Gifts for a New Lawyer


When someone graduates from law school or passes the bar, it is a momentous occasion. The three previous years of law school and months studying for the bar are some of the most demanding times these young lawyers have encountered. Reward them with a gift befitting a new lawyer. Go with something fun or something that focuses on an aspect of a lawyer's life.

A Sharp Suit

  • New lawyers are going from spending most of their time in jeans and T-shirts to needing to wear a suit every day. Nice, well-fitting suits can be expensive, so help him out with a new ensemble. Give him a gift certificate to a men's clothing store that sells good looking suits. For a woman, purchase a gift card to a women's clothing store where she can select a pantsuit or a skirt suit. If buying an entire suit is too expensive for you, consider purchasing a button-down shirt or a new tie.

The Perfect Portfolio

  • A classic leather portfolio or briefcase looks like success, and helps set the tone for the new lawyer's career. Set him off to his first day at the firm with the tools he'll need to get organized and settle in. A nice briefcase or portfolio offers a professional touch, much more fitting than a backpack or messenger bag that may have been around since law school.

Office Items

  • Most new lawyers will need to outfit their office. So get her a variety of items. Include a desk organizer where she can place various office supplies. Give her a nice pen with her initials engraved on it. That will look nice for her to take to meetings and into the courtroom. Consider a business card holder for her. Choose one in sterling silver and have her name or initials engraved on it. You could also purchase some decorations for her new office. Purchase a plant, or maybe a frame piece of art depicting a scene from her favorite city or a building at her college.

Time for Fun

  • Finishing law school, taking the bar and beginning a legal career can be a very stressful time. Help the new lawyer out by purchasing a gift that will help him have some fun. Buy him a gift certificate to his favorite local bar so he can go out with a group of friends and have some drinks. Consider a video game console for him to blow off some steam when he gets home in the evenings. You could also go with a gift card to a local spa so that she can get a massage, manicure, pedicure or facial for some relaxation.

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