Dress Codes: What is the prevailing view about associates’ appearance?
Published: June 14, 2010
Tags: Law Office Management
Another crop of new lawyers has entered the legal workforce in Virginia. We have seen some slight easing of the job crunch: Here’s hoping that law firms and other organizations decide that it’s time to hire and that the new lawyers can put their new law licenses to work.
But what type of workplace culture will a new lawyer face and what are the expectations he or she will endure? That question applies equally to the one-, two- or three-year associate who was fortunate enough to secure a position just before or during the recession.
There are literally thousands of law firms across the commonwealth, and as a result, there are an equal number of dress codes or sets of office mores about the appearance of the lawyers who practice there.
Some offices are pretty traditional, while others may take a more casual view. So we put together a Web poll to determine your thoughts about what is the most appropriate attire or appearance in a law office.
On this page, you will see eight numbered pictures. Tell us whether that feature of an associate’s appearance is appropriate. We’ve chosen four that apply to men and four that apply to women (for a few, admittedly, there might be some crossover). They are:
1. Nose rings or other facial jewelry.
2. The unshaven, stubbly look
3. Stiletto or other very high heels
4. No tie
5. Visible tattoos
7. Very short skirts
8. Earrings or ear studs for men
You can vote thumbs up or down here. We also ask your gender, your age and your location. Also, we would like to know if your firm has a written dress code or other rules applying to lawyers’ appearance. Each question will provide a space for comment.
We’ll leave the Web poll open until June 28 and report the results in our July 5 issue. Thanks in advance for your participation and input.
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