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Clothes make exam candidates

"I have my oral exam next week and I still don't really know what to wear" - not a rare problem in relevant law forums. We also received these and similar questions by email on the occasion of the exam period that is now pending in many federal states. What is appropriate without looking excessive? What impression does the choice of clothing make on the examiners? And what can test items guaranteed not go wrong with?

Friederike Neike, Vice President of the Joint Legal Examination Office of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, cannot remember an outlier when it came to choosing clothes. "In all the years in which I took exams, I had the feeling with all students that they were aware of the special importance of this day and that they weren't just dressing up because of a supposedly better grade," she said. "But even if someone did not come in a suit or in a suit or trouser suit, I would not attach any importance to this fact. The first priority is professional performance. The overall impression also includes appearance and manners."

Michael Ehrmanntraut from the Justice Examination Office of the Hessian Ministry of Justice has a similar experience: "In 20 years I have not seen a candidate who was dressed inappropriately. And even if it were so, it would not have any influence on the assessment." Occasionally it happens that someone does not wear a tie or has chosen slippers with a suit, Ehrmanntraut has also experienced the combination of sackcloth and jeans. "But that doesn't matter at this moment." Rather, it is the content that matters in the oral exam. On the other hand, he would be critical if a candidate wore a T-shirt with radical slogans on the day of the exam. "That would attract negative attention," believes the examiner. By the way, religious symbols such as a headscarf are not a problem, emphasizes Ehrmanntraut.

Lawyer advising on fashion recommends "business outfit that makes you feel good"

Not only in the law, but also in the choice of clothes, the question now arises: What is "appropriate", especially on such an important day? Dr. Laura Kubach, a lawyer with her own fashion label for legal robes, has a tip: "You should choose clothes that you feel comfortable in and that you appear confident in." Clothes make the man, it is not for nothing that the saying goes. Therefore: "A business outfit does something with your own feelings. You exude more competence than with everyday clothes", Kubach is convinced. Even if students who otherwise wear different clothes initially feel a little disguised in the unfamiliar textiles, the owner of her established label Garde-Robe doesn't think that's so bad: "After all, as a candidate I'm really something special and different that day than on other days. "

For men, she recommends a two-piece suit with a tie and a light blue or white shirt. "It looks fresh and well rested - even if you aren't necessarily," says Kubach. In her opinion, women should choose between a suit with a blouse and skirt or a trouser suit - that is a question of type and taste, according to the lawyer. "Some just feel safer in a pantsuit than in a skirt."

For men and women, the following applies: The shoes should not be uncomfortable, even if the day is largely spent sitting. Because as soon as you enter the examination room, well-fitting shoes can do wonders for self-confidence.

And what about a lot of bling-bling? "The jewelry should be subtle," recommends Kubach. She personally thinks it's nice to wear a piece of jewelry that means something to her and that may have helped her in other difficult situations - such as an heirloom from her grandmother. And your last tip: Don't think about what your wardrobe will have for the day of the exam the night before. The clothes should be ready in good time, clean and freshly ironed. "Anything else just makes you nervous," says the lawyer.

Literally the time on the neck: "A wristwatch is important"

Carolin Münch went shopping around three months before her oral exam. "I wanted to study intensively in the last few weeks before the exam and get the subject of clothing out of my head," reports the student at the University of Bonn. She opted for a classic pant suit because she felt most comfortable with it. "My fellow test candidates had also given their thoughts and came in classic gray, black or dark blue," recalls the 25-year-old.

Your exam took place in the summer. Since it was hot that day, the examiners offered the examinees to take off their blazers and jackets. "Anyone who decides on an outfit should therefore also consider the time of year in which the test takes place," says Münch's tip. What she wouldn't have wanted to miss: her wristwatch. "The wall clock in the room for the exam interviews was hanging in my back. So I was glad that I was able to quickly check my own clock to see how much time I had left."

Even if the nerves are often on edge before the exam: In the end, prospective lawyers do more than well with a classic outfit.

Exceptions prove the rule. A former colleague of Prüfer Ehrmanntraut's experience saw someone come unshaven and come to the exam in jeans and a T-shirt. It later emerged that the examinee's apartment had burned down the night before, but that he still wanted to take the exam that day. He also passed.