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10 Things Lawyers, Law Students Can Do on a Snow Day

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By Mark Wilson, Esq. on January 27, 2015 8:11 AM

Well, it's "Snowmageddon" on the East Coast as a nor'easter batters much of the region with high winds and heavy snowfall. Though blizzard warnings have now been lifted for New York and New Jersey, according to CNN, many schools and offices throughout New England are closed.

For many people, it's looking more and more like a "snow day." What are you expected to do on this rare occasion, a "day off"? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Your Job.

Ha! A day off?! That's rich! As long as you still have electricity in your apartment, you'll be expected to work from home. Those 2,000 hours a year aren't going to bill themselves, you know.

2. Some Reading.

Even if the power does go out, the world of books is powered by your imagination, which will keep going until your food runs out (it might even get stronger as you start to hallucinate from hunger). If you can't think of something to read, might we suggest our recent list of books for lawyers?

3. A "Law & Order" Marathon.

It's probably a federal law at this point that "Law & Order" has to be on constantly somewhere in the country. Just flip through the channels and you'll find it. If USA Network is smart, they'll program a special day-long marathon just for people stuck at home.

4. House Cleaning.

It's not quite spring, but that doesn't mean you can't audit your clothes and make a donation pile for T-shirts you haven't worn in 10 years. And when was the last time you cleaned the bathroom, hmm?

5. Your Taxes.

Wouldn't you know that you'd be stuck indoors right about the time your W-2s are arriving? Rather than wait until the last minute, why not try to knock out your taxes on a day when you really have no excuses. Seriously: You're not going anywhere. This is a primo opportunity.

6. Study.

If you're a law student, then odds are that school is closed, too. Of course, that means only that there's more time to study! February bar takers, as well, can get a few more flash cards in.

7. Board Games.

Monopoly is old and busted. What's the new hotness? German board games. Rather than focus on eliminating players -- because once you're bankrupt, you're not having fun anymore -- German-style board games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride let everyone have fun for the entire game. Call all your friends in walking distance and have them come over. (Bring wine.)

8. Cooking.

Grab your chili fix'ns and fire up the Crock Pot: You're cooking today! Assuming you have all the ingredients (because you can't exactly run out to the store) and you have power, make all your lunches for the week in one day.

9. Exercise.

Instead of sitting on your duff, pump yourself up with some yoga, or pilates (whatever that is), or some easy exercise like sit-ups (which you can do while you're watching "Law & Order").

10. Look for a New Job.

Contract doc review is great, but ... wait a second, no it isn't. You've been putting off looking for that new legal job for far too long. On a day when you have nothing else to do, update your resume and start sending some emails.

What are you doing during #Snowmageddon2015? Let us know via Twitter (@FindLawLP) or Facebook (FindLaw for Legal Professionals).

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