SEO alum here and while I certainly got frustrated at time during the program, you have to realize what they're doing is for your own good.
Anonymous User wrote:SEO is almost paranoid in its dealings and goes way overboard. Also, it's easy to justify their infatuation with T10 etc., that's understandable, but how does one explain the fact that they make the ladies "straighten" their hair?
This is a blatant exaggeration. The SEO team never once asked anyone to straighten their hair. One consultant came in and recommended girls change their hair to fit more into the corporate model, but SEO never once even advocated this advice, much less enforced it. There was a HUGE uproar about this and SEO was very embarrassed by the consultant, they won't have her back again. If anyone chose to straighten, perm, or get a weave/wig, it was completely their own choice. One of my best friends in the program has the most beautiful natural hair ever. Constantly well kept. Partners would compliment her on it all the time. SEO isn't going to tell her shit about it.
They are very strict about things that ol' biglaw partners bitch about. Most of their rules came about when partners would call the director and complain about unshaven guys, messy hair, blue shirts, black suits, etc. After going through the 1L firm process and SEO, I can tell you that some partners are EXTREMEEEELY conservative. SEOs policies are structured so that you'll be dressed appropriately for even the most strict partners--therefore never making a sartorial faux pas.
Their misplaced infatuation with stamping out all forms of "ghettoness" is amusing. You'd think they were dealing with kindergartners.
they have to be strict because otherwise people would do whatever the fuck they want to do. they gave us ONE free day during CLI (and just asked that we came presentable and business casual) and people came in spagetti straps and flipflops (dafuq?!!?!). people of color are notoriously late. what do you think would happen if people weren't held accountable for being on time? also, i certainly wouldn't want to be part of a program where its members were known for dressing sloppily, lazily, and completely out of sync with expectations. It sucks while you're doing it, but it's completely necessary for those older conservative partners that will snatch a job out of your hands because you look messy (not shaven or wearing something crazy).
The whole irony is the fact that they interview you on random campuses and once announced rejections on a public forum. Yeah, that's professional. If they're reading this they should realize there is a growing contingent of disillusioned alums out there. I mean it pays but we're not talking SA money here. In fact, one is almost better off finding a position on one's own without the albatross. In time, they'll start instructing candidates on how and when to breathe in a corporate environment.
Good luck finding a 0L summer associate position. Also, they'll tell you how and when to breathe in a corporate environment if it's going to cost you a job because you're doing it wrong.
get over your entitled and privileged self and understand that these people are doing what's best for you. it's not a torture camp--it's to solve the problem why there's so little people of color in biglaw. just based off your complaints, and some behavior of SEOs when they loosened up the reigns--i can see why they have to be this way.