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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 46.
- Review Date: 2008-05-12
- Reviewer: Staff
First-time author Lax delivers an entertaining and sometimes zany look at the first year of law school. Although he dreams of being a professional magician, Lax realizes after college that being a lawyer—like his father and most of his relatives (he provides a family tree showing the remarkable number of lawyers who are relatives)—is inevitable. After being accepted into the DePaul School of Law in Chicago, where passenger trains “screamed past the classroom every ten minutes,” he finds that the world of torts and criminal law is both like and unlike everything he had imagined. The workload is still brutal—as a professor tells him, “For the next year, the American legal system will be your girlfriend.” But Lax's discoveries of what he didn't expect offer fascinating up-to-date insights such as the inevitability of the depression he develops (lawyers “are about four times more likely to experience clinical depression than the general population”) and the hard fact that “[l]aw schools don't fail students like they used to. They need the tuition dollars to stay competitive.” (July)