- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Motivational Press (April 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628651628
- ISBN-13: 978-1628651621
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The read of this book felt more like collection of morning mentoring sessions with Mr. York. I imagine, rightly or wrongly, Mr. York's office just off the reception area (for better connection with his clients, I think he'd say). Inside is a comfortable clutter with an energetic buzz which is both inviting and engaging. Pictures of family, fighters and maybe a musician dot the walls which are also laden with professional accolades. Two computer monitors set off to the side of his desk give his clients no barrier in their communications either in person or virtually. Mr. York knows every detail of each stacked box and paper in his office. These are the deeply personal stories of his clients. Everything about this office speaks of the passions in Mr. York's life, especially his passion for his clients.
So I imagine myself many years younger as perhaps a 1st or 2nd year attorney (though I do so more for variety because I could also imagine myself doing this today), morning coffee in hand, plopping myself down in Mr. York's office every Tuesday morning for casual mentoring session. The conversations we have and Mr. York's sage stream of consciousness in these sessions are, in my mind, what make up this book. That’s not true of course, it just that this is how the style and writing of this book make me feel.
I'm drawn into each topic as Mr. York effortlessly drops knowledge on life and the law. His intense focus on me only briefly interrupted after he's completes his view on a topic so that he can quickly respond to a client. “Always respond quickly to your clients,” he tells before launching into the next topic triggered by something I had said.
That Mr. York is a passionate person is obvious. That he is passionate about his clients is crystal clear. That he is passionate about the law is absolute. But what's more, Mr. York carries a passion for life and people and it's infectious.
Three Degrees of the Law is an easy and must read for every law student, young lawyer and even use 40somethings firmly (or not so firmly) in the midst of our careers. Mr. York delivers practical, real word advice about building a legal practice and representing clients. While the advice itself is not new cure-all in a "I discovered the simple secret to success" kind of way, it is fresh voice on some fundamental truths. As Mr. York speaks (the one in my head of course) I can almost hear Duke himself (Mr. York's father who appears regularly in the book) speaking to me. In his words I feel the humble encouragement of a Coach who could probably remember by name every kid he has coached. The kind of Coach that would tell-it-like-it-is and allow for no excuses because he believes in you.
Mr. York's book says it's about the law, but I think it's really about passion. It seems cliché to say "find your passion" and that is not exactly what I think Mr. York is saying in his book. Rather, he's saying "be passionate" make "being" something that you are passionate to do. Bundle those things for which you are passionate into a focused endeavor, preferably, one that helps people, and never ever stop.
This is a great book for many types of people. I think it would be helpful for people considering law as career, along with their parents and loved ones. If you're considering law as a career, Mr. York goes into great detail on what to expect, and how to tell if law is a good choice for you. I think that someone in law school would find this book invaluable. Finally, lawyers who are seeking ways to better themselves and their practice would find the suggestions in this book to be life-changing. Harlan York is more than a talented attorney, he understands people, he understands them very well. Many things have changed in the last thirty years. Things have changed in the world, in business, and the law. People genuinely expect a different relationship with their attorney than they did in our father's generation. Mr. York goes into detail explaining how to manage clients, technology, yourself, people who work for you - and still have time for yourself and your family.
One last thing, I picked the book up and began to read it at 9:30 at night. It was so enjoyable, filled with so much humor and heart, I read it until I finished it. There's great advice for attorneys in here, but you don't have to be an attorney to appreciate Harlan York's message. If more attorneys read this book and followed Harlan's advice, the world would have a very different opinion on lawyers and we would all be better for it.
Harlan York gives great advice on many areas on life in the law. His stories about how he learned how to be positive in his approach to his career are instructive for anyone, not just people who work in legal careers.
Also, I really enjoyed the way he described many options that a law degree has helped people become successful in so many areas. I plan on giving this book as a gift to at least 2 or 3 lawyers I know.
I am nowhere near practicing law, but I carried out few valuable lessons for myself, including how to pick a right lawyer for legal advice and services. Mr. York has done a fabulous job!!!