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Formality for Big Law Interview

SolomonMarlow

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Hello all,
I have an interview for a big law firm in NYC on Monday, and I'm struggling over whether to buy a new suit for it or not. Currently, the suit I have is this one. I think it's worsted, but it has a soft, slightly fuzzy texture to it. Do you think it's sufficiently formal? My problem is that I want to invest in a new suit from The Armoury, but I don't have enough time to get one altered before my interview...
 

othertravel

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Hello all,
I have an interview for a big law firm in NYC on Monday, and I'm struggling over whether to buy a new suit for it or not. Currently, the suit I have is this one. I think it's worsted, but it has a soft, slightly fuzzy texture to it. Do you think it's sufficiently formal? My problem is that I want to invest in a new suit from The Armoury, but I don't have enough time to get one altered before my interview...

Did you ask Armoury if they can expedite the alterations?
 

jeremygo

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I don't work in the legal profession, but my gut says that this suit, especially if it's an entry level role, is totally fine. Better to wear the suit that you know fits you well rather than stress over getting something last minute.

Yes, solid navy or charcoal would probably be more ideal, but it's still a relatively muted pattern in a conservative color. You're not showing up in a pink linen jacket.

That said, again I don't work in law, so maybe I'm totally off.
 

Jay C

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Former biglaw recruiting partner here.

As long as someone is wearing a reasonable dark suit, tie and normal dress shoes, you are good. Unless you are dressed crazy inappropriate, your clothes are among the least important things I care about in our interview. That suit is better than many I've seen, and most people you will interview with will not be wearing suits.

Plaids and pinstripes were always fine in my big law firms back in the olden days before business casual so long as they were not too loud. If they mostly disappear from 10 feet away, aok.

Good luck.
 

Camerashy

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Need to plan earlier
Remember the 6 P’s
Priority Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
Hope the interview goes well for you
 

leapyourbar

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Fellow lawyer checking in. You absolutely need to wear a suit. Was going to recommend that you do SuitSupply (I'd probably recommend Spier and Mckay, but for you being short on time).

Definitely invest in a suit from the armoury once you get the job (and best of luck!). Model 3 is probably ideal.
 

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