Malice in Wonderland: What Every Law Student Should Have for the Trip

Malice in Wonderland: What Every Law Student Should Have for the Trip

by Thaddeus Hatter


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Many law school books suffer from the same tired formula: long, complicated, and boring. Reading these books is a chore. 

Malice in Wonderland is an honest guide to law school. Now the reader is a journey into law school (i.e., Wonderland) by a tour guide, Uncle Malice. Drawing upon his own mistakes and shenanigans, Malice enlightens. But he’s not your grandfather’s narrator: he is brash, colorful, and honest. 

Malice in Wonderland tackles the important elements of first year, including outlining, homework, finals, class, and grades. Malice zeroes in on each, without getting bogged down. Never one to be pedantic or up-tight, Malice keeps the reader engaged with faux cases names (Kardashian v. Dignity), new terminology, and fun stories. Malice explains why screw-ups in class discussions are like bad Oscar speeches, why gunners never have weekend plans, and how to launch a preemptive strike against a professor. Malice will educate and entertain rising 1Ls in a way that other law school titles cannot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888960914
Publisher: The Fine Print Press, Ltd.
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Pages: 98
Product dimensions: 13.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Thaddeus Hatter, known also to underground travelers as Uncle Malice, is not your great-great-grandfather's narrator. Malice is candid, colorful, and just a dash of brash. Chances are he's just a little bit like you: smart, energetic, and more than a little bored.  He did well, but not before banging his head a few times along the way. Malice is also known as Ben Weiss, who attended John Burroughs School and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Washington University School of Law. He garnered numerous honors in law school, and practiced corporate and securities law for Thompson Coburn. He now lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Dedication ix

Acknowledgements xi

Wonderland 1

Uncle 5

Your First Day 11

Work 15

Boxers or Briefs? 17

Basic Training 17

Procedural History 18

Facts of the Case 20

Issue 20

Holding 21

Debriefing: The Four Commandments 26

Blaze Your Own Trail 35

A Model Case Brief 37

Professors 39

Class 41

I love it when you Socrates me, baby 42

Don't Pull a Sally Field 43

Defense is the Best Offense 44

Socratic Fire Drill 46

Sore Thumb 49

Musical Chairs 50

The Preemptive Strike 50

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Gunner 51

RESOLVE: it's more than just a stain remover 53

Outlining 57

Finals 61

Just the Facts, Ma'am...oh, and the Reasons too 64

Time! 65

Count It! 66

Open Sesame 67

Lather, Rinse, Study, Repeat 68

Group Think 69

The Nuthouse 72

Game Day 73

Grades 77

Odds and Ends 79

Peeking Behind the Curtain 81

Royal After Word 85

About the Author 91

Index 93

Other Books 95

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