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Alex Wellen is an excited, ambitious, and
overwhelmed twenty-something law student trying to integrate into one of the
most powerful and promise-filled cities in the world—New York. As he moves from
graduating student to licensed lawyer—the second most important nine months he
ever spent “gestating”—Alex fantasizes about the glitzy, high-powered lifestyle
of a Manhattan attorney. He imagines hobnobbing with the elite, eating at the
best restaurants, and being a guest at the most coveted social events—but in
this city of overachievers, he is reminded every step of the way that he did not
go to Harvard. Can he overcome the profession’s snobbery by wearing overpriced
ties from Barneys, seat-filling at the VH1 fashion awards, cavorting with B-list
celebrities, and throwing TriBeCa loft parties?
Is it enough for him to look and play the part?
Along the way, we meet his fellow sufferers in the dread-inducing bar exam cram courses, his girlfriends and roommate, the law firm recruiters interested in hiring him (and those who aren’t), and the new associates who work with him at a high-profile law firm, some of whom, the odds are, won’t pass the bar.
Savvy and entertaining, Wellen’s story is The Paper Chase meets Sex and the City—a career memoir for anyone who has discovered his or her life’s goal, yet must overcome tremendous obstacles to attain it.
Barman is an honest, revealing, and hilarious portrait of a lawyer as a young man.
About the Author:
ALEX WELLEN co-created, executive-produced, and co-hosted the award-winning high-tech crime newsmagazine program CyberCrime on the TechTV cable television network. His columns, breaking news stories, and contributions appear in print and on radio and television, including NBC News, ABC News, CNN, and MSNBC. He is currently an independent producer and freelance writer living in San Francisco.
Posted April 10, 2007
This book is absolutely terrific!I didn¿t want the story to end, the entire book was extremely well organized. From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Alex Wellen's legal journey. Once I started, I couldn¿t stop. When I wasn¿t reading Barman, I was thinking about when I would be able to read it again. I would embarrassingly catch myself laughing or giving an obvious smile during all the funny parts on the train while commuting to and from work. The adopted names assigned to his mother, father, and brother and the deceptively written letters from BAR/BRI letting future lawyers know they¿re not liable if anyone fails the bar, are just a few of the classic parts I enjoyed. Barman is fun, real, and inspiring!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2006
From a 3rd tier student, this was a monumental waste of time and money. Uninspiring, dull and immature, Wellen rants and raves to his mom and dad ('Optimist' & 'Oracle') on every page. Wellen fails to draw the reader into any depth on any serious topic: quick europe trip, ink-cartridges, New York lofts, singles bars and flings. Instead, Wellen complains about being upper eschelon to readers who yearn to have a taste.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2004
Barman explores the law and lawyerdom with great humor. This book has you laughing from start to finish. The writing is excellent and the pathos is real. This is the most realistic book about lawyers that I have ever read. BRAVO!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.