If you haven’t thought about your wardrobe requirements for this summer’s job, now is the time to do so. You want to be sure you are dressing appropriately for the office. You can email the firm’s recruitment coordinator to ask about the dress code if you are unsure. If you are concerned about your ability to afford appropriate attire, SFS offers a one-time, up to $500, LIPP-eligible budget increase for professional attire items. Review the SFS website for full information and instructions on how to apply. For more information on preparing for success this summer, see the Professionalism Primer section of the OCS website and attend OCS Presents: Getting the Permanent Offer on April 25.
Whether you accept an offer or decide to turn it down, remember that your professional reputation with that employer is just beginning. Even a difficult conversation, such as declining an offer, is an opportunity to build your reputation. If handled gracefully, you won’t be closing any doors. Instead, you will be confirming to them that their choice to offer you employment was a good one, and if you find yourself in the job market down the road, your reputation with them will be strong — and likely to get you in the door again.
Make sure you know the etiquette basics and appropriate RSVP protocol, so that you can make the most of law firm receptions. Employers track students who RSVP and attend their events throughout the year and consider this information when making decisions about callbacks and offers. RSVPing for an event and not attending has the potential to reflect poorly on your candidacy. Ideally, if you RSVP you should attend the event, but if you can no longer attend it is important to notify the firm in advance.