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While it is basically accepted that Valentine's Day is one of those 'Hallmark holidays' that became sensationalized in order to sell greeting cards; that is simply no justification for not showing your loved ones that you care.
Regardless of what the anti-Valentine's Day conspiracy theorists would have you believe, if there's a law student in your life, whether friend, family, spouse, or S.O., getting them a little something for the occasion is a great way to show them you care. If you're shopping for a lawyer, check out our past list. If it's a law student that needs to be shown some love, below you'll find three simple, easy ideas. Protip: If you didn't send anything yet, don't worry, you can send it late and it'll still be appreciated.
Cards and Chocolates and Flowers
For friends and family, a little token to celebrate Valentine's Day can be a nice and welcome reminder for a law student that the world outside law school not only still exists, but actually cares about them. Law school can be an intimidating, lonely, unfriendly, and a downright depressing, place. Learning about disputes, conflicts, and contentious resolutions all day for three years tends to change the way law students view the world. A simple card or some chocolates can remind them that love still exists, and prevent them from becoming jaded (at least for as long as you keep sending cards and chocolates and flowers).
In the same way that a card and/or chocolates and flowers brighten someone's day, a care package can brighten a person's whole week or more, depending on how much care is in there. Usually, the best care packages include healthy snacks that both keep and travel well, some small memento(s) or a few photos or a throw blanket or something silly, some unhealthy snacks, anything else you think might come in handy, and don't forget a note of encouragement and care.
A Planned Night Out That's Cancellable
If you live with your law student, avoid a surprise night out, even for Valentine's Day. Unless you know that your S.O. thrives on surprises, law students tend to want their lives planned out and are notoriously flakey due to burn out. It's hard work, and some nights, a law student isn't going to want to go anywhere. If you really want to treat your law student to a special night, make reservations that you can cancel without any penalty, and make sure they know well in advance that the option to stay in and have dinner delivered instead is theirs to make.