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

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

Considering law school? If I were looking for a book on what to expect after being mad enough to seriously think said consideration, I could probably have done better than One L. Yet that doesn't have to mean you shouldn't give it chance, especially if you're even a little curious about law school.


One L may read almost like melodrama, which probably accurately reflected the reality as author Scott Tudrow saw it, and be very outdated besides, but it is good for a bit of entertainment, though that claim is truer for the first half of the book than the second where I felt boredom setting in, the law-school shenanigans by now having lost their novelty. What kept my attention, whenever I could focus it in the book's general direction, were Tudrow's occasional insights into such topics as grade hysteria and minorities in the legal profession.

Before picking up One L, I was at that stupidly naïve stage where law school seemed worth a try. That idea has since been shelved, but not entirely due to Tudrow. Even a quick Google search would tell you how bad an idea that was. Because Tudrow wrote it way back when, the book obviously mentions next to nothing about the doom and gloom of today's legal industry. For what it is, a look into the life of a first-year Harvard Law student, and nothing more, One L does its job. For anything else, you'd probably be better off reading something else.