Why do Lawyers wear black?
Among the many inquisitive questions one could ask in this universe, the above is a very famous one.
I mean how did the founding fathers of the law settled on the dress code for lawyers, and why is it that among all the colours in the world they chose BLACK?!
Traditionally, people read Soo many meanings into that.
A number of people have deducted negative meaning from the black.
Some feel it serves to represent mystery, other people see it as a sign of opaqueness which translates to a lack of transparency.
Religious people will even tell you straight forward that black is the colour of the devil…Satan…Lucifer or whatever name they chose to address him by.
I digress. The question was and is still: why do Lawyers wear black?
I am sure that you may be surprised to find out that most people do not know why this is so, they just sort of “grew into the understanding” that Lawyers, WEAR black and white.
Interestingly, some of those who practice Law are not even privy to why they have to wear black and white!
One day I went to town and talked to a number of people, and it will AMAZE YOU what some law practitioners and senior level law students had to say when asked why they wore black and white.
They were simply as much in the dark as some of those other people who were not expected to know anyways.
So let us handle this big question in this write-up.
Why do Lawyers wear Black and White?
There are numerous explanations actually.
One which is widely regarded is that this dress code dates back to at least the 17th century. When Queen Mary II died of smallpox in 1694, her ‘widower’, King William III was said to have ordered all judges and lawyers to attend court wearing black gowns as a token of public mourning for the queen.
It so occurred that the order was never formally rescinded.
However, lawyers according to history liked and adopted the uniform because it gave them a distinct intimidating presence in the court.
Lawyers and Judges put on black and white because black is a colour on which no other colour can be painted.
In simple terms, what this means is that the decision of the Judge is final, you cannot tweak it in any way.
For Lawyers it means that they are meticulous with their opinions, thoughts, interpretations of the law and processes, they in any respect are not ready to compromise.
They are also static or he or she is not prepared in anyway to leave what they said.
White is symbolic of purity (peace) and transparency.
It means that the judge’s decision is very pure in every aspect. For the lawyers, it means the arguments advanced are based on facts as the lawyer is furnished with, without any iota of adulteration or conscious machination.
Whether for professional or convenience reasons, (we must understand that black is after all a colour that works well with any other colour as far as dressing is concerned) One thing is certain.
Black works for lawyers so much.
This is because of the fact that the black cloak not only make lawyers look smart and attractive, it also makes lawyers appear dignified and professional as they indeed are.
As a matter of fact, it has been severally said that black is the colour of professionalism. In addition, the black apparel gives off the notion of seriousness and soberness, a concentration on the job at hand which serves to inspire confidence in their clients.