Letters to a Young Lawyer

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Letters to a Young Lawyer

by Alan M. Dershowitz

Basic Books | April 13, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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As defender of both the righteous and the questionable, Alan Dershowitz has become perhaps the most famous and outspoken attorney in the land. Whether or not they agree with his legal tactics, most people would agree that he possesses a powerful and profound sense of justice. In this meditation on his profession, Dershowitz writes about life, law, and the opportunities that young lawyers have to do good and do well at the same time.We live in an age of growing dissatisfaction with law as a career, which ironically comes at a time of unprecedented wealth for many lawyers. Dershowitz addresses this paradox, as well as the uncomfortable reality of working hard for clients who are often without many redeeming qualities. He writes about the lure of money, fame, and power, as well as about the seduction of success. In the process, he conveys some of the "tricks of the trade" that have helped him win cases and become successful at the art and practice of "lawyering."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.56 in

Published: April 13, 2005

Publisher: Basic Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0465016332

ISBN - 13: 9780465016334

Found in: Reference and Language

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Letters to a Young Lawyer

by Alan M. Dershowitz

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.56 in

Published: April 13, 2005

Publisher: Basic Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0465016332

ISBN - 13: 9780465016334

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As defender of both the righteous and the questionable, Alan Dershowitz has become perhaps the most famous and outspoken attorney in the land. Whether or not they agree with his legal tactics, most people would agree that he possesses a powerful and profound sense of justice. In this meditation on his profession, Dershowitz writes about life, law, and the opportunities that young lawyers have to do good and do well at the same time.We live in an age of growing dissatisfaction with law as a career, which ironically comes at a time of unprecedented wealth for many lawyers. Dershowitz addresses this paradox, as well as the uncomfortable reality of working hard for clients who are often without many redeeming qualities. He writes about the lure of money, fame, and power, as well as about the seduction of success. In the process, he conveys some of the "tricks of the trade" that have helped him win cases and become successful at the art and practice of "lawyering."

About the Author

Alan Dershowitz is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Known as a defense lawyer, he is also a litigator, columnist, lecturer, book reviewer, and prolific author. His recent books include Sexual McCarthyism, on the Starr investigation, and Reasonable Doubts, on the O. J. Simpson case. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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"Quintessential Dershowitz: fast-thinking, fast-talking, and unapologetically opinionated."
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