- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143119028
- ISBN-13: 978-0143119029
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 272 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School Paperback – December 28, 2010
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Scott Turow is the author of over ten internationally bestselling books, including Identical, Limitations, Ordinary Heroes, Ultimate Punishment, and Reversible Errors. He lives in Chicago, where he is a partner at a law firm and teaches fiction writing at Northwestern University.
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In my case, I graduated law school 25 years ago, but recently completed the LLM & SJD degrees. While this book describes law school culture prevalent back in "my day," I've also seen an immense cultural shift in law schools over the past years. Thus, some of the "hard" aspects of the 1L experience have softened a bit, but certain things have not (e.g., student anxiety).
Because it is non-fiction, the circumstances make it an interesting read in the beginning, but it does not have a plot nor a direction, nothing really gets 'developed' and once you are acquainted with the setting, it becomes less interesting towards the end. I had to google the author (I didn't know who he was) and only after reading his Wiki entry could I motivate myself to finish the book.
Also, I am reading it as a thirty-something who's had more life experience than the author did at the point of his writing. Thus some of the difficulties he faced are things I can identify with but consider trivial now. It may be more interesting and useful as a heads up to a slightly younger audience.