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How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School

By: Kathryne M. Young
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
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Each year, over 40,000 new students enter America's law schools. Each new crop experiences startlingly high rates of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and dissatisfaction. Kathryne M. Young was one of those disgruntled law students. After finishing law school (and a PhD), she set out to learn more about the law school experience and how to improve it for future students. Young conducted one of the most ambitious studies of law students ever undertaken, charting the experiences of over 1,000 law students from over 100 different law schools, along with hundreds of alumni, dropouts, law professors, and more.

How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School is smart, compelling, and highly engaging. Combining her own observations and experiences with the results of her study and the latest sociological research on law schools, Young offers a very different take from previous books about law school survival. Instead of assuming we should all aspire to law-review-and-big-firm notions of success, Young teaches students how to approach law school on their own terms: how to tune out the drumbeat of oppressive expectations and conventional wisdom to create a new breed of law school experience altogether.

Young provides listeners with practical tools for finding focus, happiness, and a sense of purpose while facing the seemingly endless onslaught of problems law school presents daily. This book is an indispensable companion for today's law students, prospective law students, and anyone who cares about making law students' lives better. Bursting with warmth, realism, and a touch of firebrand wit, How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School equips law students with much-needed wisdom for thriving during those three crucial years.

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Don't Waste Your Money, Very Left Wing Politics

The author was incredibly not helpful. She basically had an unhappy law school experience, because she cared too much about social justice and public interest while her colleagues did not. Any basic google search can tell you that very few lawyers end up "saving the world." Most of this book was her complaining about that fact....
Only buy this book if you have an idealistic thinking about law school and didn't bother to look up the emplpyment numbers yourself.

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extremely helpful. i was pleasantly surprised.

i expected this book to be the same run of the mill book but it was full of wisdom. i was especially impressed with the even- handedness of the content — it discusses issues encountered by “liberals” as well as a more conservative viewpoint. This better reflects the nature of my law school experience. This book helped me decide some key strategies for my next semesters. This book gave me insight into some of the issues I was having.

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A clear-eyed view of law school!

This fantastic book tells about law school like it really is. It’s great whether you’re headed for a big firm or the public interest world, and speaks to students across the political spectrum. Other law school guides aren’t research-based but this one is! The author liked law school herself but suggests room for improvement and helps students from all walks of life figure out their path through law school. LOL at the review that called the book "left wing politics." Not sure that person read the book. Maybe they just don't like research?

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So helpful

Very helpful. I felt so validated listening to this. Helped me to decide to not drop out of law school.