January 25, 2011

Legal Interning Tip #4

Legal interning is generally not very different from any other kind of interning. Here's the fourth of many tips I will be posting that are especially helpful when you are working in a legal office:

Appropriate Legal Interning Attire
The Interview
If you are interviewing for a legal internship, you should be wearing a suit.  This should be a no-brainer if you are in law school and is an investment you should make in your first year.  A standard black suit is generally best, and it should be well-tailored.  For ladies, skirts should not be any higher than at the knee and worn with pantyhose and closed-toe shoes.  Men should stick with a conservative shirt and tie.  Since this is for the music or entertainment industry, you may be tempted to show a little flair.  Err on the side of caution here - you should look as professional as possible - and let your passion for the arts shine through in your answers instead.  If you must show some personality, go for something small like music note stud earrings or cuff links, but definitely leave the silly guitar ties or dangly guitar earrings at home.

The Internship

Depending on where your internship is, you could be wearing anything from a suit to jeans and a t-shirt while on the job.  Large firms usually require either suits or professional attire with a suit at the ready.  Small firms are more likely to be professional attire or business casual.  If you snagged an in-house position at a place like a music label, you may be able to get away with jeans and a t-shirt, but you probably won't need to be any fancier than business casual.  Even if jeans and t-shirts are allowed, think carefully about the image that you want to present to your co-workers and superiors before you walk into the office in ripped jeans or a revealing top, keeping in mind that they could be your "in" to your dream job in the future.  Whatever the situation, look around and see what everyone else is wearing when you go into your interview, and don't be afraid to ask about the dress code before you start. 

For more tips on choosing an outfit, check out a previous post on general interview attire here.

- Lauren
lauren@internlikearockstar.com | Twitter: @Musicn3rd
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