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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 listening for anyone who wants to know how things went so wrong and how the profession can right itself once again.

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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.”

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