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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Life update: Finals season, writing assignments, and finding time to read

Hello! It’s been quite a while since my last life update. Law school is killer the first semester because there are like no breaks. The only breaks we get are Labor Day (1 day at the beginning of the semester) and Thanksgiving break (3 days towards the end of the semester). Aside from that there is nothing. It’s nonstop school.

The semester is winding down now. We only have a few classes left before finals start in December. It’s so crazy how fast this all went.

Right now everyone is working hard on our big writing project due before Thanksgiving.  It’s not hard, just a lot to write. And since it is legal writing, you have to cite a lot. Like sometimes after every sentence. Tedious I know.

Recently, I’ve been finding time to read which is amazing. I’m not getting through as many books as I used to and I still have a ton of unread books, but I’m slowly making progress.

So that’s it from me. But before I sign off I just want to say that if you enjoy my blog or my other social channels, please consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. To do so just click here.

Thank you so much for reading. Let me know what you’re up to in the comments.

xoxo,

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Law school update: Writing assignments, midterms, and why causation matters

Hey everyone! I’m back with another law school update. This week has been very stressful to say the least. I actually wrote a haiku about it:

My life is a mess

And I’m infinitely stressed.

Adulting is hard.

This actually started as a regular poem but I didn’t know how to continue it, so I counted the syllables and found that it unintentionally ended up being a haiku.

Basically, this week we had a big writing assignment due for Legal Writing and Research. I can’t say much about it but it was long and time was not on my side. Everyone was frantically trying to get it done. I know that even some people skipped out on CrimLaw to work on it.

I also have a midterm for Torts to do this weekend. It’s timed (2 hours), and I have to do it sometime over the weekend.

Speaking of midterms, in CivPro yesterday, our professor announced that we will have a midterm sometime in the next two weeks. However, it’s not really graded. We will take it on a Wednesday and then go over it in class and give it a grade. Then we will anonymously take that grade, give it to him, and he will put it on a curve so we can see how we did.

Lastly, in Criminal law we talked about causation and my professor asked us “Why does causation matter?” and guess what? He never answered the question which is pretty typical of that class. I’m still pondering it.

In case it wasn’t obvious, I did not have much time to read this week.

Once again thank you so much for reading!

xoxo,

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Life update: I’m in law school!

Hi everyone! It’s been a while hasn’t it? So as you can tell by the title of this post, I’m in law school. These past two weeks has been crazy. I haven’t done much recreational reading but I’ve been doing a lot of reading for class.

Last week was orientation and I never socialized that hard before in my life. It was exhausting. It was a non stop flow of information. They kept throwing so much at us.

This week, school started for real and it has been so interesting. Law school is so different from undergrad but in ways I didn’t expect. Like for starters people get to class so early. Right now I’m sitting in CivPro (short for Civil Procedure) waiting for class to start. I got here around 45 minutes before class is supposed to start and all the good seats were already taken (today is the day we pick our seats because law school is all about that assigned seat life). No one in undergrad ever got to class this early. Another difference: the law building is so much quieter than any of the buildings in undergrad.

As for my classmates, people are so nice. None of that competitive spirit you see on TV and in movies.

Lastly, I’m just 4 days in and I can feel my brain changing. Like I now know what they mean when they say, “thinking like a lawyer.”

As always, thanks for reading and sticking with me as I start this new journey.

xoxo,

The future of my blog and bookstagram

As some of you already know, I will be starting law school in August and consequently, will be moving in a few weeks. With this move, some things may be changing to my blog and bookstagram.

In regards to my blog, I may not be posting as much in the beginning of July to mid July. Moving is incredibly time consuming so I probably won’t have much time to pop in here to post or read other blogs.

As for my bookstagram, I will probably be changing my theme. I will still keep the three column look and the borders, but will be making some changes. I will still keep one column of quotes because those are easy to post and people love them. I was thinking for the other two columns, for one to be indoor pictures, and the other to be outdoor pictures. I’m moving to a very beautiful city and the school I will be attending is drop dead gorgeous, so outdoor pictures is something I want to incorporate. For the indoor pictures, it will probably be a mixture of what I currently post: flat-lays and shelfies.

As for actual reading time, I have no idea how much time I will have to read. I will be going to school again, so that cuts out a lot of reading time. But, I will be living by myself (I currently live at home with my parents), so that may give me more time to read. I will keep you all updated on how it goes once I’m settled in.

Also, if you would like to help out a soon to be broke law student, please consider buying me a coffee by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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Buy me a coffee

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So I joined that “Buy me a coffee” site that I’ve seen some people use. The reason I joined is because in August I will be a first year law student and let’s be real, law school isn’t cheap (especially here in California)! Any spare money would be greatly appreciated.

If you want to buy me a coffee just click here.

Thanks for reading and for your support!

xoxo,

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