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Product Details

  • Series: Career Guides
  • Paperback: 619 pages
  • Publisher: Gilbert; 1 edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0159004535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0159004531
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kimm Walton was born in London, England. She split her childhood between England and the United States. She went to college at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where she majored in Accounting. When she graduated, the only thing she knew for sure was that accounting was not the career for her.

She went on to law school at Case Western. After graduating without a job, she jumped at the first offer she got, which was to write a book about investing in biotechnology. When that book went on to earn the publisher three million dollars, she decided that perhaps writing was the career for her after all. She created a series of legal study aids that she believed would help law students learn better by making them laugh. Every publisher she approached rejected her idea, saying that law students have no sense of humor. Determined to see her ideas in print, she wrote a business plan, raised a million dollars, and started a publishing company of her own. She lived in her parents' basement, wrote study aids, and got rejected by every law school bookstore in the country. After three years of constant rejection, bookstores finally agreed to give her products a try. Since then, law students nationwide have spent more than twenty-five million dollars on the study aids she created. You may know it - it's Law In A Flash, the flash cards in the yellow boxes.

After selling Law In A Flash, Kimm turned her attention to other writing projects. She has written three books - "Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams," "America's Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree," and "The Best of the Job Goddess," a collection of her favorite "Dear Job Goddess" columns, which you can find on-line.

She has authored travel articles about Australia and the Caribbean, as well as fourteen feature-length screenplays. In the last four years, she has visited more than a hundred and twenty law schools around the country, and talked to more than twenty thousand law students. In 1999, she took time off from her writing career to get married, and honeymoon in French Polynesia. Last summer, she wrote her latest book, "What Law School Doesn't Teach You … But You Really Need To Know." It's in bookstores now. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David on April 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is well written and has a lot of do's and don'ts of the practical legal world. The author speaks a lot about what to do on the job and frequently gives a few good ideas. A huge percentage of those ideas are supported by real-life anecdotes from various legal professionals. The major problem I had with it, is that throughout almost the entire book I kept finding myself saying, "Yeah, duh." As just one of many many potential examples, there is an anecodote about a summer clerk who goes into a firm, whines that he needs his own office and is allowed to use the office of a lawyer who is out sick. The lawyer wants to connect to her computer from home, so the summer clerk is told he absolutely cannot touch the computer. The clerk does so anyway thus preventing the lawyer from being able to connect to the computer and gaining for the clerk the contempt of everyone in the office. There are a lot of little stories like this where somebody does something just blatantly stupid (and a smaller number where somebody does something blatantly correct). Some of the stories are amusing but are almost always connected to advice that seems really obvious. If you think you have really poor judgement then by all means read this book.
I also found the organization a little irritating. There were no distinct chapter breaks. Although it's got a very methodical organization scheme, it READS as though it's one big continuous text. I like to read at night and stop at the end of a chapter. I kept feeling as though if I were to stop reading I would be cutting an idea midstream and that irritated the heck out of me.
In the book's defense, it is well written and the text flows nicely. There's a wonderfully colloquial feel to how it reads.
I've been reading a lot of law school prep-type books of late and this one was not my favorite. It's not terrible, but it doesn't seem entirely useful to me either.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "rainpaw" on November 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was very informative as far as a typical 9-5 workday of a lawyer, but most of her strategies are common sense. Seriously, anyone who doesn't know business manners shoudln't be a lawyer anyway. Its common sense to dress appropriately, to never crack raunchy jokes to a partner, or to speak of how hot another attorney's wife is. If you have any common sense, spend your money on a more practical book with better advice or educational value.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kenneth.harris@law.duke.edu on October 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Although I was very skeptical when I first bought this book, I was pleasantly surprised. I want to work in a law firm but was very disappointed with my first summer associate experience (and the outcome). I turned to this book to offer a fresh perspective and insight. I found it.
In this present climate of law firm cut-backs and recession, law students need all the help they can get. This book is very informative and offers great tidbits to keep the summer associate on his/her toes. It offers great stories (some ridiculous and others sad), humor, and a easy to read style. It also presents a multitude of information about a young associate's life in the law firm. Most importantly (for a law student), the book gives the reader the inside scoop on what law firms want and how to best go about showing your best side at all times and to keep your eyes on the "prize" (a job offer).
This book does not offer jobs and it is not a cure-all for personality problems or adverse attitudes. But it does offer the reader insight into what law firms want out of their summer associates and young associates. It also gives insight into the reality of work and play at a law firm.
Listen, the book is not expensive - but it could be costly if you don't read it and want to work in a law firm. I have given the book to friends and they have all stated that they wished they had read it LAST year! I strongly encourage 1Ls, 2Ls, and (especially today) 3Ls to read this book and to take a fresh look at the way they handle themselves.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daragh Carter on April 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm a starting 1L at Univ. of Houston Law this Fall and bought this book initially because the title got my attention. Boiled down, it's a refreshingly informal "How to" guide for summer internships and new associates. Some of the advice (e.g. on etiquette) might strike you as "Yeah, well of course...everyone knows that", but that doesn't mean we can't benefit from the occasional reminder! The bulk of the advice in the book though will be new information and most helpful in avoiding the common pitfalls...someone else has been there already and either done it very well or done it very badly - this book helps you benefit from their experiences.
There's commentary throughout from practicing law firm recruiters, associates, partners, professors - seems that input is included from just about every facet of the legal world. The book is primarily of value (I think) for it's new associate centric advice (versus summer internship or while you're in law school). That being said, as a soon to be 1L it was definitely valuable to me to get a sense beforehand of how law firms do business (particularly before I even begin shopping for internships.
I say buy it, it was definitely worth the time/cost, particularly because it's so easy to read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you plan on working for a major firm this summer, GET THIS BOOK! It was my guide for the summer. If you follow the instructions in this book, it will be like a senior partner telling you how to perform in the firm throughout the summer. It includes everything from; speaking, writing, dressing,eating, partying and dealing with every title in the firm. Good Luck.
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