Last Minute Legal Halloween Costumes

[ Stephanie Baldwin, 2L at the University of Arizona ]

Last week Mackenzie, @The3LLife wrote about Legally Fantastic Costumes. They included Elle Woods, Lady Justice, The Founding Fathers and more… most required at least a little bit of planning, so I wanted to focus on last-minute suggestions for those that just realized that Halloween is a week away, and likely all of the Halloween parties are 2 days away! After all, we all can’t have a perfect Elle Woods Costumes…

Perfect Elle Exhibit A  and Perfect Elle Exhibit B

Speaking of exhibits…

Exhibit A

The simplest last-minute costume possible. Grab a name tag, label or piece of paper and just write “Exhibit A” and call it a day.

Voir Deer

I never thought I’d say it but thank you stores for stocking Christmas items before Halloween has ended.

Here, you’ll need a T-Shirt, a Sharpie and an antler headband. Stores will have a ton of these in stock, so again, easy to fully create the costume on the way to the party. All you have to do is write VOIR on the T-shirt and add the antlers. DONE!

Right to Bear Arms

Again, super easy. Just get two teddy bears, some ribbon (or some other way to attach the bears) and put them on your arms. You can make this as fancy or as basic as you want to. Here is an amazing creation, that likely took a little bit more time than running to the store on the way to the party, but hey aim high if you like!

Miss Trial…

This is easy as throwing on a nice dress and a sash (or name tag), a sharpie, and write! You can also add a crown if you like, that should be easy to find at Target on your way to the party. You can make this a solo costume or a group one… There are man possibilities… Mistrial, Misdemeanor, Misconduct…


Lawyer Dog

If you’ve taken Criminal Procedure, you have likely read the “lawyer dog” case. Essentially in State v. Demesme, 228 So. 3d 1206 (La. 2017). Demesme said “I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog cause this is not what’s up.” The court found that this was too vague to indicate he was asking for a lawyer.

Here is a great example of this costume.

Grab a name tag, and pick up some dog ears (or pons from the top of a beanie) and you are good to go.

I hope you have a great Halloween, and I would love to see your pictures!! Tag me @The2LLife on Instagram or Twitter!