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

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

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by Richard Moll

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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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