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What to Wear for Public Defender Internship

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:35 pm

Hey all,

This might be a silly question, but I am getting ready to begin an internship with my local public defender's office here in about a week. I have gone through all of the material provided to us from the office, but there is no mention of any sort of dress code. Should I wear a suit daily, or perhaps just a nice button down and some khakis? I don't have much in the way of formal clothes, so I need to go and purchase some before the week is out.

Thanks!

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Re: What to Wear for Public Defender Internship

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:41 pm

Every office is different so it’s best to just ask whoever hired you. If you’re gonna be in court it’s safe to say you’ll need to wear a suit but no knowing for sure what just around the office entails

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Re: What to Wear for Public Defender Internship

Postby Danger Zone » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:44 pm

Show up in a suit and feel it out from there
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Re: What to Wear for Public Defender Internship

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:23 pm

Like others have said, it depends on the office. Last summer I was at a PD's office, and wore a suit every day. I was generally only scheduled to go to court on certain days, but I found that often another attorney (other than my direct supervisor) would ask me if I wanted to go with them for a hearing or something similar, so I took to wearing a suit every day to make the most of those opportunities.

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Re: What to Wear for Public Defender Internship

Postby Mobster1983 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:36 pm

Wear a suit on the first day and check it out from there. You will see what people wear on a daily basis, but it really varies from city to city. I would recommend always having a jacket and tie in your car/office in case you have to go into court on a day you were not expecting.

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Re: What to Wear for Public Defender Internship

Postby Br3v » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:16 pm

Danger Zone wrote:Show up in a suit and feel it out from there

+1
So just hold off on buying work clothes until after that first day/week. As long as you've got one suit you'll be fine until you can afford to buy more.

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Re: What to Wear for Public Defender Internship

Postby northwood » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:34 pm

It’s always best to over dress you first day, as it’s your only chance to make a first impression post interview
. Besides as others said, you may find yourself going to court more often than not ( while unlikely on day 1 as you probably have trainings/ paperwork to do). In addition you will probably be meeting other attorneys.



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