How often will I actually need to wear a suit while in law school? I know for interviews obviously, but are there many other times? I'm wondering just how nice of a suit I actually need.
Rather than guessing when you might need to wear a suit I'll give you a list of when I had to wear a suit over the last 2 years (I'm heading into my third year)
2. Inn of Court
3. Trial Competition
4. Moot Court Competition
5. Trial Team Tryouts
6. Informational Job Fairs
7. Informational Interviews
8. The Two Times that a Supreme Court Justice Came to Visit
9. Oral Argument Presentations in Research and Writing Class
10. Trial (final "exam") for Trial Advocacy Class
11. "Picture" Day (for the Facebook) during 1L Orientation week
12. The day we had to swear an oath to uphold the constitution, etc...(also during Orientation week)
Hmmm, I'm sure there were more times I just can't remember. So the real answer is that it depends on the person, the school and the professor. Some people are more formal. Some places are more formal. And obviously everything I listed above is not a required part of law school so it really depends on what you plan on doing and the rules that go along with those activities.
Oh, for interviews: men were advised to wear dark navy or charcoal. And women were advised to wear navy, charcoal or black. Men were specifically advised not to wear black because it looks morbid (a la funeral). I'm not sure why women can wear black but whatever. And always wear a white shirt and red or yellow tie. At least that's what the Jos. Banks guy said when he came. The trick is to be conservative in interviews. You can always relax and add a colored shirt but you can never go back and have a more conservative first impression for big firm. For everything else I listed, such as class and competitions, I wouldn't go wild but obviously the rules can be more relaxed. And if you can't live without wearing a brown suit then research the firms and don't pick an ulra conservative firm to interview with.