Lunch w/ Partner

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Lunch w/ Partner

Postby platesup » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:43 am

Hey guys,

1L here. I have a lunch meeting with a partner at a big law firm this week and was wondering what the attire should be? I initially thought business casual until he said to come by his office...is that relevant as to wear a suit or is business casual (slacks and dress shirt) still okay?

Thanks

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KMart
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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby KMart » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:44 am

Business professional - especially in the office setting.

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby platesup » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:55 am

imKMart wrote:Business professional - especially in the office setting.



so....a suit?

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby Br3v » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:57 am

platesup wrote:
imKMart wrote:Business professional - especially in the office setting.



so....a suit?


Yes

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby platesup » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:11 am

Br3v wrote:
platesup wrote:
imKMart wrote:Business professional - especially in the office setting.



so....a suit?


Yes


Thanks!

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby GOATlawman » Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:43 am

platesup wrote:
imKMart wrote:Business professional - especially in the office setting.



so....a suit?


wtf no

unless the office is business formal (do these exist? personally I've never seen one)

Dress the same as everyone else in the office, it's not an interview
Presumably you might want to interview down the line. Appearing as though you could fit in socially and not be the weirdo wearing a suit in a casual office would help with that

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby JohannDeMann » Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:05 am

wtf unless you have a job at the firm and you know you dont have to wear one, you always wear a suit to a law firm's office. its a pretty simple easy rule

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby GOATlawman » Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:16 am

JohannDeMann wrote:wtf unless you have a job at the firm and you know you dont have to wear one, you always wear a suit to a law firm's office. its a pretty simple easy rule


/wore a suit for the first 2 weeks of his SA when everyone else is wearing chinos and shit

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby valen » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:05 am

JohannDeMann wrote:wtf unless you have a job at the firm and you know you dont have to wear one, you always wear a suit to a law firm's office. its a pretty simple easy rule

Titcr. It is not weird to be overdressed for an initial meeting. Until you get the job and everyone else is business casual, stick to business professional.

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby Br3v » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:42 am

I'm not sure if lawman is being serious but if you are going to a law firm to meet with a law firm partner and go to lunch, I would wear a suit unless told otherwise.

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby logdog » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:51 am

Yeah, where a suit--especially in this case, because: (1) it sounds like you don't know whether the office is business casual or professional; and (2) it shows respect for the firm and the partner. The older guys will appreciate it (if they even notice), and the younger guys will probably be looking at their computer at the memo they're working on.

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby FSK » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:59 am

GOATlawman wrote:
JohannDeMann wrote:wtf unless you have a job at the firm and you know you dont have to wear one, you always wear a suit to a law firm's office. its a pretty simple easy rule


/wore a suit for the first 2 weeks of his SA when everyone else is wearing chinos and shit


That's basically a job ding dong.

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby platesup » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:04 pm

the firm is apparently business casual, but stick with suit?

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby kalvano » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:12 pm

A suit is always the right answer unless specifically instructed otherwise. No one will think less of you for wearing a suit, but plenty might think less of you for wearing slacks and a button-up.

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby AVBucks4239 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:19 pm

platesup wrote:the firm is apparently business casual, but stick with suit?

You're overthinking this. You're not an employee yet. Wear a suit. In terms of dress, nothing can possibly go wrong if you wear a suit.

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby platesup » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:22 pm

alright cool, appreciate the responses everyone

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby olive16 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:51 pm

Here's a helpful flowchart.

(1) Are you interviewing/having lunch/meeting regarding possible job with a biglaw partner or associate?

(2) If yes, were you specifically told not to wear a suit?

(3)(a) If you were specifically told not to wear a suit, do not wear a suit. Otherwise proceed to (3)(b).

(3)(b) If you were not specifically told not to wear a suit, wear a suit.

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby Sheriff » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:05 pm

Disregard all of the above.

This sounds like an informal meeting, so TCR is a tuxedo t-shirt. It shows that you want to be classy, but are there to party.

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby Actus Reus » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:14 pm

Wear a suit. If you see a super casual office, take off the tie. Or of the partner gives you shit for being in a suit, take off the tie

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Re: Lunch w/ Partner

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:48 pm

Wear a suit. It's always an interview until you're hired.




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