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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven J. Harper Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781469054629
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A noble profession is facing its defining moment. From law schools to the prestigious firms that represent the pinnacle of a legal career, a crisis is unfolding. News headlines tell part of the story—the growing oversupply of new lawyers, widespread career dissatisfaction, and spectacular implosions of pre-eminent law firms. Yet eager hordes of bright young people continue to step over each other as they seek jobs with high rates of depression, life-consuming hours, and little assurance of financial stability. The Great Recession has only worsened these trends, but correction is possible and, now, imperative. In The Lawyer Bubble, Steven J. Harper reveals how a culture of short-term thinking has blinded some of the nation’s finest minds to the long-run implications of their actions. Law school deans have ceded independent judgment to flawed U.S. News & World Report rankings criteria in the quest to maximize immediate results. Senior partners in the nation’s large law firms have focused on current profits to enhance American Lawyer rankings and individual wealth at great cost to their institutions. Yet, wiser decisions—being honest about the legal job market, revisiting the financial incentives currently driving bad behavior, eliminating the billable hour model, and more—can take the profession to a better place. A devastating indictment of the greed, shortsightedness, and dishonesty that now permeate the legal profession, this insider account is essential reading for anyone who wants to know how things went so wrong and how the profession can right itself once again. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This is an important and timely book. It’s two books, really. The first is a powerful recitation of how we got into this ‘unfortunate place,’ which may be more of a revelation to civilians than to lawyers who have paid attention to their alma mater’s struggles or their firm’s business plans. The second may not be so easy for lawyers to shrug off. It’s a call to remedy the problems he so vividly describes. His answers aren’t neat or in many cases likely. But he’s identified the root problem—and he’s looking at you!”

    American Lawyer

  • “It should be required reading for anyone in the large-law-firm world—and especially anyone who thinks they want to get into that business.”


  • “Recommended reading for anyone working in a law related field. And for law school students—especially prospective ones—it really should be required reading.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Harper burns his bridges in this scathing indictment of law schools and big law firms…His insights and admonitions are consistently on point.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anyone looking into a career in law would be well advised to read this thoroughly eye-opening warning.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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About the Author

Steven J. Harper is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Law School and Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. He is a regular contributor to the American Lawyer and the author of several books. After a thirty year career as a litigator, he recently retired from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the firm he joined immediately upon graduation from Harvard Law School. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in numerous compilations of the best lawyers in America. Harper lives in Wilmette, Illinois. 

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.