Review: Bad Lawyer

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Rating: ★★★★

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (Hachette Books) in exchange for an honest review. 

What a wild ride!

I’m just about to graduate law school so I thought it was the perfect time to read this book. 

Even though the author is a white woman from a privileged background and I am an Asian American woman, I still related to her and her experiences becoming disenchanted by the law. I agree with a lot of her issues with the legal profession and system. She went into criminal law, a field I have no interest in, but I am not surprised by her experiences or her realizations. The legal system is incredibly archaic and it can be frustrating because of that. 

Even law school itself makes no sense sometimes. She writes in relation to summer jobs,

“representatives from all the top law firms in the country came…and interviewed students for their 2Ls summer jobs, which are said to determine the rest of our legal careers. Why? I have no idea. It was just something we all knew and all accepted.”

pg. 83

That is a true statement and just highlights how cookie cutter becoming a lawyer can be.

I loved how the author explained everything so simply. For example, she explains all the basics of law school in such uncomplicated language. She really provided an in-depth overview of all things law school. She even mentions bar review which was something I was super confused about when I first started law school (I naively thought it was when 3Ls studied for the bar exam, but it’s actually when law students go out to a bar for drinks). 

If the author needs an idea for another book, she should totally do a “Law School For Dummies” type of book. Her writing style is so accessible (unlike most law books) so even the lay person can understand what she’s saying. This probably stems from her inability to master the Bluebook (another archaic legal gatekeeping tool or as she puts it, “The cursed Bluebook is filled with ways to make the law inaccessible to non lawyers. That’s what the law is all about— making what should be accessible esoteric to keep lawyer salaries high” (pg. 66)). 

I did feel that the book lost a bit of its steam towards the end. It felt a little lost, like the author didn’t quite know how to end the book. Because of that, the last few chapters were disjointed from the first half of the book. The last chapters dealt with how messed up the criminal justice system is and I felt that those chapters could have been a jumping off point for a whole other book. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this memoir on the realities of being lawyer. I really recommend this if you are interested in becoming a lawyer. Not everything she says may apply to you, but it does give honest insight into the profession. 


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Law school update: Cold calls, free food, and endless CivPro reading

Hey everyone! Today I am finishing up week 4 of law school and I’m doing ok. I’m surviving. Lol. This week has felt so long but TGIF! I don’t have any doctrinal classes today so that’s good.

This week I got cold called (finally) in two of my classes. In Criminal Law I got cold called on Monday but I got lucky that it was for question 3 since we had the option of doing either 3 or 6. I did 6 so I was let off the hook. I was so scared he was going to come back to me for that question (he didn’t!). Then on Wednesday I got cold called in Torts but I knew that was coming because she does panel style cold call where she makes her way through the rows so that you know when you’ll be up. Yesterday I was worried that I would get called on in CivPro, to complete the holy trinity of cold calling, but I didn’t.

Wednesday was the student organization fair and there was free food. Law school loves to give its students free food. There was pizza and ice cream. It was a nice way to relax before Criminal Law. It was a good thing too because Crim Law was a hot mess that evening.

In terms of reading, I’ve managed to read half of My Plain Jane this week but my main reading has been for CivPro. CivPro is a monster of a class when it comes to reading. Like 40-50 pages (which is like 4-5 cases) each class and it’s so dry and dense. CivPro is not riveting material. Personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction..how exciting. Luckily my professor for that class is pretty cool. One time he even made a Burger King poem full of puns (we had a Burger King related case that day).

So yeah that has been my law school week in a nutshell basically.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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