Coming January 17: On-campus clothing drive sponsored by Osgoode Venture Capital Law Society

Photo of Osgoode Venture Capital Law Society executive members and clothing drive co-organizers Emma Kirwin (left) and Yianni Patiniotis.
OVCLS exec members Emma Kirwin (left) and Yianni Patiniotis.

It’s a clothing conundrum: In competitive careers like law, first impressions can be last impressions if prospects don’t present a professional image.

But for some law students, having the appropriate clothing for on-campus interviews or other formal occasions is not always a luxury they can afford.

That’s why the Osgoode Venture Capital Law Society (OVCLS) is holding its first-ever clothing drive in the Goodmans LLP Junior Common Room (JCR) on the first floor of the Ignat Kaneff Building on Jan. 17 from noon to 2 p.m.

“Outside of the financial burden associated with attending law school, interviewing and recruitment periods also bear less obvious but equally burdensome costs associated with the process,” said 2L student Emma Kirwin, director of communications for the OVCLS.

“The cost of formal business attire can create an additional financial barrier that often goes unacknowledged,” she added. “Alleviating this burden can help students feel more confident, prepared and less stressed during an already stressful and arduous period.”

Yianni Patiniotis, a second-year student in the JD-MBA program and the co-director of external relations for OVCLS, said the organization hopes the inaugural clothing drive will become an annual event that involves other Osgoode student clubs.

“During the recruit and at other times when we’ve been in corporate business settings, we’ve realized how fortunate we were to not have to stress too much about the business attire that we were required to wear,” said Patiniotis.

“If anything,” he added, “we had options to choose from. But we recognized that not all our peers and colleagues have that luxury.”

OVCLS is seeking donations of lightly used suit jackets, dress pants, dress shirts, belts, ties, dress socks and shoes, including heels or flats for women.

The organizers plan to donate the clothing collected to Dress for Success Toronto and Suits Me Fine at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Osgoode students who need business attire will need to access it through those charities.