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Lawyer Boy: A Case Study on Growing Up
After college, Rick Lax moved back into his parents’ house. The closest thing he had to a job was eating his parents’ food, sitting on his parents’ couch, and watching The Price is Right. An amateur magician, he spent the rest of his time practicing card tricks and rope tricks. And though he could tie four different slipknots, the necktie posed some difficulties.
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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The author, a twenty-something amateur magician who lives with his parents, comes from a family of lawyers, and eventually resigns himself to following in his father’s footsteps. He recounts, with flair and humor, his struggle with the LSAT, his entrance to DePaul Law School, and his experiences with the professors there – some good, some frustrating. He also manages to spice things up with a romantic relationship with a very attractive girl, but eventually law school demands too much attention, ...more
I'll be the first to admit that my interest in all things law-related rarely goes beyond Law & Order and an occasional John Grisham novel. I've never had any interest in pursuing law (a decision this memoir confirmed), and I don't particularly like lawyers either. I heard about Lawyer Boy through one of my favorite bands, Tally Hall, whose members are close friends with author Rick Lax. Out of curiosity, I read the first chapter on Lax's website and was hooked from the first word. Unlike oth ...more
This book gets three stars for truth, but for entertainment value would probably only be getting two and a half. As the girlfriend of a former law school student, I can vouch that nearly all of Rick Lax's experiences had a very familiar ring, but the main trouble with this book is that it gets its audience wrong. Lax compulsively footnotes explanations of legal terms and liberally drops big chunks of case excerpts into the narrative. I wanted to read this book based on the fact that I was living ...more
As a current law school applicant, this book was a lot more helpful and insightful than Scott Turow's One L. Although, of course Turow's book is a classic and should be read in preparation anyway. Lax's book is way more updated and shows the challenges that law students face today. It also hit close to home since I'm from Chicago, have seen DePaul and a lot of the places Lax mentions. Lax shares some pretty funny experiences when it comes to the individuals you encounter in law school. He also d ...more
Fairly interesting year in the life of a law student book. I bought it because I thought it was more about being a young attorney, but instead it was solely about the first year of law school. Although this has been done before (most famously in One L), I think this was a refreshing retake on the experience. Instead of Harvard, this author went to DePaul (a 2nd or 3rd tier law school). He, and his classmates, didn't really go to law school to be lawyers, they went because they didn't know how to ...more
While I enjoyed the book - thanks to Lax's witty style - I think it's best enjoyed by lawyers and future lawyers. The story covers his first year of law school and lessons learned along the way - literally. In between his personal adventures are clips of cases he had to study and many legal terms. Thank God for the foot notes! Fans of his magic might be interested in this if only to understand his background
This book is the rare instance where you say I (possibly specifically me, Margaret) could have written this, and that makes it brilliant instead of annoying and self-indulgent. Lax is hysterical but all of it is with content that has a purpose in being conveyed--he's not just throwing out one-liners. Witty footnotes add to an already hilarious tale of his reluctance to apply to law school, his admissions process, and his eventual matriculation and how he balances it with a social life and moochi ...more
A friend in law school prevailed upon me to read this book. It was pretty entertaining. It left me with a general impression that law school is a deeply, almost ridiculously unpleasant experience for virtually everyone who endures it. I also, rather paradoxically, came away with a bizarre and somewhat perverse desire to take the LSAT just to see how I'd do. Probably not something I will ever follow through on, though the practice test on the Princeton Review site is strangely tempting . . .
Easy read. I think I finished it in a day. I found the family/personal stuff in the book a lot more interesting than the law school related stuff. I graduated from law school 3 years ago and I'm kind of over reading about life during law school. I think that is why the book is so good. The writer is funny and tells interesting facts about himself and his life. Therefore, you can enjoy the book without necessarily having an interest in law school.
Meh. Would be funnier if I didn't go to law school. I don't really see why this guy can regurgitate cases and basic, black letter law and call it part of his book. It seems like it is intended for a non-legal audience, in a way that would make law school seem more interesting or impressive than it actually is. It's not. And everybody's doing it.
Fairly accurate depiction of one's first year of law school. Despite being written by a pretentious know-it-all, this makes the book even more authentic. At times, I wanted to reach through and punch the author in the face (he was the Torts Brown-noser), but it was fairly entertaining, and it can be read in an afternoon.
For a pre law student, I strongly recommend reading this book. It is insightful and has a lot of little information and advice in it that you just dont get from Kaplan or other LSAT prep books. The story line and dialogue is excellent and enjoyable as well. I wish that it would never end!