I'm a foreign student at Harvard Law School and I passed by the hiring reception of a big law firm in a bar in Harvard Square. The dress code was "business casual." I came in a blazer with puff folded pocket square, pink dress shirt with French cuffs, blue tie with fun prints that were definitely not for business, light khakis, and chestnut Edward Grreen wingtips. Half the male partners were in suits but most of the lawyers were in dress pants and shirts with folded up shirtsleeves. The students were mostly wearing shirts with folded up shirtsleeves, with a few in striped shirt and jeans (the SF "Amjack" look). I was wondering if it was okay or if I should ditch the tie next time. Our career counselor advised that "business casual" is always tricky but you can always err on the side of being overdressed since the partners will be in suits anyway (and I'm slightly older than the American students albeit much shorter). I ended up going around and having fun conversations with the lawyers, but settled in a quiet corner with a corporate partner from the head office who described his work and the firm's international practice in some detail. Thoughts?