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Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student Paperback – December 2, 2008
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"Martha Kimes's candid tale of attending Columbia Law School is Legally Blonde meets One L. Told with sweet self-awareness and pervasive wit, I couldn't help but cheer Kimes on as she faced every daunting law school challenge, transforming herself from fearful Midwesterner to cool and confident Ivy League grad. Ivy Briefs makes me want to hug Kimes...and then hire her as my attorney." -- Jen Lancaster, author of Bitter Is the New Black and Bright Lights, Big Ass
"With pitch-perfect dialogue and witty observations, Martha Kimes delivers a funny and charming look at the trials and tribulations of law school. I give Ivy Briefs an A." -- Alison Pace, author of Pug Hill and Through Thick and Thin
"Martha Kimes has written a One L for the next generation. Ivy Briefs is a great addition to the reading list for anyone even thinking about law school." -- Jeremy Blachman, author of Anonymous Lawyer
"The self-deprecating wit, catty observations and healthy sense of the absurd with which Kimes describes her approach-avoidance reactions to the world of law schol raise the bok above the ordinary ." -- Publisher's Weekly
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In short, after graduating from University of Wisconsin with a degree in psychology, Kimes floundered around about what to do with her life. Out of default, as she says, she went to law school. In fact, aided by a phenomenal LSAT score, she got into and attended Columbia. Because her decision had been made in haste, however, when she went, she didn't know what torts or commercial outlines or hornbooks or Law Review or Moot Court were. Ivy Briefs describes how she learned these lessons and went on to a successful career at Lavish Law Firm in NYC.
This is a must-read for anyone contemplating law school.
I absolutely loved the book.
The LSAT Ace: With an ego inflated by his 180 score, he thinks the law school battle is already won. Safely and humanely, Kimes will take his ego down a few notches before The Gunner gets his chance.
The current law school student: Kimes's book is perfect ammunition to fire at the loved ones in her life. "You see? It's not just me!" she proclaims, stabbing the book in the direction of anyone who dares to tell her to just chill out.
The regretful non-lawyer: Looking back on her education, I, er, I mean SHE regrets that she didn't aim higher and often wishes she'd gone to law school. Kimes detailed reflection on her education in law erases my, er, I mean HER regret as she realizes that studying law isn't something she ever would have been passionate enough about to become successful, as Kimes was. No, the passion had less to do with studying briefs than it had to do with studying Chris Noth in his briefs.
Written with humor and heart, Ivy Briefs has wide appeal.
For those who have not yet attended law school: READ THIS and take a good, hard look at yourself and where you want to be - because it could save you a lot of angst and hand-wringing down the line. For those of us who have finished law school (and are willing to be self-critical and laugh a little about people): if you want to laugh and shiver at the same time...READ THIS.
The author's wit and her critical, descriptive analysis of the caricatures surrounding her during her law school experience are simply hilarious and, unfortunately, extremely accurate. So - leave any pompous, self-righteous denial at home, check any elitism and sense of entitlement at the door, and get ready to laugh your butt off as you read about the stripped-down, bare-bones truth about law school. I have already recommended it to all my law school friends (and have given it to a few others as well)! I suggest you do the same! The book is simply AWESOME and I can't wait to read her next one!
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I didn't enjoy this book. I did not feel it was well written or particularly interesting and I am a law student. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by anna brennan
Got it mostly to make sure my law-school going friend got more of an idea of what it may be like. I liked it mostly, but she liked it more. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Forest Guy
I bought this book for a friend who is contemplating starting law school. It was recommended to me by a family member who is currently attending law school. A must read!Published on November 20, 2012 by Thomas R. Bishop Jr.
Good story, and effective way to show your family and friends what you went through in law school. For those preparing for law school or considering law school, I would recommend... Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by Leroy2006
Bought this book as a birthday gift for my daughter who is a law student, so she can relate with the book. Author is from our home town!Published on April 10, 2012 by Lou
I have read this book and I am definitely a lot clearer on the atmosphere of law school and all it has to offer and can imagine what it would be like to interact with all these... Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by AvidReader27
Martha is funny. It's true. But she's funny because it's all true.
Yes, this happens to be about a Columbia Law student who went from fish-out-of-water to "entitled"... Read more
For those of us stressing about law school this book is really fun to read, and also offers some tips about law school strategy. I would recommend this book to all 1Ls.Published on December 28, 2010 by KLive
I am surprised by some of the negative reviews. I really enjoyed this book for what it IS: an easy, lighthearted and humorous look at the author's experiences at a top law school. Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by Caroline