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One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School

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One L, Scott Turow's journal of his first year at law school introduces and a best-seller when it was first published in 1977, has gone on to become a virtual bible for prospective law students. Not only does it introduce with remarkable clarity the ideas and issues that are the stuff of legal education; it brings alive the anxiety and competiveness—with others and, even more, with oneself—that set the tone in this crucible of character building. Turow's multidimensional delving into his protagonists' psyches and...

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Overview

One L, Scott Turow's journal of his first year at law school introduces and a best-seller when it was first published in 1977, has gone on to become a virtual bible for prospective law students. Not only does it introduce with remarkable clarity the ideas and issues that are the stuff of legal education; it brings alive the anxiety and competiveness—with others and, even more, with oneself—that set the tone in this crucible of character building. Turow's multidimensional delving into his protagonists' psyches and his marvelous gift for suspense prefigure the achievements of his celebrated first novel, Presumed Innocent, one of the best-selling and most talked about books of 1987.

Each September, a new crop of students enter Harvard Law School to begin an intense, often grueling, sometimes harrowing year of introduction to the law. Turow's group of One Ls are fresh, bright, ambitious, and more than a little daunting. Even more impressive are the faculty: Perini, the dazzling, combative professor of contracts, who presents himself as the students' antagonist in their struggle to master his subject; Zechman, the reserved professor of torts who seems so indecisive the students fear he cannot teach; and Nicky Morris, a young, appealing man who stressed the humanistic aspects of law.

Will the One Ls survive? Will they excel? Will they make the Law Review, the outward and visible sign of success in this ultra-conservative microcosm? With remarkable insight into both his fellows and himself, Turow leads us through the ups and downs, the small triumphs and tragedies of the year, in an absorbing and throught-provoking narrative that teaches the reader not only about law school and the law but about the human beings who make them what they are.

In the new afterword for this edition of One L, the author looks back on law school from the perspective of ten years' work as a lawyer and offers some suggestions for reforming legal education.

Becoming a first-year law student--a "One L"--at the oldest, most esteemed law school in the U. S. threw Scott Turow into a physical, emotional, and intellectual combat zone. An ultimate test by fire of his honesty and principles, in a time of hazings, betrayals, challenges and triumphs--a law school primer.

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"The most accurate, complete, and balanced description yet of a century-old rite of passage in America."—Bruce Bortz, Baltimore Sun

"A sensitive, dramatically paced account of the author's fist year at Harvard Law School...I read the book as if it were the most absorbing of thrillers, losing track of the time I spent with it, and resenting the hours I had to be away from it...It should be read by anyone who has ever contemplated going to law school. or anyone who has ever worried about being human."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

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Reprint. Originally published by Putnam, 1977. Includes a new long Afterword by Turow. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374226473
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 11/28/1988
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Turow, a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, is the author of four worldwide bestselling: Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Pleading Guilty, and The Laws of Our Fathers. He lives with his family outside of Chicago, where he is a partner in the law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

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    This was a wonderful read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in attending law school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    Read this AFTER your first year of law school

    I read this book the summer after my first year of law school, and I laughed out loud as I read. I laughed not because the book was humorous, but because I couldn't believe how many experiences I shared with those relayed in the book. ONE L hit me like a happy confirmation that I had not been alone in my experiences. It made me proud that I had endured such an emotional roller coaster. And it reminded me of the good as well as the bad moments of the first year of law school. If you read it sooner, don't let it scare you - I LOVED law school!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2001

    Beware One Ls, Otherwise Great

    I'm a few weeks from starting law school, and while Turow's account is riveting, its dark, stark realities into the world of law and academics can make one a bit unnerved, as the title suggests. If you're anxious before starting, this may make matters a little worse. Sometimes I regret reading it before school starts and not delaying til later in the year. It does contain important themes on not losing yourself as a whole person while in school, something every law student should keep in mind.

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