One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard by Scott Turow

By Scott Turow

"A awesome may be learn via someone who has ever meditated going to legislations college. Or somebody who has ever fearful approximately being human."—The manhattan Times

It used to be a yr of terrors and triumphs, of depressions and elations, of compulsive paintings, pitiless festival, and, eventually, mass hysteria. It was once Scott Turow's first yr on the oldest, largest, so much esteemed heart of felony schooling within the usa. Turow's reviews at Harvard legislations tuition, the place inexperienced persons are dubbed One Ls, parallel these of first-year legislations scholars in every single place. His gripping account of this severe, formative yr within the lifetime of a attorney is as suspenseful, acknowledged The manhattan Times, as "the such a lot soaking up of thrillers."

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That both the law and HLS can be made richer, more humane, more just institutions is more than a personal assumption—it is an institutional one as well, an idea taught and reinforced at HLS. It is ultimately out of the belief in reasoned change, for which the law school in many ways stands, that any criticism grows. S. T. * REGISTRATION Meeting My Enemy 9/3/75 (Wednesday) .. a warm place, a good place . . I think. They called us “One Ls,” and there were 550 of us who came on the third of September to begin our careers in the law.

If it’s one of those days, well, then, just say it—just say, ‘I’m unprepared’—and I’ll give you another chance, in a day or two—soon after that. ” He paced, nodding now and then to himself. Eventually he began talking about the course. He said that Criminal Law would be unique in many ways. It was the only course that would concentrate expressly on the relationship between government and private citizens. And he also said that it would be the single class in which we would do close reading of statutes as well as cases.

I was not sure that I was up to that tradition of excellence. And I was still not absolutely positive that law school was the place where I should be. For me, the route to law school had been somewhat roundabout. I was twenty-six, three or four years older than most of the other as, for it had taken me somewhat longer than it had taken them to realize that I wanted to study law. For the past three years I had been a lecturer in the English department at Stanford where, before that, I was a graduate student.

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