The right outfit can put a pep in one’s step ahead of a dream job interview or first court appearance. But many law students don’t have the means to purchase a high-quality professional ensemble, which can run a bill well into the hundreds.
The solution? The Law Suits Professional Closet at Albany Law School—started by Olivia Cox ’21 and Kelly Vidur ’19— which provides free, pre-loved, interview-ready clothes for students. Cox and Vidur created and launched the closet after reaching out to the Career and Professional Development Center, the Office of Alumni Engagement, and the Albany County Bar Association. After an influx of donations, the student-led initiative was off and running.
“I’m blown away by how supportive our alumni, the local bar associations, and local practitioners have been,” Cox said. It’s a testament to the support within Albany Law’s community, Vidur added.
The project is one of several law school programs focused on holistic wellness. The Well- ness Initiative—made possible by gifts from Albany Law School trustee Andrea Colby ’80 and trustee emeritus James Kelly ’83—supports two annual fellows, who focus on programming to support a shift in conversation on mental, physical, emotional, and financial health. The Law Suits Profes- sional Closet, though separate from the Initiative, buttresses the financial health pillar by easing some of the monetary burden for lawyers-to-be.
“We had a student come in and pick out three gorgeous suits that probably would have cost at least $700,” Cox said. ”When she left, the smile on her face was worth a lot more than that. And that is just one example.”
To donate to the Law Suits closet, contact Olivia Cox at email@example.com.