Thursday, April 10, 2008

How NOT To Succeed In Law School

How Not To Succeed In Law School [PDF], a hilarious essay by James D. Gordon the III published in the Yale Law Review. One of the funniest things I've ever read. It made me laugh so hard I almost cried.

I had the misfortune of glancing over this during one of my classes and came across the following passage while my prof was in the middle of mercilessly grilling another student on the details of a case:
The law faculty is a distinguished group of prison guards who sit in attack formation at law school assemblies. If you want to know what kind of people law professors are, ask yourself this question: "What kind of a person would give up a salary of a jillion dollars a year in a big firm to drive a rusted-out Ford Pinto and wear suits made out of old horse blankets?"
As I contemplated that question, I was suddenly overcome by a terrible case of the giggles, made all the more extreme by our professor's over-serious demeanor. It took every bit of willpower I could muster to fight back the laughter. The ensuing struggle lasted for the rest of class. Quite possibly my most challenging experience yet in law school...

Highly recommended!

(HT Josh)

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