Paul L. Caron

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Should Law Students Get Tattoos?

SmartLawyer, Should Lawyers Get Inked?:

TattooIt would be hard to call getting a tattoo a rebellious act or a thumbing of the nose at social norms or expectations. ...  36% of U.S. people between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo.

But what of lawyers?

Should they risk getting a tattoo, given they work in one of the more conservative professions going? ...

Lawyers are not, say, lifeguards. They don’t expose a lot of skin. And just about all of the advice we saw on the internet said lawyers can definitely rock a tat — just make sure it’s not exposed.

Several discussions on Reddit focus on it:

“I know plenty of attorneys with tats. Just nothing on your face, neck or hands,” one wrote.

And another: “If you can cover them up I don't think you have anything to worry about. Sure, tattoos showing in client meetings or in court may be slightly offputting, but if you're willing to wear long sleeves at work then what's the issue? Nobody will be the wiser.”

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So, when do we expect our first SCOTUS judge to have a facial tattoo a la Mike Tyson?

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Jan 28, 2020 3:49:17 AM

Look how far we've come from the days when law firms wouldn't hire Jews, Catholics, women, or minorities! /sarc


So what you're saying is that the Million Dollar Premium isn't skin deep?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jan 26, 2020 7:29:14 PM

Picture the lawyer who joins an ordinary corporation as the corporate lawyer.

Now picture the annual summer picnic, where the jerks from HR want everyone to bond in softball games or worse.

What price long sleeves then?

Posted by: Karen Myers | Jan 26, 2020 8:56:23 AM

I was thinking more along the lines of '666' on their foreheads so we'd be able to identify them...

Posted by: James L Fitch | Jan 26, 2020 7:23:39 AM

Abe, interesting idea, but what Code section? Sec. 61? Sec. 162? I believe Sec. 401 is the longest. But which code section is the sexiest?

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Jan 26, 2020 6:05:04 AM

Only if they want to permanently inscribe an “I am stupid” sign on their bodies.

Posted by: Roberto | Jan 25, 2020 8:53:20 PM

36% of U.S. people between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo.

That's the bottom 36% of the IQ distribution.

Posted by: Jay Guevara | Jan 25, 2020 6:15:02 PM

People hire lawyers for their judgment. Anyone who has any tattoo has lousy judgment. Hard pass.

Posted by: Jay Guevara | Jan 25, 2020 6:13:23 PM

Yes, they should get tattoos, but only with the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Nothing impresses like tattoos of the IRC.

Posted by: Abe Carnow | Jan 25, 2020 10:43:51 AM

For better or worse, judges and law firms (and some clients) are conservative when it comes to personal appearance. The second-ranked student in my 1st-year class at Harvard could not get a job until he cut his shoulder-length hair. (It wasn't even really that long.) The moment he got a hair cut, he received more offers than he knew what to do with. Whether this is a good thing or not is irrelevant. It is what it is.

Posted by: Ted Seto | Jan 25, 2020 10:38:34 AM

It sort of depends on your clients . . .

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Jan 25, 2020 2:55:37 AM