Choose the Perfect Backpack & Bag for Law School (to Carry Casebooks and Laptops)

Choose the Perfect Backpack & Bag for Law School (to Carry Casebooks and Laptops)

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– Hey legal eagles. Law school starts in August,
so you know what that means. Time to get a new backpack! Every law student needs a
backpack, it’s unavoidable, but there are lots of options out there, and law school has a really
particular requirement for what makes for a good or bad backpack. So today we’re gonna discuss what I think the best options are for a backpack or bag in law school. By the end of this video, you’ll know exactly what
law school backpack to buy. So stick around. (bright music) Law school is probably
the last time in your life that a backpack is a
mandatory requirement. It’s also probably the last
time that wearing a backpack at all times is socially acceptable. I don’t really know why,
they’re really functional. So here are a few reasons
why you should get a good, sturdy backpack or
messenger bag in law school. Number one, you’re most
likely going to be carrying your casebooks to and from class. Even if you don’t use them in class, which most people don’t,
you might wanna read them in the library before or after
class for homework purposes. This is a casebook,
they are big and heavy, and they’re really bulky, so
you need a heavy-duty backpack that is capable of
carrying multiple casebooks without crushing your back. Now, number two, you’re gonna
be taking your laptop with you 24/7, laptops are for law
students what water is to a fish. You would die without
it, so you’re going to use your laptop to take notes in class, to write your outlines, and
most importantly when you go on social media when you
need a break from law school. Now, you won’t go anywhere
without your laptop, so your backpack needs
to have a dedicated space to hold and protect your laptop. Now number three, you’re
probably going to have all manner of electronic doodads like
chargers and mice and cords, and writing implements
like pens and pencils and highlighters, and additionally
you’re probably going to have a few snacks and caffeinated
liquids in your backpack. So you need to have a way to organize all of that stuff together. So without further ado, here
are my main requirements for a law school backpack or bag. Number one: it must be big,
it has to be big enough to carry at least two casebooks. Number two: it has to be
able to carry your laptop and protect it so you don’t destroy it. Number three: your backpack
must be durable so it holds up for at least one year and preferably, all three years in law school. So generally there are three
types of backpacks or bags that law students use in law school. Number one: there is the
regular old backpack. It’s got two straps, it’s
got a flap at the top. It might have some zippers,
but this is the backpack that you think of when
you think of a backpack. Number two is the messenger bag or something that looks
like a really big purse. These are the ones that generally
have one shoulder strap. You sling it over, and it’s
generally one big pocket with a flap over it and then
number three is the rollie bag. It’s sort of a hybrid between a backpack and the rolling suitcases
that you see at an airport. Those are the three
main types of backpacks that you see on a law school campus. Let’s talk about the
first category of options. This is the traditional backpack On law school campuses,
you’ll see a couple of brands more often than not. The first brand is Swiss Gear. Here are a couple examples
of a Swiss Gear backpack. They’ve got the red square with the white or silver plus sign in the middle of it, not unlike what you see
on a Swiss army knife. I had a Swiss Gear backpack throughout my enter career
in college in undergrad. I loved it, that thing was a tank, and it held up beautifully. These things are generally
cheap, they’re pretty durable. They’re not the most
fashion-forward option, but I can personally vouch
that my personal Swiss Gear backpack lasted for years,
possibly even though high school, now that I think about it. But for me, when I got to
law school, a chest strap that went across my chest was a must. I find that it does a
really good job of helping shoulder the burden,
take some of the weight off of my shoulders and
put it on to my chest. You’ll see these a lot
on hiking backpacks. So I upgraded to an OGIO backpack. This is my OGIO backpack,
this is an OGIO Gambit. It’s big enough to hold a 17-inch laptop. It’s got a separate pocket for a laptop. It’s got pockets all over the place. It easily holds multiple
electronic devices, and it seems to be as well built as the Swiss Gear option that
I had throughout undergrad. And most importantly,
it has a chest strap, so that it can help shoulder the weight of all the casebooks that I had. The OGIO is a little bit more expensive, but I found it to be
invaluable in law school and even after, I still have it. Another option is the Herschel backpack. These are very popular right now. They are the more fashionable of the traditional backpack options. This a Herschel backpack that
I borrowed from a friend. You can see it’s got a
traditional top flap. It’s got little leather
straps in the front, but it mainly consists of one large pocket with a laptop holder and then
a smaller pocket up front. So you are paying for some
of that fashionableness with less of the organizational features, but my friend bought one, it held up great until one of the front straps broke, but Herschel had a great
replacement policy, and they sent a new bag within a week, so I can say that the warranty is good, and the second one has
held up beautifully. By the way, you can find links to all of the backpacks and bags
that I’m discussing today down in the description below
that will take you directly to the Amazon link for the product. So finally in the traditional
backpack category, you have brands like REI and Burton. I’ve never earned one of those myself, but they are very popular on
law school campuses right now. And based on the reviews that I’ve read, they also sound like they
make really good options for law school backpacks as well. So I’ll leave some links to those particular backpacks
in the description below. Okay, so that takes me
to the second category of backpack or bag that
you see in law school, and that is the messenger bag. Some people just cannot bring themselves to use a traditional
backpack, frankly, I get it. Backpacks form is really
not as good as its function, and they are not the most
fashionable things to wear around. So for my friends that went
the non-backpack route, most of them went with a messenger bag, and particularly, a messenger bag from a company called Timbuk2. Here’s a couple of examples
of those messenger bags. I can tell you from personal experience that my friends who used
these messenger bags were able to use them for multiple years. They held up beautifully, and they fit a surprising
amount of weight. The only downside is that generally you’re using these as a
one-strap messenger bag, and so all of the weight of your casebooks is gonna be shouldered on one shoulder. So from what I saw, my friends
who had these messenger bags were very happy with them. They seem to be spacious enough
for casebooks and laptops, and most of them had
dedicated pockets for laptops, and they appeared to be very durable. And most importantly, these messenger bags were very, very high-quality polyester. Unfortunately, I can’t
recommend any messenger bag that’s made of leather or any
purse that’s made of leather. There’s no doubt that
leather messenger bags and attache cases and purses look amazing, but I have never seen a leather bag that was durable enough
to survive law school. So I can recommend the bags from Timbuk2, but I can’t recommend, unfortunately, any leather messenger bags. So that brings me to the third category of bags and backpacks, and that
is the infamous rollie bag. So, if the messenger bag is
the really fashionable option, the traditional backpack is
the sort of middle option, well, then, rollie bags are
gonna be on the other end of the spectrum and those are for people who just don’t care what they look like, and want the absolute
most comfortable option. That’s what rollie bags do. These are bags that are sort of a hybrid between rolling luggage
that you see at airports where you just kinda roll
it along on its wheels, but as sort of an afterthought,
they have some straps like a traditional backpack. Rollie bags are pervasive in law school, so don’t be afraid of looking like a dork if you decide to choose a rollie bag. There’s nothing wrong with it, no one’s gonna look down on you. People understand that
casebooks are really heavy, laptops are heavy, all of the junk that you’re gonna have in
your backpack is really heavy, so it’s perfectly acceptable
to use a rollie bag when you get to law school. There will be lots of people who likewise value function over form, and buy a rollie bag for their stuff. There’s sort of two options when you’re talking about rollie bags. First is what I would
say that most lawyers use when they actually go to court. These are generally referred
to as document bags. They have one large central area where you can hold reams
and reams of paper, or in the case of a law student, their casebooks and their laptop. It’s got lots of space but
there’s sort of no frills, and they are meant to get lots of paper from one area to the other. If you are dead set on saving money and want to buy the
thing that you’re going to use most likely in practice, the document bag like this
one is probably your best bet. That is what lawyers bring into court when they graduate from law school. Alternatively, you can get a
hybrid backpack with wheels. For example, this one from
High Sierra has wheels on the bottom but also straps
like a traditional backpack. This is probably what you’ll
see more of in law school. Something that is so sort
of like a real backpack, but has some wheels built
into it so that you can carry it like a backpack
when you’re walking over dirt or grass, but
you can use the wheels when you are walking over concrete. So those are the main
options when you’re talking about backpacks, bags, and rollie bags. There is no one right answer, you have to choose for yourself. You’ll see that law students are split roughly a third for each category. So whatever route you choose, there will be other students like you who made similar decisions, and frankly, you really can’t go
wrong, so get the backpack or bag that works for you so that’s one less thing
you have to worry about for when you start law school in the fall. For even more strategies and tactics on how to hit the ground running
when you get to law school, please download our free
Ultimate Pre-law Checklist. The link is below, it
will give you a headstart when you get to law school, and also please click on the
like and subscribe buttons. The more people subscribe,
the more videos we’ll make on how to crush law school. So did I miss a great backpack? What’s your favorite backpack? Let me know in the comments
below, and until next time at Legal Eagle, think like
a lawyer and ace the exam. Law school starts in August,
so you know what that means. A new backpack, I’m gonna try that again. (laughs) Alright. Ahhh, one more time. (speaking gibberish) Another option is a Herschel
backpack, these are a little.

83 thoughts on “Choose the Perfect Backpack & Bag for Law School (to Carry Casebooks and Laptops)

  • March Kasey Post author

    North face backbacks are also AMAZING. I've had mine for all of hs and undergrad and it's still going strong. Their pricy but so worth it.

  • Nika Podakar Post author

    Any good ali express links?

  • Christian Flores Post author

    Love the content!

  • campterr Post author

    Great tips James! I love Swiss Gear! Currently, I have a basic camping bag pack for light book carrying days and I have a rolly bag with bag pack straps by Samsonite.

  • Teresa J.S. Post author

    I just ordered the Burton Kilo. Form and function for a low price? Heck yes.

    (It has a sternum strap and separate laptop and tablet sleeves, FYI to everyone.)

    Honestly, I don’t know why I thought my teeny tiny Adidas backpack that I use for day hikes would be fine. (Well, if case books didn’t exist, it would be fine.)

  • Noa Broadway Brockett Post author

    North Face Jester
    Or
    Patagonia Chacabuco
    Are the best

  • Harshi Bhatnagar Post author

    Can you also do a video on the best kinds of laptops for law school?

  • theBasicswithBlaze Post author

    GoRuck!

  • LegalEagle Post author

    Hey Legal Eagles! Ask your law school questions in the comments!

  • Dani Gaming Post author

    Very useful , very interesting , very you.

  • Darren Lee Post author

    What an amazing channel!!

  • Angelo D'Ercole Post author

    Those bloopers in the end tho 😂😂😂

  • G Post author

    This is sooooooooo helpful! Thank you so much. I was thinking of getting two leather bags from Coach, but I’m thinking that the document bag would be best for me—especially since I’ll be walking to and from law school.

  • G Post author

    Also, I was thinking of getting a locker on campus. I believe they are $100 per semester or academic year. Do you recommend a locker?

  • Emily Odermatt Post author

    Are there Casebooks on electronic version?

  • Grace David B Post author

    I'll buy a small laptop

  • Tammi-ara K Post author

    I just bought a new backpack for uni before this came out and I’ve made an error! I got a great bag that opens fully and has pockets for everything as well as a dedicated laptop pocket, but it’s really not designed for books, more just for documents. Larger case Books are too wide for the pockets. Fits my binders and smaller books though. Need to go shopping again I guess

  • Elliott Clark Post author

    Is this in America or Britain

  • YoungNamath Post author

    I use a Nike basketball backpack, they're bigger have plenty of pockets, and the air max shoulder straps are amazing. I'm never going back to traditional straps. Love the videos cheers.

  • Pedro Alexandre Post author

    Thsnk you for this video

  • Don Cetrulo Post author

    Another factor is commuting by bike. In that case, a traditional backpack of real quality with weather proofing is a must. Sitka is hard to beat, though admittedly not at all stylish.

  • Pavel Adamek Post author

    This is really interesting. Where I come from (the Czech Republic), the huge and heavy books that you claim law students in the U.S. have to carry around during the day cannot be taken out from the library and, therefore, can only be read in study halls. And if students have copies of the most important books, like the criminal code with case law, or "introduction to Roman Law", they are much smaller and often paperback.

  • xieulong Post author

    Swiss Gear from Costco. Three years and counting.

  • Roberto VM Post author

    I live in and study law in Spain, where sidewalks are made from tiny, rectangular tiles, rather than big slabs of concrete. As a result, those rolling backpacks are incredibly uncomfortable to a self-conscious academic like myself. Try walking around making enough noise for everyone in a 200 meter radius to be able to hear. Oof…

  • WillN2Go1 Post author

    If you're small, or find the weight of the books difficult to manage, a rollie bag, or a waist band properly fitted will make the weight manageable. Consider getting an internal frame hiker backpack. They have them that are about the same size as the backpacks discussed here (these are actually day-bags, but try telling this to an 8th grader). If like the OGI backpack there isn't a waist band, you can buy one separately at REI and velcro attach it. Need it sewn? A custom leather worker can do this easily. The critical part of the belt is that it fits correctly on top of your hip bones, but to securely do this it has fit at your back. If you cinch it down tighter and tighter and it's still slipping? It's at the back. REI again is full of nice people who know how it should fit. Get some different color stuff sacks. Red is dongles and chargers, Green is snacks and meds, Baggies are okay, so long as there's only one of them. Get a bag with a light color on the inside, otherwise you will lose a lot of time not being able to find things. Already have a black interior? Get a can of white Krylon for plastic and spray the inside. It won't make it white, but it will lighten it up enough to make the bag work for you. If you have something black, like my SS coffee lid? Tie a bright ribbon to it.
    Rollies? The wheels always add about 5 pounds.
    If you're still not sure what to get. Get the $25-$30 backpack at Costco. Then start law school and look around, check out the bags of other people, maybe you want a $150 backpack. Maybe you keep the Costco bag, they hold up as well as any bag, including very expensive hiker kit. I once spent a lot of time and money getting a top backpack, it wasn't any better than the Costco, it did have more zippers, but they just made it harder to find things. Long distance hikers now mostly carry Z-Packs, and Hyperlite. These are essentially one big bag, two water bottle pockets on the outside, and a mesh pocket on the back. They carry their whole life for months. Lots of pockets and zippers are not your friend. One pocket for pens, highlighters and stuff, everything else in stuff sacks (I like the water proof ones that have the fold-tops, instead of the sweatpants gathered ones, you can see inside better.) ALL liquids outside in pockets. You may be the neatest most organized person on the planet, but if you have any water bottle or coffee mug that has anything but a screw top, it is going to leak. Not today, not tomorrow, maybe not next year. The week before the bar exam? It will leak. The highest rated ones that get the five stars? They're great until they destroy your laptop.
    The rollie document bag? I've seen a lot of these in downtown L.A. outside the court buildings. Not a few of them have stacks of expandable folders precariously bungee corded on top, they get stuck in the cracks. Instead get a folding hand truck–larger wheels. You can add a box or milk crate with the big stuff, and put your backpack on top. Bigger wheels are better everywhere. Link follows. You can pile up a couple of office boxes on them. Another tip is use good parachute line to tie the boxes. Bungee, aka shock cord is too long or too short, but one short one can tighten up the string. (Tie a 'handle' just above the bottom and some nice person can now help you carry it up the stairs)
    https://www.amazon.com/Seville-Classics-Folding-Truck-Capacity/dp/B004JOAP9O/ref=sr_1_6?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1533669680&sr=1-6&keywords=folding+hand+cart

  • Toby Taylor Post author

    Weird how lawyers didn't need laptops for generations and now they can't live without them…

  • no one Post author

    You've talked me out of law school. Thank you.

  • Jeremy Weberman Post author

    What do you think about transferring to a better law school after the first year? How dramatic is the difference between a top law school and a middle of the road one in terms of first job, starting salary, and if/how competence in a given area of the law can ever potentially offset theses differences? Thank you!

  • soonsims Post author

    Over the last 2 weeks this literally became my favorite channel and I'm not even in law school. Wish these videos were out there when I was a law student lol

  • Will Matherly Post author

    Could you do a video about, JAG, or have like a guest on the channel to talk about that?

  • James Thatcher Post author

    Might I recommend The Bag of Holding from Think Geek – while I'm not a law school student (maybe some day I can go back) – I use this exclusively for work where I transport various different legal texts (from the Code of Federal Regulations Title 19 to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, to Trade manuels and data information, etc.)… It's a great bag that is made of canvas so it's not cheap plastic and will not break on you – and it's got lots of sub pockets for all your legal text books – my only gripe is that after 2 years the magnetic snaps on the front flap broke off (but it's still totally useable)… you can find it at https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/aaa5/ –> I am not paid or sponsored by ThinkGeek – I just love their stuff…

  • Nocturne Post author

    Leather bags are just too heavy! I have a leather purse that I ADORE, but even I must admit that it can be quite heavy. And when you're carrying heavy things, you don't want a bag that's heavy too!

  • Crazy Snake Post author

    I have a B.S. degree in computer science. I was wondering what would be the best avenue to pursue a J.D degree.

  • hooper Post author

    I’ve watched a lot your videos and they are all very insightful. Thanks a lot, I look forward to what you have in the works.

  • reicirith Post author

    What the hell… why are casebooks not offered in digital form?
    Also, Samsonite backpacks… I had mine for over 10 years through high school and my entire post-secondary career. When it finally broke on a trip, I just sent it back to Samsonite, and they fixed it under warranty. I don't have any reason to use it anymore, but it's still kicking. On top of that, they are great for business trips. TSA friendly, packable, and has straps for it to slide through luggage handles. https://www.samsonite.ca/collections/classic-business-2/samsonite-classic-2-tsa-backpack/63642XXXX.html

  • Nicholas Picard Post author

    I got this one for school and I'm pretty happy with it!
    https://www.filson.com/rolltop-backpack.html

  • Rox X Post author

    You're videos make me feel more positive about law school for some reason. Maybe not this particular video, but all together I'm really looking forward to it! (Law Student UK)

  • CP44 Post author

    Objection: your contradiction : P
    Block quote from the comments at video urDWY5TXFa0 "6 Best Free Resources in Law School" [
    Oo Patterson
    5 months ago
    How about what type of bag or rolling tote to use as a lawyer?

    LegalEagle
    5 months ago
    I don't use rollie bags in court because I have self respect.
    ]

  • Daniel Horsman Post author

    Huh. I didn't realise backpacks were so important in law school. I also didn't realise backpacks were unfashionable. I think they're pretty cool. They're so useful.

  • ashtherion Post author

    As someone who has compulsively used messenger bags, I have to say that the standard backpack is pretty much definitively better in the long-term for your back. After about 8 years of wearing larger/more heavy duty messenger bags on the same shoulder, the cumulative weight of the bags exerted upon my shoulder eventually pushed part of my spinal column out of place and gave me scoliosis. Fortunately, it was relatively mild, so there was no permanent damage, but it still gave me fairly significant back pain for a few weeks (since the spinal column was compressing on the surrounding muscle), and I had to undergo physiotherapy to force the spinal column back into position.

    Nowadays, I take much more care to always use the strap diagonally to help distribute the weight of the bag across the body, as well as trying to keep the weight to a minimum, as carrying bags exceeding 10kg's starts to give me pain within a week. That being said, I still use messenger bags, as I still prefer their look and feel; it's just nice just being able to swing a shoulder forward and access the contents of the bag. However, I am a lot more careful with my usage of them nowadays, and I would recommend that any prospective law students do the same, lest you do any permanent damage to yourself.

  • にゃあエイリアンMeowAlien Post author

    Rolling bag is best bag

  • Bruce Alan Wilson Post author

    A suggestion for your series. Something about dual-degree programs. I've seen many law schools where one can get both a J.D. and a degree in another graduate/professional field. J.D./M.B.A. or M.P.A is common, as is J.D./M.L.S. I've also seen J.D./D.Psy., J.D./M.S.W., and even J.D. /M.Div. You might want to discuss these joint-programs—should you do one? What is the best combination? What sort of careers can particular combinations do for you?

  • Anna Konda Post author

    I am not even in what you know as law school but study German Tax Law as advanced training for my job, but this topic applies to us as well, since our law books are insanely heavy!
    I have been using what we call a "pilot suit case", that you can also roll on wheels, which was designed for business environments, pretty simular to your document bags. But even though it's high quality, the handles start falling apart from too much use and I hate using them on wet/dirty grounds and when I have to walk a lot of stairs.

  • Sammy Boas Post author

    I think it looks odd when wearing a (three piece) suit and using a rucksack, a bit childish in my opinion.

  • Jacqueline Moleski Post author

    Quick question – Do they no longer have waist straps on high-end college backpacks? You mentioned a chest strap and that is a good idea (save your shoulders and back!) but I remember in college I had a traditional backpack with a waist strap. It wasn't the most fashion forward thing to wear, but it transferred weight to your hips and waist instead of your shoulders – which really helped. (And yes, for short trips you could just have the bag on your shoulders.) Great vids by the way!

  • Finalcord Post author

    For really durable bags, 5.11 has a lot of good options if you want a bag that's just a complete tank. They're generally pretty spacious and have a lot of pockets, especially the backpacks, and they're built to last. I personally use one of their messenger bags, but they also have more standard backpacks, and chest-strap backpacks (one strap across the chest). They're also very easy to waterproof, if you want to really protect your stuff.

  • Zee Post author

    I have used the same backpack for 3 years and it is still in great shape. This thing has enough space and pockets. It's obvious that it's meant for other things but it works for me.

    ALL HAZARDS PRIME BACKPACK 29L

    https://gear.511tactical.com/tactical/Medical-Bags

  • simianinc Post author

    Timbuk2 make great backpacks too. My son destroyed two bags before I ponied up and got him the Timbuk Q Laptop Backpack. Been going 4 years and counting

  • Garyl Hester Post author

    For leather messenger bags, try camel leather. I've had mine for years and they're still going strong. https://farhorizontraders.com/collections/camel-leather

  • Sam Post author

    lol

  • mirasga Post author

    Used a messenger bag throughout law school! 😀 Started with a backpack for a couple of days, but its too dorky. 😀

  • Kerry O'Neill Post author

    OMG….I'd be such a Rollie bag person!!

  • chazz30000 Post author

    Wait… you can't get Casebooks in ebook form?

  • Kathryn Birmingham Post author

    Not going to law school.
    Not needing a new backpack.

    Still watching just in case.

  • Joel Gawne Post author

    OBJECTION! The best backpack for law school is objectively a Hello Kitty backpack! XD

  • The Talented Philosopher Post author

    What about briefcases?

  • NotTotallyHopeless Post author

    If you want a cute and durable leather purse or tote for law school go to Joy Susan. Their products are fake vegan leather, look and feel like real leather and yet are strong as shit. I don't work for them, I'm just a fan

  • garbage frijol Post author

    100th comment. Law school is terrifying.

  • David Lin Post author

    How about Cars for Law Students?

  • Fullmetal1890P Post author

    I had no idea there were so many things that went into a law school backpack…

  • Anon Ymous Post author

    You know whats a power move? MLP backpack.

  • mrarmaggedon31415926 Post author

    "red square with a white plus sign"? That's the weirdest description of the Swiss flag I've ever heard

  • Br3wZ_sh3 Post author

    I got a Herschel Harrison. Comes with organize pockets and section.

  • Amy Pattie Post author

    I study illustration why do I love watching you

  • David of the Meadow Post author

    YouTube keeps suggesting these videos to me, I keep watching them, I'm not even a subscriber or going to school especially not law school.

  • Jean Daniel Desrosiers Post author

    +1 for Ogio, I tried a lot of backpack and they are way ahead of the curve

  • Jeff Corsiglia Post author

    I guess it depends. I still have a leather pack made from WW2. Straps will never break! Old school is still the best school and they just don't make em' like they use to.

  • David Szczesniak Post author

    can't people move to a paperless option for casebooks? seems cruel to force students to carry around such a burden especially when hardly used

  • MtnNerd Post author

    I'm actually in trade school learning fashion design. But I have to bring all my sewing equipment every day plus my laptop and fabric. For this a rolling bag is best. They make really professional looking rolling briefcases. The one I use is actually designed to be a tool bag and is sold at Home Depot. I feel much less foolish than I would with an actual backpack

  • Quantris Post author

    Herschel…so hot right now

  • Dorissa Claire Post author

    I’ve been using a rolling backspace since 8th grade and I INSIST they ARE cool. They’re the coolest. (also my Vera Bradley rolling backpack has lasted YEARS and is incredibly fashionable 😂).

  • Laurynn Lindley Post author

    I use two bags i like to use interchangeably, depending what i feel like, I use a Fast Pack EDC by Triple Aught Design, its very rugged and durable and takes a lot of abuse, fits all the books i need and protects my laptop very well, and i have a few pouches attached to MOLLE webbing, and a removable waist belt that i love, it takes all the weight off my shoulders, and added bonus hydration bladder that i love using, not to mention the compliments i get on it around campus. and also have a Arcteryx LEAF Courier Bag, its a messenger style bag, fits everything i need, all my books and laptop, lot of room for 4 water bottles i drink from throughout the day, and I mean big bottles that's used for backpacking, 36 oz, from what I know, i don't think this bag is available for the general public

  • HARLEY D Post author

    I’m former Military and carried ALL my four case books, binders, paperback LAC, and computer in my old Army ruck sack, which is designed for a week of living in the field. I did it for exercise climbing stairs in the L. School between class, and got a lot of stares as well, from students wondering how/ why am I carrying all that. I’m 6’5”/240, so I may be more adept to this than say a smaller frame person, but worked for me!

  • Angelica Cushing Post author

    Backpack? I move my casebooks via Wheelbarrow.

  • kay-ash Post author

    rolly bag club what up

  • Tommy V Post author

    One video its use an ipad to replace your case books, now it's get a bag sturdy enough to carry your case books..Which is it, buddy?!

  • Odise Carr Post author

    Objection! Did you not say in another video, about hindsight being 20/20, that we could virtually replace our casebooks with the laptop; with cases being public domain and all, on sites like onecle.com etc?

  • oldarpanet Post author

    A question for the uber posh type law student(s): Are case books available on line or on DVD?

  • Justin Helms Post author

    I’m in the AVL industry and SwissGear works fantastically.

    My dad used his for several years for stuff like carrying guns to the range or going on day trips and that same bag has been used my me for about 6 months (including all of my books for school, laptop, and some simple tools).

    Not the same thing as Law School, but a lot of the basics (books and tech) work well for me.

  • Lindsey Franklin Post author

    All of this is from a mans perspective. A chest strap? Uh… no. Can we get a more inclusive vid next time?

  • Drexel Gregory Post author

    It’s a cross, not a plus sign

  • eric veneto Post author

    What are your thoughts on canvas messenger bags?

  • hi00118 Post author

    I have a Tumi messenger (not leather, polyester of some kind I think) bag that I’m hoping will carry through my 1L year, has a pretty good laptop pouch, decent size pouch for books and stuff. Haven’t tested it with my civil procedure and property casebooks though… thank god my Torts book is digital

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