By Scott Turow
"A outstanding book...it may be learn by way of an individual who has ever reflected going to legislations institution. Or somebody who has ever frightened approximately being human."—The manhattan Times
It used to be a yr of terrors and triumphs, of depressions and elations, of compulsive paintings, pitiless festival, and, eventually, mass hysteria. It used to be Scott Turow's first yr on the oldest, greatest, so much esteemed heart of criminal schooling within the usa. Turow's studies at Harvard legislation university, the place learners are dubbed One Ls, parallel these of first-year legislations scholars in all places. His gripping account of this serious, formative yr within the lifetime of a attorney is as suspenseful, acknowledged The long island Times, as "the such a lot soaking up of thrillers."
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Most 1Ls, even those who live in the on-campus dorms—about half the first-year class—have only passing contact with the members of the other three first-year sections or with upper-class students. For the most part, friends had said, it would seem as if I were in a separate school, a tiny universe centered on the professors, with the 140 of us in a dense and hectic orbit about them. My first view of my section mates was inauspicious. In the classroom most of the people were seated, dutifully emptying their packets and filling out cards.
Always be prepared for that class,,Geocaris advised. Know what every word in a case means; and if your study has been shoddy, don’t bother to show up: It would be a long time before you forgot the humiliation of being caught unready. The lecture on the library which we heard next was full of the same mixture of good news and bad omens. The librarian nimbly described where the important books were located and when and why we would want to use them—the sets of state laws, the volumes of case reports, the treatises and encyclopedias and journals, the gargantuan indices which could help you sort your way through all of that.
In writing this book, I have sought to show that intensity, and the process of change, as they made themselves felt day by day upon my classmates and me. I kept a journal throughout the year and often I’ve taken passages directly from it when my thoughts and feelings seemed especially clear and important. For the most part, however, I’ve attempted to shape those reflections in light of the experience of the complete year and the knowledge that first impressions did not always prove an especially reliable indicator of either the way things would turn out, or even the general course of my feelings.
One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School by Scott Turow