Law student Thanksgiving ideas

Thanksgiving Ideas for Law Students

GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way,
2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

The beginning of the holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is only a week away. Do you have plans? What are some Thanksgiving ideas for law students? While 1L’s are encouraged to spend Thanksgiving outlining, creating stacks of flashcards, and pre-reading for courses in an effort to get ahead of the exam craze, there seems to be less pressure on us 2L’s! But wait … if you’re not locked away in the library studying then how should you spend your glorious long weekend?

Head on Home

Thanksgiving Ideas for Law Students

If you live nearby, or if you can score a good flight or train ticket deal, you can almost guarantee that your family and friends will be happy to have you home for a few days (they’ll probably even cook for you as well). Plus, what’s better than catching up on sleep in your own bed while your mom (or dad) cooks dinner?


If home’s too far away, or if you’re planning to spend three of your four days studying, you can still take a break to gather with a group of your local friends! Of course, you can simply make reservations at a local restaurant, but why not make it more festive and do a potluck at home instead!

Road Trip

Are you tired of seeing the same streets and buildings every single day? Gather some friends, rent a car, and embark on a road trip. The best part is you can make it as lengthy or short as you’d like!

Shopping on a Discount

If your school is located near an outlet mall, or really any shopping district, try taking advantage of some of the Thanksgiving sales to buy yourself some new fall wardrobe essentials, or to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

School Dinners

Often times universities or individual social groups will host Thanksgiving dinners for students “stuck” on campus. This is a great way to get to know some new people while enjoying a nice homecooked meal at the same time!

Work it Like a 1L

Of course, just because you’re a 2L doesn’t mean you’re banned from the library during long weekends. If you felt Thanksgiving break was useful study prep time for you as a 1L, it will likely be just as useful now – but do try to fit a little turkey (or your vegetarian/vegan substitute) in there somewhere.

Hopefully, you’ve discovered some useful Thanksgiving ideas for law students with my above list. If you have other ideas, please share them with me on Twitter or Instagram: @The2Llife.

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