow you to carry only the 100 or so pages being discussed in class that day, or even just store the cases electronically on your computer.)
  • A cute mini-bag (either a cosmetics case or a pencil case) to keep cords from getting tangled in your bag
  • Something to control the cords when you’re plugged in — most law school classrooms and libraries are wired so you only need about 10″ of cord, not 2′. You can keep them neat (and distinct) with velcro ties, available at hardware stores like Lowe’s for a few bucks.

Here are my suggestions for bags:

The two bags I remember seeing around law school a lot are ones that are hard to find online: the largest Longchamp bag (either Le Pliage or Planetes (often available online only in the medium, not the large size) or Herve Chapelier bags (now only on eBay!). Note that the Longchamp store in NYC has a wider variety of bags and colors (such as black leather on black nylon); I’ve also been told that black on black combo is available in Canada.) These bags are great but there isn’t much about them in the way of interior organization — but then, that’s mostly fine if you’re just going to class all day.

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Otherwise, there are lots of great bags out there that are not backpacks or messengers. We’ve admired the brand Timbuk2 for a few years, also — they’re durable and practical but cute, as well; the large size of this Classic Cargo (pictured below) is 16.5″ w x 12.2″ h x 8.5″ d, yet is only 2.25 lbs (and $90). Timbuk2 will also let you make your own bag.

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LeSportsac also has a nice variety of bags with durable yet lightweight nylon. Most are available in solid black as well as the crazy colors (but come on, how happy would you be going to class every day with this bag?). The new Erika bag (below) is 15″x 19″x 5″ and $56.

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Land’s End also has a variety of bags that are pretty good as totes — for example, this Business Tote is 15″x 12.5″x 5.5″ deep and already has a padded interior to carry a laptop. Available at Land’s End for $59.50.

stylish bags for law school

Also, we must recommend one book, at least. The summer before we went to law school, we read Planet Law School II: What You Need to Know (Before You Go), But Didn’t Know to Ask… and No One Else Will Tell You, Second Edition (well, the edition that existed then), as well as any books recommended by that book. Some of it is blowing 1L year out of proportion, some of it is great preparation.

Ladies, which were your favorite bags for law school? Which bag did you carry, and which did you see around campus the most? 

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report – Agnona Cotton Twinset

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Well, well, looky here. The twinset that we oohed and aahed over back in The Hunt is on sale at Vivre, marked from $1,395 to $558. Beautiful! Agnona cotton twinset with linen trim

Weekly Roundup

Liking these posts? Follow Corporette on Twitter — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale.)

ECCO Women's Basel T-Strap Pump
– Over at AboveTheLaw they’re debating whether commuter shoes are okay. (We suggest using “placeholder” shoes — they’re not especially pretty to look at but they’ll definitely be comfortable to/from the office, are available in a variety of heel heights, and will be a dark leather so no one will really notice your shoes unless they’re studying your outfit.) ECCO Women’s Basel T-Strap Pump, available at Endless for 139.95

– If you have free time this weekend and live in New York, head to Barney’s to catch the final sales (in a controlled environment with readily accessible dressing rooms) before the warehouse sales begin on August 14. [Racked]

– How to talk the co op board into letting you buy, even if you only make six figures without your bonus. [Banker’s Ball]

– WSJ has some tips for getting the most from your Blackberry.

Poll Results – Hair! Hair! Long beautiful hair

long hair unprofessionalWow, overwhelming responses to our poll about whether it’s acceptable for businesswomen to have long hair. 80% of you said that long hair is absolutely acceptable — 35% said any length is fine, while 45% limited it to locks that stretched no further than mid-back. If you haven’t weighed in yet, you can do so here, or you can take this week’s poll on vacation planning.

Pictured: Long Hair Design, originally uploaded by asobitsuchiya.

New (to Us): Bird

Sure, Bird may be a likely suspect for various magazines’ round-up of New York’s greatest boutiques, but we’ve never been there. Blame it on the fact that we’re mostly Manhattan girls or just lazy shoppers, but either way — having looked through the site’s collection (which has some serious sales right now due to a moving sale), we’ll have to make a trek out sometime soon. The owner, Jennifer Mankins, got her start as an assistant buyer from Barneys New York; she also was head buyer for Steven Alan before she helped start women’s clothing label Charlotte Corday. She opened Bird in 1999, where she features “women’s apparel, shoes and accessories by up-and-coming designers from New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London, as well as Japan and Scandinavia.” In addition to the online shops, she currently has one shop in Park Slope and another in Cobble Hill; her largest store yet will be opening in Williamsburg sometime soon.

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Suit of the Week: Rebecca Taylor Tweed

We’re loving this gray tweed suit by Rebecca Taylor. Yes, some of her stuff can be a bit too precious at times, but we think this one is a feminine yet powerful suit. We love the cut of the jacket, the high three buttons, the puckering under the pockets, the fringe detail, and even the tonal flower detail (although we’d be surprised if that couldn’t be removed in case it wasn’t your cup of tea). The jacket is $390, and the pants are $275, both available from Neiman Marcus.

 

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