"Quirk Books, $14.95 each

Missed parties. Skipped late-night runs to Steak-N-Shake. Countless hours of studying. What is your life coming to? What does this all mean? Well, you’re probably on your way to law school or medical school. Congrats on getting this far. Now it’s time to reevaluate your social habits.

Instead of hitting the books and paying oodles for tuition, just skip the classroom and head straight for the box! Law School and Med School in a Box, that is.

Mental Floss magazine presents a new way to gain educational prestige without actually attending a university. The novelty company’s new trivia games, contained within compact metal boxes, challenge and instruct you on the basics of both law and medical school in 96-page mini-textbooks. Taking a sarcastic tone, the jovial In a Box series brings you trading cards of notable figures in your field, as well as flash cards from which to study, Bar Exam and Medical Board trivia questions and mini college diplomas to show your family and friends.

OK, so after flipping through the pocket-sized books, you may not know how to perform surgery, conduct a psychological study or take blood, let alone win a courtroom battle, but you’ll be keen on 101 legal lingo and medical jargon, as well as the key players who helped advance the fields to their current status.

Great gag gifts for the recent college graduate, In A Box games will focus the brainiac in your life on exactly what they should be thinking about — not taking everything so seriously! Or for the trivia nerds out there, no worries. You probably already know everything in these tins, and you haven’t even finished school yet. 

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