Neurotic, Paranoid Wimps – Nothing Has Changed
Andrew Jay McClurg
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
June 9, 2010
University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Forthcoming
University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2
In an issue of the UMKC Law Review devoted to “1L Stories” and intended as a tribute to Scott Turow’s classic book, One L, the author recounts his own first-year tales of neurotic, paranoid wimpism (descriptors from Amazon.com reviews of Turow’s book). Turow wrote the foreword for the issue.
The author’s narrative asserts that a dominant theme of One L, the story of Turow’s first year at Harvard Law School, was negative affect. Turow talked of anxiety, fear, stress, panic, vulnerability, self-doubt, shame and grief, wounded self-esteem, unhappiness, paranoia, embarrassment, oppression, and insanity.
The author describes his similar experiences and asserts that, contrary to popular belief, things have not changed that much in legal education since his and Turow’s day.
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Date posted: June 9, 2010 ; Last revised: October 15, 2012
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