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    (I need to procrastinate)

    I've seen a couple of inactive threads like this, but, well, a new one should always be good fun.

    What's the best law firm merch you've ever seen or been given at an Open Day/Career Fair/Interview?

    Mine has to be the Davis Polk's EU-US-UK travel adaptor. Second place narrowly goes to Slaughter and May's unbelievably high quality mechanical pencil.
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    My idea of good merch is how long it lasts and whether you still use it. Several years on I am still using the following:

    Slaughters pen - such good quality!

    Shoosmiths used to give out powerbanks - I have a couple that help me when my phone battery decides to pack up

    Baker & McKenzie (know they have now dropped the & ) still have their bottle opener on my keyring, although the branding has rubbed off over the years.

    Have so many mugs, water bottles and bags for life they all blur into one.

    Was lucky as my firm gave away food/sweets, so it was always easy to trade freebies at the end of the law fair with other firms' representatives who were always desperate for a sugar hit after a long afternoon talking to students.

    Used to give hoodies away at open days.

    A fair proportion of the things I own have been gathered via corporate merch over the years. The good stuff is from the corporate marketing department, rather than what they give out to students though!
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    (I need to procrastinate)

    I've seen a couple of inactive threads like this, but, well, a new one should always be good fun.

    What's the best law firm merch you've ever seen or been given at an Open Day/Career Fair/Interview?

    Mine has to be the Davis Polk's EU-US-UK travel adaptor. Second place narrowly goes to Slaughter and May's unbelievably high quality mechanical pencil.
    Did you get the charger at an interview? If so, can't believe I'm a year late :/

    For me it's a S&S mug and macfarlanes' mamazing pen. S&M also comes close for their super high quality document folder!

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    (Original post by _Fergo)
    Did you get the charger at an interview? If so, can't believe I'm a year late :/

    For me it's a S&S mug and macfarlanes' mamazing pen. S&M also comes close for their super high quality document folder!

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    Nah, they've rolled them out for their Careers Fairs

    I haven't seen the Slaughters document folder or pen, so I'm feeling slightly neglected (I do have a lot of pencils to compensate for that though)

    Edit: Is the Macfarlanes pen one of those regular thin uniball ones with the firm's branding on it, or something special?
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    Used to give hoodies away at open days
    Speaking of hoodies, the Shearman & Sterling hoodie has such a nice, thick, premium feel to it
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    Speaking of hoodies, the Shearman & Sterling hoodie has such a nice, thick, premium feel to it
    One of the perks of working in grad rec was getting free samples of freebies to work out which one to go with each year and the merch companies sending you lots of freebies. My hoodie collection is made up of these samples, and the best part it none of them are branded with corporate logos 😂.
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    One of the perks of working in grad rec was getting free samples of freebies to work out which one to go with each year and the merch companies sending you lots of freebies. My hoodie collection is made up of these samples, and the best part it none of them are branded with corporate logos 😂.
    You mean that anyone would mind walking around with 'HEAD START' plastered on their backs?
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    You mean that anyone would mind walking around with 'HEAD START' plastered on their backs?
    😂

    I did wonder how much hoodies would actually be worn on campus, which is basically the only reason they are given out (cheapest form of advertising going if they are).
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    😂

    I did wonder how much hoodies would actually be worn on campus, which is basically the only reason they are given out (cheapest form of advertising going if they are).
    Erm... they're not.

    Even our campus ambassadors seem to be reluctant to show off their A&O or NRF hoodies on the day of a Career Fair (when you'd think that they would come in dressed in them).

    Probably because both are some variant of bright red.
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    Erm... they're not.

    Even our campus ambassadors seem to be reluctant to show off their A&O or NRF hoodies, even on the day of a Career Fair (when you'd think that they would come in dressed in them).

    Probably because both are some variant of bright red.
    Even if they are worn so infrequently, it still is ridiculously cheap advertising option.

    Although there’s so many campus ambassadors these days, even if they were worn it would be a sea of corporate logos.
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    I've never got a hoody!

    Most useful I've got has had to be a AS/Trowers waterbottle.

    My best merch was from a chambers but it was a stress shaped as a barrister with a wig!
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    Erm... they're not.

    Even our campus ambassadors seem to be reluctant to show off their A&O or NRF hoodies on the day of a Career Fair (when you'd think that they would come in dressed in them).

    Probably because both are some variant of bright red.
    Really? Our try-hard law soc president used to be turn up with a different hoodie each lecture.

    Then again, he couldn't even get a VS. More of a lady doth protest too much scenario, but still quite common to see them about campus.
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    Really? Our try-hard law soc president used to be turn up with a different hoodie each lecture.

    Then again, he couldn't even get a VS. More of a lady doth protest too much scenario, but still quite common to see them about campus.
    People like that are cancer. You'd honestly never guess who the most successful VS/TC applicants are by looking at what they are wearing. One of our guys used to come in dressed like a tramp for the entire year, only for us to discover that he had gotten onto the CC Springboard Scheme and gotten a TC offer at the start of second year.

    I honestly haven't seen a single professional services logo on campus, which is interesting given that you'd expect us to have a high concentration of City wannabes. Then again, perhaps the authentic City wannabes see wearing branded merch as being tacky (which it is ngl)

    Side note: I do enjoy using the ridiculously heavy Travers Smith pen. It feels like a fountain pen made out of cold brushed metal, albeit one that is actually a ballpoint :/
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    People like that are cancer. You'd honestly never guess who the most successful VS/TC applicants are by looking at what they are wearing. One of our guys used to come in dressed like a tramp for the entire year, only for us to discover that he had gotten onto the CC Springboard Scheme and gotten a TC offer at the start of second year.

    I honestly haven't seen a single professional services logo on campus, which is interesting given that you'd expect us to have a high concentration of City wannabes. Then again, perhaps the authentic City wannabes see wearing branded merch as being tacky (which it is ngl)

    Side note: I do enjoy using the ridiculously heavy Travers Smith pen. It feels like a fountain pen made out of cold brushed metal, albeit one that is actually a ballpoint :/
    I think maybe the different might be, to my naive mind, is that LSE being in London, you come across genuine City types who might snigger at you flashing your stuff about. On campuses, we are a little more isolated (and colder!), so there is less judgement and genuine need to escape hypothermia.


    The one everyone wore are the Law School law-firm sponsored ones, which are OK. Your year of entry on the front, law school name, and some doss logos on the back. Haha, even worse, people wear them to socials (again, we are less cultured at campus unis). Makes socialising a lot easier, as the law lot are more likely to pop up and introduce themselves, knowing you're law and that you're in their year or that you're year above and can teach them some land law stuff.

    To be fair, the only free stuff I have taken are some Cadbury Roses -- from a young (lady) associate who wouldn't take no for an answer. I wish I could contribute more meaningfully to this thread hahaha.
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    (Original post by Notorious_B.I.G.)
    The one everyone wore are the Law School law-firm sponsored ones, which are OK. Your year of entry on the front, law school name, and some doss logos on the back. Haha, even worse, people wear them to socials (again, we are less cultured at campus unis). Makes socialising a lot easier, as the law lot are more likely to pop up and introduce themselves, knowing you're law and that you're in their year or that you're year above and can teach them some land law stuff.
    They are probably contractually obliged to wear them at socials.

    London universities have a completely different attitude to these things compared to other universities, and LSE is definitely the worst offender (their law soc are typically a nightmare to deal with where they can get sponsorship money so easily).

    Cambridge have a good approach of selling law soc hoodies to anyone, but they have basically paid for by law firms who sponsor a batch of them, and that batch has the firm’s logo on and is typically a particular colour (usually aligned to the firms brand).
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    (Original post by Notorious_B.I.G.)
    I think maybe the different might be, to my naive mind, is that LSE being in London, you come across genuine City types who might snigger at you flashing your stuff about. On campuses, we are a little more isolated (and colder!), so there is less judgement and genuine need to escape hypothermia.


    The one everyone wore are the Law School law-firm sponsored ones, which are OK. Your year of entry on the front, law school name, and some doss logos on the back. Haha, even worse, people wear them to socials (again, we are less cultured at campus unis). Makes socialising a lot easier, as the law lot are more likely to pop up and introduce themselves, knowing you're law and that you're in their year or that you're year above and can teach them some land law stuff.

    To be fair, the only free stuff I have taken are some Cadbury Roses -- from a young (lady) associate who wouldn't take no for an answer. I wish I could contribute more meaningfully to this thread hahaha.
    I don't even have a lawsoc hoodie

    I fully get your point - when you find yourself cutting across the City to get to uni, you don't want to be seen in anything but your sharpest casualwear. Given that lots of first years find themselves walking through Temple in particular, I would love to see what sort of responses wearing a solicitor hoodie would elicit from the locals

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    They are probably contractually obliged to wear them at socials.

    London universities have a completely different attitude to these things compared to other universities, and LSE is definitely the worst offender (their law soc are typically a nightmare to deal with where they can get sponsorship money so easily).

    Cambridge have a good approach of selling law soc hoodies to anyone, but they have basically paid for by law firms who sponsor a batch of them, and that batch has the firm’s logo on and is typically a particular colour (usually aligned to the firms brand).
    This sounds sexy. Better than what LSE and UCL do, which is dark blue + any ol' sponsor logo on the back (that logo used to be just HSF, which is nice and discrete, but it has since been complemented by 50 others which look disgusting).

    I'm guessing that Cambridge can afford to sell LawSoc hoodies because of the much larger number of non-law students who wanna go into law, which creates a nice body of potential buyers. Whereas we face the issue of losing the few law students who do want to work in the UK to investment banking...

    Actually, now that you brought up the topic of sponsorship, I have some gossip: some genius in the LawSoc a few years ago turned down additional funding from Shearman (they're only a 'Bronze' sponsor now) in favour of some decent-ish firms like CMS and Dentons (who are both Gold iirc). I still wonder why they couldn't have made all three 'Silvers'.
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    Actually, now that you brought up the topic of sponsorship, I have some gossip: some genius in the LawSoc a few years ago turned down additional funding from Shearman (they're only a 'Bronze' sponsor now) in favour of some decent-ish firms like CMS and Dentons (who are both Gold iirc). I still wonder why they couldn't have made all three 'Silvers'.
    Because they had probably already sold the silvers on the basis there would only be a certain number of firms on that tier of sponsorship, and so would have breached the agreement with the other two firms.

    Apart from rejecting people, the one thing I probably hated the most was negotiating sponsorship agreements. So many times was tried to be held to ransom by law soc presidents or treasurers.
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    They are probably contractually obliged to wear them at socials.
    The ambassadors and such? Probably, and if not, it makes their job easier to wear it anyway. But I meant that our law school gave out about 450 to every law student, every year, for free. We all used to wear them on campus and to socials, and what I didn't want to admit, is I did too.

    Then I was in Kings Cross and saw an Oxford Law School one, felt bad, and vowed never to wear mine again.

    London universities have a completely different attitude to these things compared to other universities, and LSE is definitely the worst offender (their law soc are typically a nightmare to deal with where they can get sponsorship money so easily).
    Do you think it is likely different because of the lack of campus environment? We are a lot more willing to walk about in PJs, attend lectures with slippers, and just be general grotbags.

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    I don't even have a lawsoc hoodie

    I fully get your point - when you find yourself cutting across the City to get to uni, you don't want to be seen in anything but your sharpest casualwear. Given that lots of first years find themselves walking through Temple in particular, I would love to see what sort of responses wearing a solicitor hoodie would elicit from the locals
    Aww bless, we must source one for you. As I was walking home it did often led to drunkards asking if I would represent them, should the night end badly for them. So it helps you make friends with other law students, and the dastardly locals.

    And as far as I could tell, these were distributed by the Law School rather than the law soc. The law soc had their own specific hoodies, which were much more garish. Maybe I am being ignorant on this one -- J-SP will no doubt correct me.
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    Maybe it’s a case of where so many were given out, it became more acceptable. This is the first instance I have heard of a law faculty giving hoodies to everyone - only ones I have heard of or sponsored have been via the law society (either exec ones or subsidised ones that law society members can buy).

    I don’t think it’s the lack of campus environment as such. I think it is more that the university is at the entrance to the city of London.

    Plus if there is a very high international student population, this usually creates a “well dressed” attitude. At LSE it isn’t uncommon to see students carrying handbags that cost as much as a UK student’s tuition fees.
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    Maybe it’s a case of where so many were given out, it became more acceptable. This is the first instance I have heard of a law faculty giving hoodies to everyone - only ones I have heard of or sponsored have been via the law society (either exec ones or subsidised ones that law society members can buy).
    There's always a first! It is done every year, and it's the Law School name and only a single sponsor on the back.

    Not sure why I am saying this, if my old Law School is literally the only one which does this.
 
 
 
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