The Lure of the Law: Why People Become Lawyers, and What the Profession Does to Them

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Seeking the reason why public respect for the law rarely extends to lawyers, Moll ( The Public Ivys ) surveyed attornies of many specialties regarding their attitudes about the profession. Their lively autobiographies and views on the law and colleagues, along with the author's penetrating analyses, depict diligent, competitive, sharp or dull men and women, including some who have become disenchanted by treadmill careers, and ``legal mercenaries'' who acknowledge that their youthful idealism has been warped by legalistic thinking, greed and power. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and former New York mayor Edward Koch are among the non-practicing contributors. (Apr.)
Library Journal
The diversity of legal careers is a ripe topic for study, but Moll provides only a tedious series of interviews heavy on style but short on insight. Interesting tidbits abound, yet few readers will plow through the entire text. Moll acknowledges that his effort is strictly anecdotal, but even his ``conclusions'' are mere highlights with little synthesis or fresh perspective. Moreover, most interviewees were safely employed or well along in pursuit of their goals. Missing are beleagured lawyers with struggling practices or tortuous jobs. Aspiring lawyers may enjoy this book, but they also will be misled. Deborah L. Arron's Running from the Law (Niche Pr., 1989), for example, offers complementary views from malcontent attorneys. For larger collections. --Kenneth D. Crews, Graduate Sch. of Library & Information Science, UCLA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140105568
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

I. The Image
II. Stepping In: The Lure of Law School
Betty Marvel
Natalie Smothers
Michael and Meg Barton
Rockwell Pearce
Ronald B. Starck
John Wu
III. Watching: A View of Lawyers from the Outside
Nancy Hart
Dr. Karl Maclaren and Dr. Donald Loren
Lisa Tessler
Jeff Levy
IV. In Step: A View of Lawyers by Lawyers
Thomas H. Allen
Lesley Martin
Robert C. Johnson, Jr.
Gerry Spence
Barbara E. Smithe
Peter Webster
Gregory S. Fehribach
John Ellison
Pamela Ann Rymer
Peter S. Britell
Russ Li
Richard Reyes
Elizabeth Sternberg
Norm Sherman
Mark Saunders
Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
H. James Thomas
Robert D. Raven
Chandler Cummins
Alyson Singer
Christopher Lane
Steve Hudspeth
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
V. Stepping Out: A View of Lawyers by Nonpracticing Lawyers
Steve Yandle
David Bottoms
Marilyn Quayle
Ed Woodsum
Dermot Meagher
Richard Thornburgh
Charles Baker
Thomas Karsten
Patrick Mulhearn
Ed Koch
Harry Palmer

VI. Conclusion

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    As a pre-law adviser, I have worked with thousands of pre-law st

    As a pre-law adviser, I have worked with thousands of pre-law students, helping them apply to law school. I'm always trying to learn more about lawyers and the legal profession in order to help my students and so I bought the "Lure of the Law," based on some recommendations from other pre-law advisers. Boy, did it turn out to be a waste of money.

    In the Preface, Moll writes "In all cases, conversations are authentic, with alterations made for brevity or clarity." He goes on to say, "I can only hope that I have quoted and/or represented these serious, intriguing, often colorful individuals and their opinions about lawyers and the law--usually deeply felt--adequately and fairly."

    I read 7 of these so-called conversations before I had to call it quits. The conversations sound completely fake and made-up. The people that Moll interviews do not talk like real people. The thing is, they could be real people. I'm sure they are real people. But the way Moll transcribes their conversations and "quotes" them, makes them sound like caricatures straight out of a badly cast 1980s movie.

    Save your money. Don't buy this book. Instead, put your hard-earned cash towards taking some lawyers out for coffee and getting advice and tips directly from the source.

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