Do you remember when backpack shopping meant strolling through Target and tugging at your parent’s sleeves, begging for the Hello Kitty pack or the Power Rangers lunchbox?
It’s not nearly as fun or as simple when you’re calculating the weight of your law textbooks.
With hundreds and hundreds of options now at your fingertips, perusing Amazon is the new “tugging at your parent’s sleeves.”
Plus, with the affordability of Prime Now for college students, why not just order all your school supplies from Amazon?
We compared Amazon backpacks with a law student’s mindset to bring you this list of the top 15 backpacks for law school.
Inateck Business Travel Backpack
Want to look professional without sacrificing your arms due to a heavy textbook load?
The Inateck convertible easily becomes a briefcase-style duffel bag when you want it to. Use it for taking your books to classes, use it as an airplane carry-on, and when you’re ready – take it into the courtroom! As sleek as the pack is, it’s just as useful!
Holding up to 30 liters worth of textbooks and technologies, the pack has 18 usable pockets! For less than $10, you can even upgrade to a 17 inch (35 liter) sized pack.
This durable pack has a wide bottom that can really open up and provide great storage space.
The laptop sleeve keeps your valuables protected. The outside mesh pockets are a nice touch and a great way to keep your water bottles away from your expensive technology and the papers you worked on for weeks.
Note: the black color of this pack runs cheaper.
Carhartt Legacy Deluxe
An upgraded (and more expensive) version of its predecessor, the Carhartt Legacy Deluxe is for those who like the look and durability of the Carhartt pack but want something bigger.
The upgrade also includes more pockets and a zippered side pocket instead of the mesh water bottle pocket.
High Sierra Jarvis
High Sierra produces great multi-purpose backpacks in the middle price range, and this model, in particular, is great for law school.
The outer pocket has separate compartments for your pens, keys, phone, wallet, etc.
The mesh back panel and the padded grab handle will make carrying those heavy textbooks to and from the library a lot easier.
North Face Recon
You won’t have to worry about your North Face backpack snapping under the pressure and falling apart before you get that degree. Plus, it’s available in 45 different colors and styles.
The shoulder straps can make that weight more comfortable, and the tablet pouch makes it easy for you to sit in a coffee shop and pull out your device for a quick study session.
This backpack was really designed for travelers, as evidenced by the way it completely unfolds 90-180 degrees.
However, this little perk can benefit you just as well. Instead of digging around and trying to feel the bottom of your bag for your crumpled up sylybus, sit the bag on your desk and open it flat so you can see everything.
Plus, the inner pockets are quite sturdy, so once again, you can store items like your wallet, phone, and keys separately for maximum accessibility.
This stylish pack will surely fit into your price range. Its four separate zippered compartments will make it easy for you to pack everything you need for the day.
It comes in several sleek, professional colors like black, gray, a deep brown, a calm red, and a navy blue.
Even though it can hold all you need, the Matein Layered pack doesn’t look or feel bulky, offering a comfortable carrying experience.
Targus Drifter II
Though on the more expensive side, the reinforced handles on this backpack will last you through all three years (or four…or five, no judgment).
The back padding supplies extra comfort, and the thick bottom will protect it from when you begrudgingly drop it to the library floor.
The abundance of pockets makes it easy for you to separate your valuables or organize according to your class schedule.
This bag gives you a ton of organizable storage space at a very low cost. Save your cash for textbooks and buy this bag to put them in!
There’s also a USB port on the outside so you can charge your phone while you walk to class.
Plus, it’s water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about your belongings when you have to walk from class to class in the rain.
SwissGear 1900 ScanSmart
This backpack was designed specifically for TSA ease. When you open it up, it lays almost flat, making TSA’s job and your life easier.
Use the 1900 ScanSmart to keep your electronics and other valuables separate and safe from harm, and use the inner pockets to keep your textbooks and other personal items organized.
It’s also made of water-resistant polyester to help withstand heavy use and rough weather.
Tocode Charging Pack
Holding up to 35 L, this backpack is one of the biggest out there before you get into hiking territory. It can fit up to a 17-inch laptop PLUS your textbooks.
The charging port on the side is incredibly convenient for long days on campus, and the bag comes with a password lock for safekeeping. Though the description states that “long time soaking is NOT recommended,” the fabric is designed to be spill-resistant.
The adjustable shoulder straps provide comfort, and if anything goes wrong with the straps, don’t worry – there is a one-year warranty.
The Thule is a high-end backpack for good reason. The “crush-proof” compartment will ease your worries items getting crushed as you rush between classes, and the “safe zone” provides more than convenient storage for your wallet and keys.
There’s no doubt that the money you spend on this backpack will last for your entire law school career (and after).
Zebella Pu Crazy Horse Leather
A stylish option, the Zebella Pu bag can’t hold much but is cheap and looks professional and clean. It’s a great bag for when you don’t need anything other than a notebook, pens, and your wallet.
The “hidden” zippered pouch in the back is great for safely storing your wallet, keys, and cell phone away from everything else.
A smaller, more feminine pack, the Winblo 15 is simple, durable, and cheap. For $30 and Prime 2-day shipping, you can have this in one of ten colors.
The dual compartments make it easy to separate your laptop from your books or organize according to classes, and the side pockets are highly convenient for storing water bottles or any items you need to reach easily.
The Winblo 15 is ideal if you’re looking for something cute, cheap, and lightweight.
JanSport Right Pack
JanSport is a staple in the backpack industry for good reason. A JanSport bag is going to fall right down the middle economically.
Most JanSports range in price from $50-$65 and have the same signature style. The durable zippers and suede bottom shouldn’t cause many problems, but if they do, you can ask JanSport for a repair!
These packs also come in a wide range of styles, so you can personalize your look.
Did you know there were so many great backpack options out there? Consider that the pack you buy has the potential to last you well into your law career. For some, it may make sense to splurge now and save later. Good luck and happy shopping!