September 16, 2013

Ain't Nobody Gonna Break-a My Stride

Wore this to court and to some depositions on Friday. I normally wouldn't wear animal print to court, but it was a Friday, so, yeah. I'm noticing that matching suits are only necessary if you're going to trial. I think a lot of the rules for lawyers are about impressing a jury, and many are starting not to apply at all anymore. I thought the tweed of the jacket and the subtle animal print of the skirt were a cool combination, and although I could have chosen any color blouse, I reached for my new pink-ish one from Loft. I'm really liking the way the tie neck drapes slightly over the waist of the skirt, adding some more interest. 
I get emails sometimes from people thinking about going to law school asking advice about whether they should go or not. I want to share a story from college...
My university didn't have a "pre law" major, but a lot of students who wanted to go to law school were "Government & Politics" majors. My sophomore year I qualified for the major and officially started taking classes. One of my best friends in my sorority was also a GVPT major. One night as we were in her dorm room getting ready to go out, we were drinking and talking, and she told me about this mock trial team she was on. I immediately was like "that sounds so awesome, can you help me apply?" She immediately struck me down and said "Elissa, you need to be, like, smart, to join this team. You need to actually, like, do work." Obviously these statements stung - I wasn't a straight A student in college but I certainly wasn't stupid or lazy. I decided not to pursue joining that team because I didn't want to do anything involved with that girl, but from that moment on I focused everything on getting into law school. I took relevant courses, I applied for relevant internships, etc. The conversation may have ruined my friendship with her (she probably never noticed, but I did), but it also gave me the push I (maybe) needed to do my best and get into school. My point is, if you want to go to law school, don't let anyone tell you you can't. All types of people from all different backgrounds go to law school. You don't necessarily need straight A's (or even B's) to get into school. Schools care about diversity and what you will bring to the table that will enhance everyone else's time there. A friend of a friend who had a low LSAT score (the test you take to get into law school), and an average GPA from a not-that-recognizable school got into law school - probably because she has a very interesting ethnic background and back story about how she ended up in the U.S., and she took a few years off between undergrad and law school which gives her work experience. Anyway, sorry for this block of text but my point is don't let anybody break your stride or tell you you can't do something. If you want it, work for it. 
Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar)
Skirt: Loft
Blouse: Loft
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Michael Kors (similar)


  1. pssh. i guess i didn't know you then, but you've always been one of the hardest working people i know. and smart is just a given.

  2. Every time someone has ever said, "Sweetheart, you aren't smart/pretty/talented/whatever enough to do (Whatever), an "Oh yeah? Watch me!" response usually follows. Being told you can't do something is a great motivator.

    For what it's worth, I think you are very smart. It comes through in your writing. And you always look so polished and confident. The coral with the tweed is a great choice.

  3. Great look, and plenty dressy for motion dockets around here anyway. What I tell people about law school today is to be really careful how much they spend and how much debt they incur. Way too many young lawyers are seriously trapped by way too much student loan debt, and most lawyers don't get traditional jobs. They get help keeping their heads above water while they build their own practice. You can't do that with six digits in debt.

  4. If I could do it again I'd choose a (little bit) less prestigious state school (in-state tuition, woo hop!) or a school where I received a scholarship instead of the private university I went to. I'd probably have just as good of a shot getting a job and I'd have way less student loan debt.

    I also regularly discourage people from going to law school because they can't think of anything else to do or because they can't find a job with their bachelor degree. Don't waste your money!

  5. Preach it! Lol. It seriously is the best motivator

  6. I have a funny follow up to the story I wanna tell you

  7. I once saw a lawyer show up to argue an appeal in a moo-moo and sandals.

  8. Love the colours in this outfit - the muted colour palette works very well for a professional animal print look :)

    Great advice too - you can achieve so much when you work hard for what you want.

    Away From The Blue

  9. Love this outfit and i love the story that you shared. If it wasn't for her insensitive comment you would not be where you are, so congrats!!!! You worked hard and you proved to yourself that you can do it. Good for you!!!!


  10. I agree with you 110%! I came from Hong Kong and went to an all-women liberal arts college in a very small town here. My "advisor" told me that, "We don't have a pre-med major here, but if you stay as a biology major, that's the closest thing we have. But then I don't think you can get into medical school without a US citizenship anyway." So guess what, I got into med school despite a lower MCAT score. I graduated med school with honors, went through residency, and now a practicing physician and I STILL DON'T HAVE CITIZENSHIP (working on it). Don't let anyone tell you that you can't achieve your dreams. Set a goal, work hard for it. It wasn't easy, but if there is a will, there is a way. Good luck and wish you a great career.

  11. I love hearing inspiring stories like yours, Nicole! Congrats!

  12. love your outfit, especially your top! :)