BPP has told students taking the Bar training course that they will be penalised during their advocacy assessment if they wear short skirts, "Kinky boots" or other attire deemed unsuitable.
The list of prohibited clothing was set out in a manual given to students and reproduced in the table below. BPP put the most important points in all caps to emphasise that suits should be DOUBLE BREASTED or 3-PIECE, and that shirts must be done UP so as not to reveal your disgusting devil's pillows. But boots for women are OK. As long as they don't have straps or stilettos or colours, which could send BPP's mind to the bad place.
A BPP spokeswoman in Amish dress told RollOnFriday that it was "exceptionally rare" for any student to be penalised. She said that the guidance was given as "good preparation for practice" because it listed clothing that "could adversely affect the advocate in court". She added that "the list has not been revised for a long time" (1811) and that it would be "reconsidered before the next publication".
The manual, first reported by the Legal Cheek blog, states that students can also be docked points for scruffy hair, dirty clothes or if their appearance is "generally poor". And it forbids the soap-dodging grotbags which BPP knows are infested with lice and STIs from wearing "inappropriate" jewellery. The number of points to be deducted if a student puts their hands in their pockets is to be determined "by how long the hand is in the pocket, and whether it is one or both hands".