Broken Contract: A Memoir of Harvard Law School

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 246 pages
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In 1986, 70 percent of the first-year class of Harvard Law School wanted to pursue careers in public-interest law. Ten years later, the same percentage of this class was pursuing careers in private corporate firms. How is it that these students began their careers interested in using law as a vehicle for social change, but ended up in those very law firms most resistant to change? How are law students able to reconcile liberal politics with careers in corporate law?

Richard D. Kahlenberg's Broken Contract serves to warn prospective law students on the transformation that happens during the second and third years. His memoir explores the intense competitiveness and insidious pressure leading to jobs that are lucrative, prestigious, and challenging--but ultimately unsatisfying.

Though Broken Contract doesn't seek to convince every law student to go into public service, Kahlenberg means to challenge and restructure our social institutions to make it easier to follow our impulses toward good instead of toward the goods.

 

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An immensely irritating book, largely because I kept wanting to slap the author. The subject matter is the supposed evil of Harvard Law School, this evil supposedly manifest in the fact that the vast ... Read full review

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"How is it that so many students can enter law school determined to promote liberal ideals and leave three years later to counsel the least socially progressive elements of our society?'' Kahlenberg ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
The Experimental Section
11
The Loony Left
30
Dropping Out
49
Summer Fun
60
Liheral Chic
73
Everyone Does It
93
Judicial Clerkships
119
Dickens and the Law
134
1o Ropes Gray
144
Bore You to Death
159
Out of the Question
179
Qualms Is Good
204
Hill Search Blues
216
Epilogue
235
Copyright

Learning Real Law
126

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About the author (1999)

Richard D. Kahlenberg is a fellow at the Century Foundation, where he writes about education, equal opportunity, and civil rights. His most recent book is The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action.

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