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Download One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,233 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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One L, Scott Turow's journal of his first year at law school and a best seller when it was first published in 1977, has gone on to become a virtual bible for prospective law students. Not only does it introduce with remarkable clarity the ideas and issues that are the stuff of legal education; it also brings alive the anxiety and competitiveness, with others and, even more, with oneself, that set the tone in this crucible of character building.

Each September, a new crop of students enter Harvard Law School to begin an intense, often grueling, sometimes harrowing year of introduction to the law. Will the One Ls survive? Will they excel? Will they make the Law Review, the outward and visible sign of success in this ultra-competitive microcosm?

With remarkable insight into both his fellow students and himself, Turow leads us through the ups and downs, the small triumphs and tragedies of the year, in an absorbing and thought-provoking narrative that teaches the listener not only about law school and the law but also about the human beings who make them what they are. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saar | 2/20/2014

    " Dutch Law School is peanuts compared to Harvard. So depressing it enticing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Kohl | 2/15/2014

    " Loved it! Of course, I am about to start law school, so I was living vicariously through the writer's story... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 2/10/2014

    " Definately an accurate portrayal of that harrowing first year of law school. Read it BEFORE you decide to go! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 2/2/2014

    " Pretty much to the T, how one experiences the first year of law school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/28/2014

    " I'm now alternately terrified and excited about law school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea Fuentes | 1/25/2014

    " Don't go to Harvard for law school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/24/2014

    " While I was studying for the LSAT this was riveting... might be boring to most... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindi | 1/23/2014

    " A detailed look at the life of a first year law student at Harvard Law School. Very dated (tuition at the time was $3,000/year!) but I imagine that many things are very similar. I skimmed some spots and it got repetitious a few times, but over all the writing was good and it held my attention. Turow spent a lot of time talking about the Socratic method and it's impact on the students, which was interesting. I also learned that he was a writing instructor at Stanford prior to going to law school. That background explains why he's a better author than John Grisham (IMHO). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/20/2014

    " If you, or anyone you love, is heading off to law school, you must read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/20/2014

    " I found it facinating to read an account of law school 30 years ago & feel it was so in line with much of my experience. I felt all the dread & stress of 1L coming back to me as I read it. Really good book, but took a bit to get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/19/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Just re-read as a way to get over the trauma of grad school; felt reassuring to know that some of the pressures I experienced were common across different types of grad school as well as different times (1970s and now). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryce | 1/12/2014

    " Definitely entertaining. I can imagine the biggest drama queens/kings in my law school class writing a book like this. If you plan to go to law school, and you prepare yourself for everything in this book, you'll be pleasantly surprised when you get there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 12/19/2013

    " I have even more respect for all my law school friends now. How you all survived it and came out human, let alone humane, is a mystery to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zareena | 11/5/2013

    " This was really a good read. I liked that it told Turow's story but also gave some solid information on outlining, test prep, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/4/2013

    " A must-read for anyone contemplating law school...just don't take it too much to heart :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hunter Walton | 10/24/2013

    " Being a 1L is hard. Scott Turow proved to be a whiney little bitch. Everyone gets emasculated by a professor. Get over it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tonya | 9/19/2013

    " I say it is only ok because I'm concerned about what it had to say. It was written well and very interesting to read. I hope that Tom's law school isn't quite like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie MH | 7/5/2013

    " For those who survived law school ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen O'connor | 1/19/2013

    " listened as audio. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary-Michelle Moore | 1/4/2013

    " Not sure if it explains the law students entirely but it helped. I think the author is a little too grounded for some of the law school craziness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Max | 1/2/2013

    " Interesting enough look at the first year of law school. Nothing spectacular, I suppose, and it felt a bit outdated, but I enjoyed reading it nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Ricks | 12/30/2012

    " It was a bit overdramatic, but that's understandable when you're trying to sell a book about someone going to school for a year. I mostly enjoyed the competitive interactions between the students, and his thoughts on the competition of it all. Entertaining at least. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 12/8/2012

    " I read this when I thought of becoming a lawyer. Finished it and knew that lawyering was a terrible idea for a spaz like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Karbel | 11/18/2012

    " A great read for anyone thinking of Law School! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Jordan | 10/21/2012

    " Facinating look at law school and the people who choose to endure it. Should be required reading for anyone considering the LSAT, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pk | 10/17/2012

    " This is goddamn depressing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 7/19/2012

    " This book is like a ghost story that one tells children in order to keep them from playing around the spooky (and dangerous) mansion at the end of the lane. The lesson it taught me: go to law school in the 60s sucked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rahadyan | 6/23/2012

    " For a short time I was prelaw in college. I wound up being more or less pre-cab driver. The standard text for all who are at least curious about the life of a law student. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarisa Doval | 10/10/2011

    " Quick read, entertaining if you are curious about Harvard Law School. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Smith | 7/4/2011

    " Pretty good story. A little over the top at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 5/16/2011

    " Great book for anyone entering or considering law school. It's a short book and a quick read. I was glad I read it before my first year of law school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 5/9/2011

    " Law students should read this book to put their experience into perspective! Interesting (and frightening!) insight into the world of Harvard law. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sophie | 3/29/2011

    " Best diary of a 25 year boy that I have ever read. Seriously, every one told me that this book made Harvard out to be so cut throat and horrible. Mostly, everyone just appeards anxious and neurotic and sleep deprived, which is about the norm for any first year graduate program. No big deal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzyn | 3/18/2011

    " It is a pleasing enough read but it does not reflect the first year of law school especially accurately. Still, gotta admit Turow got better grades in his One-L year than I got in mine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 2/18/2011

    " This almost changed my mind about going to law school. It may have been a little overly dramatic but fun none the less. And now that I lived through it I can see that if I'm telling the story of my first year of law school I'm sure I'll make it far more dramatic than it actually was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 1/21/2011

    " Seeing what I can expect my first year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 10/20/2010

    " A good book for those that want to go to law school. It helps you to remove the rose colored glasses and get an idea what of law school is really like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 10/13/2010

    " Read it in a few days. caveat: i am in the process of taking the LSAT and going to law school myself... "

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About the Author
Author Scott Turow

Scott Turow is a practicing attorney and the author of many novels, as well as nonfiction works such as One L and Ultimate Punishment. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Playboy and the Atlantic. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Time magazine’s Best Work of Fiction. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, sold more than twenty-five million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. Turow graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 with top honors, was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, and served as president of the Authors Guild. He lives outside of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.