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How to Interview Well as a Law Student: How Dressing Appropriately and Doing Your Research Can Help You Land a Job in the Legal Field

published April 28, 2008

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<<Are you ready to start interviewing for legal jobs? Are you looking for a summer internship? Whatever you're interviewing for, you need to be prepared. And I'm not talking about having your resume memorized. No, I'm talking about knowing how to dress for success and what to research before arriving at an interview. Why bother to think about such things? Because any advantage you can get, you should take. So read on to discover more.

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How to Interview Well as a Law Student: Dress Appropriately

No matter how casual or small the company you are interviewing with, always dress for success. Typically, if you're interviewing with a firm, wearing a suit is suggested, maybe even essential. According an Alison Doyle article on, "If you're in doubt about how to dress for an interview, it is best to err on the side of conservatism. It is much better to be overdressed than underdressed."

Doyle provides a variety of other tips on how to dress your best for an interview. A number of them are summarized below:

For men: What's appropriate? Wearing a solid color suit, either dark grey or navy, with a long sleeve shirt that coordinates with the suit. Be sure to remember a belt, tie, and dark socks, and leave the jewelry (earrings or necklaces) at home.

For women: What's appropriate? Wearing a dark grey, navy, or black suit, with either pants or a skirt, is appropriate during an interview. However, be careful! Make sure that the length of your skirt (if your wear one) is "long enough so you can sit down comfortably." Furthermore, be sure to "coordinate [your] blouse" and wear "conservative shoes."

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And remember, Doyle writes, "The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it's always important to dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual."

How to Interview Well as a Law Student: Do Your Research

Before going on your interview, be sure to brush up on the company or firm you are interviewing with. What is the company's mission statement? What are its goals? Where has it been and where is it going? What kinds of projects has the firm worked on? What awards have they won? By knowing this information, you'll prove to your potential employers that you're interested and knowledgeable about their company or firm, especially if you have an opportunity to ask the interviewer some good questions. That will tell the interviewer that you've not only done your homework but that you're genuinely interested in the company as well.

Final Thoughts on How to Interview Well as a Law Student

Remember, a perfect resume isn't the only thing you need to have before going on an interview. Preparing for possible questions about your resume is important, of course, but so is dressing appropriately and doing some research on the company in question. After all, first impressions are important, so show your potential employer that you know how to dress for success. What's more, by doing your research, you'll not only get a better understanding of the company you are interviewing with, but you'll also prove that you are eager and interested in working there. By following these two tips, you'll be well on your way to landing that legal job you've been waiting for.

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