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One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School [Paperback]

Scott Turow
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28 Dec 2010
Newsweek calls him "an extraordinarily canny and empathetic observer." In bestseller after bestseller, Turow uses his background as a lawyer to create suspense fiction so authentic it reads with the hammering impact of fact. But before he became a worldwide sensation, Scott Turow wrote a book that is entirely true, the account of his own searing indoctrination into the field of law called ... The first year of law school is an intellectual and emotional ordeal so grueling that it ensures only the fittest survive. Now Scott Turow takes you inside the oldest and most prestigious law school in the country when he becomes a "One L," as entering students are known at Harvard Law School. In a book that became a national bestseller, a law school primer, and a classic autobiography, he brings to life the fascinating, shocking reality of that first year. Provocative and riveting, One L reveals the experience directly from the combat zone: the humiliations, triumphs, hazings, betrayals, and challenges that will make him a lawyer-and forever change Turow's mind, test his principles, and expose his heart.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (28 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143119028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119029
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was given this book by a friend who had just graduated from Albany Law when I admitted my own interest in attending law school. He told me to read it, and that although Turow attended Harvard that all law schools possess types of peculiarities not all that different from those spoken of by Turow. Upon the completion of the book, I was better able to gauge my own "enemy" and realize that while my fears were warrented, they were also surmountable. I now look to law school not as a challenge in mastering the law, but as a lesson in challenging myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Foreshadowing Testament 25 Jun 1999
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"ONE L" offers numerous insights into law school paradigms that seem all to foreboding and foreshadowing, as I plan to eventually enter law school. Painfully honest, and full of sincere introspection, "ONE L" is unquestionably capitivating and entertaining. Although it has instilled me with a bit more respect, if not outright fear, of what my future educational experience may hold, it was simultaneously entertaining and somehow encouraging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One L-A Must-Read for Future Law Students 28 May 1999
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In one L, Scott Turow not only vividly describes the the overwhelming demands expected of first year law students, he also addresses the presence of the "human element" in law school. As I head to law school this fall, I have been worried that I will abandon my values and principles and become just another bad lawyer joke. As Turow battles his own demons and overcomes his "enemy," he encourages others to examine the human element inherent not only in their law school curriculum, but in every aspect of their lives.
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I thought that One L was a great book, but I am very interested in law and am seriously considering law school. A person who wasn't as interested in the law as I am may not find the book so interesting or informative, although they would probably still find it enjoyable. Turow is a great writer and the book reads easily regardless of the subject. One question: Are you practicing law, Scott, and if so, what type?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Accurate 13 May 1999
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I purposely didn't read this book or others like it before my first year of law school so that I could form my own opinions. Now, a week after I finished my One-L exams, I pick up this book. It has driven me to tears several times as it describes my tumultuous emotions and those of the (few) friends I have made to a "T". I plan to give it to all my friends and family so that they can more accurately understand what I haven't told them about this past year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going to law school? READ THIS BOOK!!!!! 20 Mar 1999
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I have heard about this book from talking to friends about mystery writers. Scott Turow's name came up, and a mention of an auto-bio story about his first year at Harvard Law Scool. It has been a while since I read non-fiction, so I picked it up. All I can say is that this is one truely great book. You will get hooked from the first page to the last page. I only wish Scott Turow could write more about his other two years at HLS. I have an interest in law ever since I took a law course at Suffolk University in Boston. I have also thought about attending law school. After reading this book, I know that law school will be challenging, yet fullfilling. Scott Turow does not hold anything back about what happens at HLS. It is all about succeeding and working very hard. I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking or will be attending any law school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence at its Best! 31 Jan 1999
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Amazing and vivid description of one man's turbulent lifestyle at Harvard Law School. The 269 page book was hard to put down once you delved into Turow's world. As a college bound high school senior and prospective law school student, I now have a better glimpse of "law life." Competition, envy, jealousy and the occasional back stab all make better the reality of a law student's life. Any who wishes to add a new perspective for the life of a lawyer should keep this as a "MUST READ!" Harvard Bound!!
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One-L is so true its scary. I read Turrow's non-fiction account of his first year at Harvard Law School after I completed my own first year experience at University of Maryland Law. Although Harvard may seem a step above, it seems that Turrow's experiences are universal. This book so accurately describes the feelings of anxiety, tension, panic, fear, and ultimate exiliration which accompany all "One-L's" across the country. This book made me realize that my classmates were just as uncomfortable as I was throughout my first year. A must read for all who have completed their first year. However, for those of you who have not yet endured the first year of law school, you might be scared off from Grad school as I probably would have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LAW MADE FLESH
Forget all the stuff about: "You must read this book before going to law school" rubbish - because this book was written over 30 years ago. Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by Rocke Harder
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Those Applying to Read Law
I first ordered this book when i realised I wanted to study law at university and found I had little in the way of reading material to put on my UCAS form. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2006 by M. Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining and informative
One L kills two birds with one stone. It is entertaining as well as informative. I have read it twice now, and it is should be read by anyone even thinking about going to law... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this prior to your first yeat at any school!
Scott Turow's first book is a true inspiration to those who are entering law school or any school for that matter. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars This book seemed to be taken straight from the paper chase.
A good, entertaining book. Mr. Turrow, for most of the book is just boasting of how wonderful it is to be at Hahvahd.... His book bored me half to death. Read more
Published on 24 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but we need an updated version about Yale
This was an outstanding book -- but what the genre could really use is a book about Yale Law School today.
Published on 25 April 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is SO true!
All first year law students MUST read this
Published on 3 April 1999
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