1ferret! wrote:OP - keep in mind that your audience here is largely comprised of relatively young kids, inexperienced in the workplace, with heads full of ideas of individuality gained through years of beer bongs and liberal arts. In the workplace, you are trying to impress yourself upon the sensibilities of someone else, doesn't matter how good you feel about it. With orientation however and law school in general you should judge for yourself how you want these people to perceive you. Ever gonna ask a professor for a recommendation or a job? A possibility that your peers in school are gonna be able to help you out in that respect in the future? Think about that when making your decision, and decide accordingly.
Er.... if I'm reading your post right, either 1) you're kind of a prick or 2) you're one of those young, inexperienced kids you speak of.
The more you think you're going to "network" etc in law school, the less successful you will be at it. Be yourself, no one cares if you have a goatee or not. For an interview, I say conservative is best. Seriously though, for orientation, do whatever you want. It doesn't matter in the slightest - profs/students won't judge you based on facial hair....
Blindmelon's guide to succeeding in law school:
1) Don't be a prick and say things like you are "networking with peers" - just make friends, they will help you out.
2) Be nice to people. Reputations for being a braggard, a social climber, etc. go around a lot and will not be a good thing down the road.
3) Help others. Simply as that. Law school is competitive, but don't be known as the guy who doesn't help others out. Help others, and people will help you in return.
4) Don't try to be something different because you're in law school. Spotting a phony is easy (see #1) and people are more likable when they're normal and down to earth. Even to profs.