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Must Lawyers Still Dress for Success?

Is the way you dress still integral to success?  That's the question under discussion at the WSJ Law Blog, in response to this article in today's Wall Street Journal.  Not surprisingly, the gap is generational; many older attorneys lament the increasing casualness -- even sloppiness -- of today's associates. But associates claim that suits are uncomfortable, and even unnecessary when associates are working long hours and not visible to clients.

Perhaps several years ago, with a hot economy, associates could take more liberties with their attire.  But if the recession forces more layoffs, and a firm must choose between a professionally-dressed third year associate and a sloppy one, it's not hard to predict who will keep the job:  the one who's dressed for it.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on January 31, 2008 at 06:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)


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