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4 Clever Halloween Costumes for Lawyers and Law Students

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on October 26, 2016 11:13 AM

Halloween isn't just about candy and celebrating the undead. It's about showing everyone else that you're better than them when it comes to dressing up. Much better. After all, no one wants to be the guy with a store-bought Pizza Rat costume at the office party. You're smarter and funnier than that.

So, if you're still looking for Halloween inspiration, here are four suggestions that we think will help you win Halloween.

1. Zombie Scalia

Justice Scalia might be gone, but he's not forgotten. Scalia's impact on the Supreme Court and American law will be long felt. Scalia's influence, after all, has touched the brains of a generation of jurists. Is it too much to say that he's eaten those brains, too? We don't think so.

2. Justice Ginsburg and Donald Trump

There will be plenty of Hillarys and Donalds this Halloween, but will there be many RBG and DT pairings? Her Notoriousness made waves this summer when said she "couldn't even contemplate" a Trump administration and joked that she'd have to move to New Zealand should he win. That led to a feud with the Donald, one he returned to in the last presidential debate.

So, if you want a truly odd couple costume this Halloween, go as this pair. If you're a Trump supporter, you can even have Ginsburg carry a suitcase. (If you're not into the Trump pairing, Ginsburg and Kaepernick would be a decent alternative.)

3. Classic 1L Caselaw

You don't have to be a law student to love a 1L-inspired law costume. So why not let your first year reading be your muse? Here's some ideas: dress as a woman from the 20s and carry around scales and fireworks (Palsgraf); put on a sailor's suit and paint a few bite marks on your face (R v. Dudley and Stephens); dress as a chicken and when people ask you what you are, respond, pedantically, with "Indeed, what is chicken?" (Frigaliment Importing Co. v. BNS International Sales Corp, duh).

The possibilities are (almost) endless.

4. A Clown / The First Amendment

Stand up for your free speech rights while jumping on the creepy clown bandwagon. Spooky clowns have been spotted across America, leading to plenty of copy-cat appearances and fears of criminal, killer clowns. Cue the moral panic. Schools in Ohio have been shut down due to the "clown threat," police in England are on the hunt for clowns, and some towns have taken to banning the costumes all together -- a likely First Amendment violation.

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