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One L by Scott Turow
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Mar 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: library-copy
Read in March, 2010

Law school sounds pretty scary. This book is the result of a journal kept by Turow during his first year at Harvard Law School. The characters are pretty memorable: the tyrannical professor; the cutthroat classmate; the classmate who insists on fighting the system; the classmate who bursts into tears almost every day. This is considered recommended reading for anyone considering law school, and it's pretty sobering. Some things have changed since it was written (in 1975-76) but some things haven't. Turow doesn't spare himself, either - his portrayal of his own weaknesses (both academic and personal) can be pretty bleak. A quick read, but a good one. I learned a lot about what to expect from law school, and what to watch out for.

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