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  1. If you are looking for a good work/school tote, Kate Spade is having a 75% off sale with lots of larger bags and "tech-friendly" options.
  2. This is such an important question! It is difficult to generalize because every office will have its own unique culture. Step one, if no dress code is specified, plan to wear a suit on your first day. This is a generally accepted "first day" outfit, even in offices that have a relatively casual atmosphere, plus it gives you a full day to scope out what everyone else in wearing to get a sense of what is expected of you. Another great way to get that info is to contact those who summered the year before or junior associates and just ask them what kinds of things people wear in the office. Most people want to help and it's a good way to start a relationship with your peers. Once you have your suit and some button ups or blouses to go with it, get a few dresses to pair with the blazer and a few cardigans or jackets to pair with the skirt and/or pants and ta-da you have a capsule wardrobe to last you the summer! I live in a work-uniform of about 15 mix and match outfits and it makes life exceptionally easy in the mornings. No one will remember how many days in a week you wore a suit so long as it is neutral, so no need to fret if your wardrobe is limited when you start out.
  3. I like the Calvin Klein work wear line blouses (available at Dept. stores like the Bay, Macy's, etc.). They have been on a collarless jacket kick in their suit line so they make a variety of collarless tops to complement them (same goes for Tahari) . For example, I have repurchased this one twice: https://www.calvinklein.us/en/womens-clothing/womens-featured-shop-modern-essentials-tops/contrasting-trim-v-neck-sleeveless-top-12407610 . Some of the patterns can be a bit much so, as always, use your judgment. If you feel that standard shells and T-shirt style tops are too casual for your look, try tops with a tie-neck for added visual interest and a professional alternative to a lapel-style collar. J.Crew and Banana Republic can be hit and miss for collarless blouses. If you monitor the sites you can sometimes snag some solid or subtly patterned options in a silky fabric that will add a nice texture to an outfit. Just be sure to read the care instructions carefully - I accidentally melted one with a hotel iron once...
  4. This London Fog Trench has gotten me through many a rainy season: https://www.londonfog.com/women/collections/fall-winter-outerwear/amanda-double-lapel-raincoat-with-detachable-hood.html The fit is great, it's light and the sleeves are roomy enough to fit a suit jacket underneath without looking like the Michelin Man.
  5. For an interview, if you have pierced ears, you may want to throw some subtle studs in. The reason for this is that, if the piercing holes are visible, the interviewer will not know that you don't usually wear jewelry and may wonder whether you got frazzled and forgot to put on your earrings when getting ready for the interview. You don't want them to draw an inference that you are disorganized, not detail oriented, so on and so forth. Or they won't notice/won't care at all. The point is, they have very little information about you as a person at that stage so every little detail has the potential to be extrapolated into something bigger than it is. Once you get hired on and they have a chance to get to know you, don't feel obligated to wear jewelry if you don't want to. You do you. Most people won't notice. Even if anyone does notice and for some odd reason asks you about it, the conversation will go like this: "Why don't you wear jewelry?" "It's not really my thing" "Alright then, so about that mediation brief blah blah blah..." For the second part of your question, I find that Banana Republic and J.Crew often have cute studs at a discount in their sale section. I also like to shop at a little local accessories boutique with nice costume jewelry (no one is going to know or care that you're not wearing *real* diamonds/pearls/fine jewelry. You're just starting out. Just make sure that anything that you do wear to work is in good shape and not discoloured). In terms of interview/work appropriate jewelry, today at the office, I am wearing a pair of teardrop studs similar to these http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/jewellery-accessories/fashion-jewellery-earrings/faceted-teardrop-crystal-stud-earrings. My other go-to pair are faux pearl studs similar to these : http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/wh-8mm-white-pearlsilver-stud I rarely wear more jewelry than that at work unless its casual Friday and I have plans after 5. I got a lot of mileage out of this necklace for a while, but I lost it (might buy another one now that I think about it): http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/pearls-of-love-large-pearl-sterling-silver-necklace-0600090099423--24
  6. I think that looks great. Of my three regular rotation suits, two have the jewel-style (collarless) neckline. Perfectly appropriate and contemporary for work or interviews. You don't need lapels to look professional. Just make sure that you are pairing the jacket with a blouse that is also collarless.
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    Suits For Men

    The Tie Bar. Also Hook & Albert is having a sale right now (25% off coupon code "HEAT")
  8. 1) I am a first year associate and I wear them, but many partners and senior associates do not. As a general rule, take your cues from more senior lawyers as @providence said. However, keep in mind that as a junior your are wise to lean on the conservative side. The senior lawyers have proven themselves and earned the privilege of pushing the boundaries or office fashion if they so choose and you are not there yet. 2) Invest in a few good bras and get a professional fitting to avoid discomfort during long days and weird outlines from the band. 3) Many suits come with ankle pants options now and they can look much more modern than some other cuts. As a summer student, keep in mind that the suits you buy will carry you through articling as well so seasonal versatility is important. If you want to have an ankle pants option, try getting a suit with multiple bottoms so you can wear it year round. For example, these ankle pants are part of a suit set that also has a trouser pant option (https://bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca/browse/product.do?cid=1052541&pcid=5013&vid=1&pid=267882003) 4) Most students know how to dress in a professional setting by this stage. Beyond that, most lawyers will not be scrutinizing your fashion choices (they just want that memo back that you've been working on...). If there is something really obviously wrong, a good workplace will have someone who will take you aside and give you some tips. The best way to avoid an awkward workplace fashion problem is to wear a suit for the first week or so to get a sense of what others in the office are wearing, then you can start adapting to the culture. 5) I have gathered a collection of suits, tops, dresses and blazers that I can easily mix and match. I find that having a smaller wardrobe of higher quality items both saves you time in the morning and money in the long run. No one cares if you wear the same outfit this Monday and next Wednesday, guys do it all the time. Also, keep dry shampoo, a lint roller and a pair of flats in your desk drawer. You never know when you might need them. False eyelashes are becoming more common and can help you to look polished in a professional setting. Professional application is recommended. I don't think the aesthetics are an issue, just keep in mind that you will be working long hours in front of a screen and you don't want you eyes to feel uncomfortable. If you're going with either false eyelashes or mascara, pick the one that is more likely to stand up to your workday without bugging you.
  9. For clarity to others reading the forum, it is certainly not necessary to get your principal a gift. OP wants to get a gift because their relationship makes it appropriate in the circumstances and that's perfectly fine. You don't need to break the bank, in fact it can be awkward if you do. The best gifts are those that show gratitude and that you paid attention to their interests and needs during your articling year. That might mean a mug and a high end bag of coffee beans from a country they recently traveled to, a Ted Baker fountain pen because their signature has John Hancock level notoriety around the office, or a collapsible leather glasses case from Hook & Albert because they are always losing their reading glasses. Whatever you choose, pair it with a thoughtful card. Your message will mean more to them than any fancy gift when they find it in a box 20 years from now.
  10. Not sure if this is directed at me, but I am a Dal Law grad. Just thought I could help out since oohlalaw couldn't reach the IB&M office by phone.
  11. I just gave Michelle Williams a call and she told me that interviews are taking place in the Weldon Building (the law school) at 6061 University Ave, in the Deans Conference Room, right next to the elevator on the 2nd floor. There is a waiting area there and they usually put signs up in the building for events like this to show you where to go. Good luck!
  12. Accountability is important. I certainly don't have time to chase down every bit of sloppy journalism out there, but every once in a while we all have to speak up and call out the problems around us, otherwise the standards start to slip. This problem was relatively simple so why not. Thanks to @Amay for the thorough arguments, you were clearly very persuasive. Maybe you should be a lawyer or something...
  13. Yeah, they edited the article shortly before responding to me to make it seem even less authoritative. Good news for @Hegdis though. Based on their logic, your ranking is sufficiently credible to be published by CTV. I say send it in! I can see it now "In a new ranking from Lawstudents.ca, a student publication..."
  14. Update: Just got this email. It does not exactly instill confidence... My email: Good morning, I would like to draw your attention to the article entitled "Windsor cracks top five for best law school in Canada", accessible here: https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/windsor-cracks-top-five-for-best-law-school-in-canada-1.3850199. The source relied on is a "University Magazine" article that is primarily plagiarized from the Wikipedia page for each law school. The rankings appear to be arbitrarily assigned. The article has become something of a joke within the legal community over the past 24 hours and your coverage of it as if the rankings were from a reputable source is now getting further attention. It would be wise to revisit the CTV article to determine whether it meets your journalistic standards. Kind regards, ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Reponse: RE: Viewer concern regarding - Windsor Law School Rankings Thank you for your email. We do not suggest that the ranking is the end all and be all for law schools in Canada. We clearly state the ranking is from University Magazine, a student publication, and it says the ranking is based on student feedback, graduation rates, and student's employment ability after graduating with a law degree. We will discuss the idea of following up the rankings in our news meeting. Again, thank you for the email. Sincerely, Manny Paiva | News Director CTV News Windsor | t 519.977.7828 | c 226.757.2876 | f 519.977.0564 | 1.800.267.3107 | [email protected] 1149 Goyeau Street Windsor, Ontario N9A 1H9 http://www.bellmedia.ca http://ctv.ca
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