The law is a profession and lawyers are expected to dress professionally as a sign of respect to their clients, the courts, agencies and officials, and the traditions of the profession. As a professional school, we seek to represent and to develop professional skills, values, knowledge, and behavior. Thus, as a student, you should represent yourself and the College of Law through behavior – including attire – that is appropriate for the occasion, ranging from class to community placements to court appearances. We are located in downtown Dallas, a business community, and it is important to remember that the College of Law will be a busy place, with judges and attorneys often visiting; you never know who you might see, and impressions matter. On any given day, you might meet your future employer.
With these considerations in mind, the faculty and staff of the UNT Dallas College of Law have adopted the following guidelines relating to law students’ attire. (By the way, we have also adopted guidelines for faculty and staff attire as well.)
UNT Dallas College of Law students will be expected to dress professionally when they are:
We use the term “professional attire” because it includes traditional “business attire” but also is somewhat less exacting. Depending on the nature of the event—such as attending court—business attire is ordinarily expected. At some events, however, professional attire less formal than business wear might be appropriate. For further guidance, students may visit with the Office of Career and Professional Development, which also will have programs relating to business dress, business casual dress, and other topics.
Students are expected to dress appropriately for their placement. On those days when students will be onsite at their Community Engagement placement, students will be expected to dress in the same fashion as the attorneys or managers at the Community Engagement site, whether the attire is business, or business casual.
Students are expected to dress in business attire for interviews and competitions.
In class, students are expected to dress neatly and appropriately.
While fragrance is not considered attire, it has the ability to create an impression. Fragrance can affect individuals with allergies or those who are sensitive to fragrance. Therefore, it is best to refrain from the use of strong fragrance in a professional environment.
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