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One L
One L
by Scott Turow
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not a primer..., July 7, 2000
This review is from: One L (Hardcover)
There should really be two separate ratings for this book: realism, and entertainment value. As entertainment, insofar as it tells a great story with the skills of a good author, it's a good read. As a primer for law school, it will prove a disservice for those prone to paranoia. Unfortunately, in law school, over half the students are paranoid and over-stressed. Also, as some reviews have said below, not all law schools are created equally. Harvard is surely at the bottom of the quality-of-life scale, as can be seen in objective magazine reviews.
As a contrast, law school constituted three of the best years of my life. I made great friends and have terrific memories of my time in Tucson, AZ at an upper-echelon school. Turow, however, focuses on the worst year of law school at a school containing mostly kids who are educational zealots by definition and thus not well-rounded. In that sense, it's not a very educational book insofar as it purports to "prepare" the reader for law school.
In sum, most law students will enjoy "One-L" for its entertainment value and to appreciate how much better they have it than did Turow. Prospective students, however, should not read it as a Bible regarding whether the law school environment is for them.


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