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I'm a first year law student and I already have a half sleeve on my right arm. I'm booked in to turn it into a full sleeve next month and I eventually want to get my other arm done as well. None of these tattoos are offensive. Will these tattoos be likely to hold me back or become an issue in my legal career?
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It'll depend on the firm you apply to, some will be conservative and some quite liberal. You'll probably get a feel for this in some firms when you attend vacation schemes.

From the majority that I've visited though, I certainly haven't seen many tattoo laden employees.
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(Original post by tiktok23)
I'm a first year law student and I already have a half sleeve on my right arm. I'm booked in to turn it into a full sleeve next month and I eventually want to get my other arm done as well. None of these tattoos are offensive. Will these tattoos be likely to hold me back or become an issue in my legal career?
There was a similar thread earlier today with a certain poster warning the OP all about prejudice etc.

Imo its your choice, dont have any on your face and if you are male then your arms are likely to be covered.
Law is a conservative profession, certain firms wont give a hoot (Law centres, charities, local government) if you can cover your arms up not likely to be an issue, but more commercial forms should be ok, except they are always considering whether they can put you in front of a client. I think they are a lot more accepted these days, but if someone takes a dislike you will never know.
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There was a similar thread earlier today with a certain poster warning the OP all about prejudice etc.

Imo its your choice, dont have any on your face and if you are male then your arms are likely to be covered.
Law is a conservative profession, certain firms wont give a hoot (Law centres, charities, local government) if you can cover your arms up not likely to be an issue, but more commercial forms should be ok, except they are always considering whether they can put you in front of a client. I think they are a lot more accepted these days, but if someone takes a dislike you will never know.
I'm a guy so I suppose my arms would be pretty much covered if I was wearing a suit. I definitely won't get any on my hands or neck as it would be too visible. I hope that attitudes towards tattoos have changed these days.
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I'm a guy so I suppose my arms would be pretty much covered if I was wearing a suit. I definitely won't get any on my hands or neck as it would be too visible. I hope that attitudes towards tattoos have changed these days.
They have, but it may not always be the firm but the client.
All depends what type of law you think you want to become involved in.
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Looking to get full sleeve tattoos too but don’t know if it will hinder my chances of getting a job in the finance sector, this is life, everything that a person likes has restrictions
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What sort of firm are you thinking of practising at? Never seen a visible tattoo among commercial solicitors/trainees.
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lol imagine the kind of people who would see tattoos and think "not a suitable candidate"...boring [bad word describing idiots]
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lol imagine the kind of people who would see tattoos and think "not a suitable candidate"...boring [bad word describing idiots]
Aye, harsh reality of the professional world.
I'd be covered in 'em if I decided to study something else.
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Aye, harsh reality of the professional world.
I'd be covered in 'em if I decided to study something else.
I mean it's probably silly for me to make that comment because I am not yet in the 'real' world so shouldn't comment on these things. Still though, I don't see how having tattoos should disadvantage someone...

Nah, you should go wild (don't). Having a personality is a blessing tbh
Do you have any?
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Looking to get full sleeve tattoos too but don’t know if it will hinder my chances of getting a job in the finance sector, this is life, everything that a person likes has restrictions
You arent telling us what sort of practise you are aspiring to join.
I dont think you are quite getting how conservative the legal world is and its going to be a potential issue with a certain group of people be they in the firm or in terms of clients. Certain firms wont care, because of their work others might prefer not to handle it especially as they have multiple other candidates lined up. Are you an exceptional student?
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I mean it's probably silly for me to make that comment because I am not yet in the 'real' world so shouldn't comment on these things. Still though, I don't see how having tattoos should disadvantage someone...

Nah, you should go wild (don't). Having a personality is a blessing tbh
Do you have any?
I don't either, but there still seems to be a stigma against them. I can see why they do it I suppose, it's a very 'people' orientated role and at the end of the day they want to keep their clients happy. Some people still seem to associate tattoos with being "scruffy" or unprofessional.

I do! I recently caved in and got some. I have a large half-moon on my shoulder that you can only see when I wear something strappy and one on each thigh.
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I mean it's probably silly for me to make that comment because I am not yet in the 'real' world so shouldn't comment on these things. Still though, I don't see how having tattoos should disadvantage someone...

Nah, you should go wild (don't). Having a personality is a blessing tbh
Do you have any?
Lawyers are very conservative, they exist to make money. Tattoos are hit and miss so all it takes is for a client to take a dislike or internally other lawyers and you have a potential issue, people without them dont have. Tattoos are much more accepted these days, but dont expect the legal world to embrace everything overnight. Its up to them, they are businesses and are more interested in making money. Same with facial piercings
and hair cuts.
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Lawyers are very conservative, they exist to make money. Tattoos are hit and miss so all it takes is for a client to take a dislike or internally other lawyers and you have a potential issue, people without them dont have. Tattoos are much more accepted these days, but dont expect the legal world to embrace everything overnight. Its up to them, they are businesses and are more interested in making money. Same with facial piercings
and hair cuts.
In that case, OP should only get tattoos in areas that are easy to cover. I don't think it's unreasonable for an employer to expect their employees to present themselves 'professionally'. I just wonder, is the issue tattoos (no matter how few or how small the drawings) or is it tattoos that are too 'attention-grabbing'?
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In that case, OP should only get tattoos in areas that are easy to cover. I don't think it's unreasonable for an employer to expect their employees to present themselves 'professionally'. I just wonder, is the issue tattoos (no matter how few or how small the drawings) or is it tattoos that are too 'attention-grabbing'?
The latter.
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lol imagine the kind of people who would see tattoos and think "not a suitable candidate"...boring [bad word describing idiots]
I can instinctively think of at least two valid reasons for turning these candidates away
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I can instinctively think of at least two valid reasons for turning these candidates away
Quite. I suspect they're the same reasons as I am thinking.

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I'm a first year law student and I already have a half sleeve on my right arm. I'm booked in to turn it into a full sleeve next month and I eventually want to get my other arm done as well. None of these tattoos are offensive. Will these tattoos be likely to hold me back or become an issue in my legal career?
Yes, I think it is a problem. A half sleeve could be visible through a shirt and unless you're planning on never taking your suit coat off, I don't believe the attitude of the partners at whose firm you would be doing any TC would be particularly equivocal. Two full-sleeve tattoos might be fine for a 'barista' in an artisan coffee shop in Shoreditch, less so in the rather traditional legal profession.

If you weren't planning on a 'traditional' legal career in a firm, then it could be quite different, of course.
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You will be wearing long sleeve shirts most of the time, as long as they aren't visible around the cuffs nobody will even know.
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My colleague has a sleeve but I didn’t notice until our away day when they wore a t-shirt. Just make sure it can be covered by a shirt and don’t buy cheap, see through shirts.
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I can instinctively think of at least two valid reasons for turning these candidates away
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