Duquesne is having a clothing drive for 1Ls, because the can't afford to dress professionally--which is probably Step 1 in nailing the interview.
Of course, you probably know where I'm going with this. This needs to be extended to lawyers. I go to the Courthouse nearly every day and attorneys dress like... well, like poor people. Yes, there are those that foolishly spend their money on designer suits. However, there are many more that throw an old sports jacket over a pair of slacks and call it a suit. Their shoes are old and cracked and falling apart. If they even bother to have dress shoes Many more don sneakers or flip flops--well, the women certainly do. Don't let me get started on the women. There is no suit requirement for the women--it seems. In the summer, female attorneys would go to court in sundresses and a cardigan. Sometimes sans cardigan and bra. Some looked like they are going to the park to sun themselves after court after the status conference. I dress like an idiot in court because my clothes, knowing that I have no means to replace them, now have holes all over them. It's ridiculous. I spent good money on these clothes when I was employed--why are they falling apart now?The Duquesne University School of Law is holding a Professional Clothing Drive for Law Students.We are accepting gently worn professional clothing* for 1st Year Law Students preparing for the Oral Argument Program in the spring and all Law Students preparing for job and internship interviews.Clothing can be dropped off at the Main Office of the Law School between the hours of 8:30 am and 8:00 pm (Monday through Friday) and
9:00 am to 12:00 pm (On select Saturdays please call for dates). A receipt will be provided for your tax-deductible donation.* We are accepting business suits for women and men as well as shoes, ties, belts and accessories.
So, anyone on board? Let's ask the financial industry with their generous bonuses (due to our fucking TARP money) to donate their Hugo Boss suits to the impoverished legal industry. I would get in line for a couple of suits. Would you?