I worked in a large law firm for almost 7 years. Â My general experience is that no one really cares as long as you don't go around flaunting it. Â No offense, but very few people are going to be able to tell that you're wearing an Oxxford just by looking at it (they may be able to tell you're wearing a nice suit, but, for most, I honestly think this has more to do with fit than quality). Â Unless you broadcast how expensive your clothing is, no one will know or care. Â On the other hand, if your firm is business casual and all of your peers as well as most of the more senior attorneys come to work dressed casually, wearing a suit every day will make you stand out. Â I don't think this will necessarily hurt your career, but you'll get a few comments ("What are you, interviewing?", etc.). Â Your peers might refer to you as a brown noser. Also, not to get off on a tangent, but
I'm talking about summer associates, who are at the bottom of the totem pole.
Not true. Â First year associate are at the bottom of the totem pole. Â Summer associates are wined and dined.
Kind of like you may be expected to work weekends. Â Alone. Â While the partners go out on their boats. Â Or why they can go home at 4:00 and you'll be expected to stay 'til 6.
Hate to burst your bubble here, but I'll bet most associates of whatever level working at a large law firm in NYC can count on one hand the number of days over the past year that they were able to go home at 6. Â Also, my experience has been that the partners (at least the junior and mid-level ones) work just as hard as (if not harder than) the associates. Â This is one of the reasons I no longer work at a large law firm.