Career Advice for Lawyers by a Hiring Partner-
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
A woman commenter asked whether it is still necessary to wear a skirt suit vs. a pant suit to interviews. In most larger cities, a nice pantsuit is perfectly acceptable. Perhaps there are smaller markets where the traditional skirt reigns, but most of the women attorneys I know and surveyed think a tailored pantsuit is appropriate. Should be paired with appropriately fitting shirt -- no gaps, cleavage, etc. Accessories tastefully done. The main point is that you want to present a professional, serious appearance and if there's a big gap showing your bra, this will distract from the interview. A little silly to discuss, I realize, but since you asked, I answered (plus it was kind of an easy one).
Yes, I am a hiring partner who felt that our latest generation of lawyers and law students really needed some advice and guidance. Who knew the economy would totally tank and they would REALLY need guidance? I just share some observations, some experiences, and some lessons mom and dad should have taught you. Come along for the fun! HP can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org