yes, but it would be atypical for a summer offer to not result in an offer for a full time job.
Summer Associate at a large firm in Manhattan; I need an entirely new wardrobe. Help! - Page 3
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Get two/three entry level suits, 10 shirts, some ties. Get two pairs of allen edmonds shoes around the corner, one black, one dark brown.
Get them in the right size, have the tailor tailor them (show a little cuff, pants NOT TOO LONG [don't wear them like jeans cumbled up]), and you'll be fine.
You'll look very good for this summer, and they'll last you several years.
To address concerns regarding what my budget ought to be (and to end the speculation in here): Market for a first year associate in NYC is $160,000 plus a bonus if you meet your billable hour requirement. The summer associate program pays $3,100 per week for ten weeks - it's approximately the same compensation as a first year's. My firm has extended offers to 100% of the summers who have worked there since 2009, so while I am counting my chickens, it is probably appropriate for me to do so.
I've never had a paying job before so it's going to be a big change for me. I do appreciate the suggestions for temperance, though, and don't intend to go overboard.
Mistake #1 - buying a bunch of items at once. Possibly suckered by customer service. Who knows if the fit is good? Post pictures or bring to an outside tailor for an opinion. Can you return some of the shirts? By the way, the collection should include some vertical stripes.
Do not buy seconds or irregulars. Don't buy bargain-bin anything. Do not buy from eBay (where items often are no longer in 'new' condition, regardless of what the listing claims). Because it's false economy. In some law offices, image is very important.