Whether you’re at the early stage of thinking about going to law school, you’ve just been accepted, or you’re already a year in, we thought we’d round up some of our various law school resources for women for your perusal. Welcome! (If you’re already gearing up to be a summer associate, do check out our guide for summer associates!)
Whether to Go to Law School
We’ve had some great discussions about all the questions that come up when you’re deciding to go to law school, from trying to figure out if law school is right for you (particularly whether to go to law school as an older student).
- How to decide whether to go to law school
- How to prepare to go to law school (if you’re a super dork like Kat was)
- If you’re already decided to go, you may want to check out our roundup of the best blogs for women law students
How to Pay for Law School
- Financially preparing to go to law school (and grad school in general)
- Consider setting up a 529 for yourself if you’ve got a few years to prepare
- How to pay off big student loans and particularly where paying down debt vs. saving should fit in your general money roadmap
- Six ways to deal with tuition bills (if you’re going back to school)
- How to handle “frugal fatigue”
What to Wear to Law School
The biggest question here is what bag to carry to law school — you can pay a lot of money for a bag that doesn’t really serve you well. Here’s our most recent posts on backpacks, as well as laptop bags and laptop sleeves — this long ago post on bags for law school may also be of help (with Kat’s trick from her law school days: get an affordable diaper bag if you want a truly huge option!). Note that a laptop isn’t always essential for class — a happy medium may be to get a Bluetooth keyboard to take notes on your phone (via Evernote, Google Sheets, or Notes).
If you’re worrying about what to WEAR to law school, don’t — the TL;DR on all of these posts below is generally “it doesn’t matter.” Still, if you’d like to see the discussions, here they are:
- What to wear to law school orientation
- What to wear to a mock trial
- How to dress to go out with fellow grad students
- What to wear to law school graduation
A much more important question here is “how to build your wardrobe for your summer internship,” which, if you do it wisely in little installments over the three years of law school, can save you from having to buy an entirely new work wardrobe with no money. Here’s our oldest post on that topic, as well as our more recent discussion on how to build a capsule wardrobe. You may also want to sign up for our work outfit challenge to get four weeks’ of work outfit ideas.
How to Network During Law School
Building your network is important — yes, even now. Join study groups! Go to professors’ office hours so they know your face and name. Understand that your current classmates are your future colleagues.
- How to build your network
- How to use alumni networks
- Networking with adjunct professors
- What to wear to networking events in the winter
- What to wear to a networking dinner as a student
- What to wear to “business casual” events
- How to network when you’re junior
- Dining etiquette fun: the top rules to know about before you go to networking lunches
Prepping for On-Campus Interviews (OCI) and Other Interviews
Ah, on-campus interviews — these are always a huge source of stress. First: definitely go to OCI, even if you don’t think you want to work at a big law firm when you graduate. (Here are all of our best on-campus interview tips and resources!) This is a huge reason you should be choosing a law school and this job-finding week is a big part of what you’re paying for (or going into debt for). Plus: more choices are always better than less choices. You can always turn down opportunities if you go through the interview process and decide ultimately it isn’t right for you.
- Interview suits: We’ve got a huge Corporette Guide to Suits, with lots of specific tips on what to look for in an interview suit, and we recently did a roundup where we found the best women’s suits on the market right now.
- Interview hair: One of our most popular posts is on how to style long hair for job interviews; you may also want to check out our guide to easy office updos or our advice on how to make a blowout last for days
- Don’t stress too much about interview makeup — one of our top interview makeup tips is that your makeup should help you look awake, alive, and interested — no smoky eye required.
- Interview shoes: Obviously, shoes can be a big source of stress — wear comfortable shoes! You may want to check out our guide to Wardrobe Essentials for Work to see the top heels and flats we recommend — you may also want to check out our regularly updated Guide to Comfortable Heels.
- Two final tips on interview attire: first, if you’re wearing a skirt or a dress, do the mirror test. Secondly, don’t forget to cut your suiting vents — your skirt and blazer may have vents sewn shut with a tiny X.
Resources for Summer Associates and Other Legal Internships
Congratulations on landing a job! If you’re doing a typical BigLaw summer associateship check out our full guide for summer associates — including all the weird summer work event questions like “what to wear yachting” or “how to deal with a golf scramble as a newbie.”
If you’ll be working at a non-profit, know your office — you may want to check out our general tips on what not to wear to work as well as our guide to business casual. If you happen to be on the younger side (or look like you are), here are our tips on how to be taken seriously when you look young.
Depending on what your existing wardrobe is, you may want to check out our guide to “how to dress up a business casual wardrobe” or “how to dress down a conservative wardrobe.” We also rounded up some of the best personal style bloggers who are practicing lawyers if you want a sense of day to day style.