Law School Graduation Party Ideas

As your grad jumps the final hurdles of law school and manages to struggle through the last few all-nighters, make sure you plan a graduation party that not only celebrates their accomplishment but matches the amount of effort they’ve put into earning their degree.
For a college grad party, try ordering traditional supplies (think school colors and graduation caps), but get creative with your theme by adding some law school twists to the decorations, invitations, favors, and menu.
Use a few of our party ideas below, or you might get a subpoena from the Party Girl!

law school graduation party invitations
Make sure your grad party isn’t "by the book" by sending guests a themed invitation that really pops! We’ve designed a classic Graduation Law School Invitation that you can customize with your grad's school colors and their photo. Or send your guests a "notice to show" by giving them a Graduation Law School Subpoena Invitation.

Go all out for the guest of honor by designing a custom graduation caricature invitation featuring the grad themselves! With a caricature invite, the sky’s the limit!

If you’d rather go the DIY route, try a few of these themed options for your paper goods:

  • Send a photo collage invite with the party information in the center and a border made from the school pictures of the graduate (K-12 pictures along with undergraduate and law school grad pictures). 
  • Mail an invite made from black card stock in the shape of a graduation cap. Add a tassel in the grad’s school colors, and hand write the party details on the back with a white permanent marker.
  • Print the party info on a latex balloon, and send it to guests attached to a card that reads “Blow me up!” Guests will love the novelty of this invite!
When designing and mailing your invitations, there are a few things to consider to make the party process easier for both you and your guests:
  • Decide on your guest list, date, and time of the event as soon as possible! The sooner you decide, the sooner your invites can be sent out. 
  • Everyone’s social calendars often fill up quickly during graduation season (May, June, and July). Make sure to check with important guests (grandparents, aunts, and uncles) before deciding on a date.
  • Try hosting an open house graduation party, instead. An open house usually extends over a longer period of time so guests can come and go as they please. A more flexible schedule may mean more guests can attend your grad party.
  • Kill two birds with one stone by mailing the invitation with the graduation announcement. Just make sure your invite reaches guests 2+ months in advance, so they can mark their calendars.
Here are a few fun ways to tie in the law school theme when designing the wording for your invites:
You are hereby summoned to appear
At John C. William’s graduation party!
The verdict is in…
Mary L. Sowers is graduating!
Don’t make us send you a subpoena!
William Howard is graduating from law school!

Once you’ve chosen and mailed your invite, make sure the rest of your party rises to the occasion. Next on the list: decorations, menu, and favors!
law school graduation decorations and party supplies
Use traditional party supplies when decorating for party, but add some fun law school touches to really highlight your theme: 
  • Hang a Subpoena Theme Banner over the entrance, so your guests know they've been summoned! We also have a Law School Theme Banner, which you can personalize for your grad.
  • Hang large chalkboards with witty sayings as decoration.  By the bar - "You are about to pass the bar!"  For the buffet - "You are on trial to prove whether you are innocent or guilty of hunger!" For the favors - "Don't object to taking a favor!"
  • Make a big impact with guests when they walk in the door by placing a Lifesize Photo Cutout of the graduate next to the sign-in table. Makes for a great photo op!
  • Place balloon bouquets in the grad’s school colors near party hotspots, including the sign-in table, buffet, gift table, and along fences to define the perimeter. Odd numbered bunches look best, and add a balloon weight.
Don’t forget about the sign-in table! This is a great place for guests to leave a note for the grad, drop off their gifts, and talk to the host/hostess. Try a few of these ideas to make your table pop:
  • Order a graduation sign in board so your guests can leave well wishes and congratulations to the grad. Pick one that matches your invites, too! 
  • Purchase several 8x10 frames, and in each one have a photo of the graduate at their high school, undergraduate, and law school graduations. This personal touch will show how your guest of honor has grown over time, and include pictures of kindergarten, intermediate, and middle school graduations if you have them, too!
  • Print out the lawyer’s oath for your state and have it matted. Have guests leave well wishes with a permanent marker on the matting, and then frame it so the grad can hang it in his or her new office!
  • Another alternative for a traditional sign in book is to have guests sign one that every lawyer has in their office or library: Black's Law Dictionary. Have guests leave messages and advice in the front cover, and this keepsake will be treasured always.
law school graduation menu and table decoration ideas 
Your tables should be the center of attention, so make sure to use themed table decorations and centerpieces. These law school decor ideas will make guests laugh out loud!
  • For each table number, frame a picture of a Supreme Court justice along with one of their silliest quotations.  For example, Justice Antonin Scalia said, "In a big family the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it’s not perfect, that’s okay, there are a lot more coming along." Perfect for a grad party, especially if the grad is the first child!
  • Gather leather bound books (or raid the grad’s law book supply), and stack them in the middle of tables as centerpieces. Top each stack with a wooden gavel and a bunch of graduation balloons for a fun themed touch!
  • Purchase brass scales (like the "scales of justice") and put a mini paper diploma on one scale and a graduation cap on the other! Or load them with candy or nuts for guests to snack on.
  • Scatter graduation confetti in the grad's school colors around centerpieces and along tables for a sparkly touch!
Make sure your guests don't plead guilty to hunger by providing a menu with fun law school twists:
  • Serve several cocktail drinks named after popular TV shows and movies, like The Firm, Law & Order, and The Verdict.  Make sure to list the cocktails (along with the ingredients) on a large chalkboard that says, "You are about to pass the bar!"
  • Put a menu card at each place setting, and label the appetizers "Opening Statements", the main course "Cross Examination", and the dessert "Closing Statements".
  • If you're having a buffet, make sure to give each of your menu items a law theme name.  Anyone want fried calamari, or "Squid Pro Quo"? Passed-the-Bar Burritos and Ambulance Chasing Churros are funny, too. The possibilities are endless! 
After serving a delicious spread, make sure to keep guests refreshed with waterbottles personalized with law school water bottle labels or subpoena water bottle labels!  Add your own message for a custom touch.
law school graduation games and activities
Keep your guests entertained with a few games that test their knowledge of the law (well... almost!):
  • Did you know that Alabama law states that you are not allowed to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time? Some states are famous for their ridiculous and often arcane laws.  Create a game sheet that asks guests to match the law to the state.  The player with the most correct answers wins! (Check out for lists of laws by state.)
  • Have guests match the name of Supreme Court justices with their pictures. The law school grads among your family and friends should excel at this one!
  • For those who aren't familiar with "the law", list famous quotes from true crime and law movies instead.  Have guests match the quote with the film title.  You'll find great quotes from movies like Legally Blond, A Few Good Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, and Erin Brokovich.
  • Make sure to hand out prizes to the winners!  True crime novels purchased from book sales would be a fun themed gift.
If your guests aren't into games, try playing a slideshow filled with pictures of the grad. Whether on a large TV or outdoor screen, family and friends will enjoy seeing pictures of the guest of honor staying up late to study, hanging with friends at the library, and finally receiving their diploma.
law school graduation favors
Don't forget to send your guests home with something to remember the celebration. No one will "object" to these fun favors:
Good luck planning for your law school graduation party, and congratulations to the grad from the Party Girl!