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Paralegal Career Dressing: What to Wear to Court

Paralegal Career Dressing: What to Wear to Court

Going to court with your supervising attorney usually requires a suit, and an extremely conservative expression of your personal style. No one is supposed to be looking at you. You are supposed to be polished, professional, and on top of all the exhibits.

Every paralegal’s wardrobe should include a classic black suit. You can get suits fairly inexpensively from discount retail stores like Marshalls or Ross Dress for Less. I scored a terrific Loft suit recently at a thrift store for $30. Yup, 50% off $60. You bet I was stoked.

So this is what I look like when I go to court. I know my style blogger readers are probably thinking boring, but that’s kinda the goal.

Tahari suit (years ago Marshalls); Booties (Ross @$14); Old costume jewelry

I almost wore a faux pearl necklace, a pretty traditional route to take for court and interview dressing, but I would have looked a little like my boss’s mini-Me, since she was wearing pearls.

Two chain necklaces worn together to make an understated statement necklace.

But I don’t want y’all to think that going to court is all glamour and glitz. Even though my boss and I both had our iPads for showing video and taking notes, we still had to cart paper exhibits to the hearing.

Yeah, that case is as heavy as it looks, and no, I’m not very tall.

How do you accessorize your suits for ultra-conservative work activities?

2 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: What to Wear to Court

  1. Lynne,

    Love the glamour shots! I've gotta say that I really appreciated your statement that going to court requires a suit. I am always taken aback when I see a paralegal in the court room who is not wearing a suit. New, thrift, or otherwise, a basic suit is a must have!!

    p.s. You need to get a wheeled dolly for that heavy lifting!!


  2. Jamie, thanks! Practical Paralegalism is all about transparency 'cause when I was in paralegal school I thought real life was gonna be like L.A. Law (dated myself there, I know 🙂

    We do have a wheeled dolly but somehow the trusty bungee cords that go with it had disappeared that morning. Real life in a real law office…lol.

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