Neurotic, Paranoid Wimps – Nothing Has Changed

14 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2010 Last revised: 15 Oct 2012

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Andrew Jay McClurg

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Date Written: June 9, 2010


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 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.

Suggested Citation

McClurg, Andrew Jay, Neurotic, Paranoid Wimps – Nothing Has Changed (June 9, 2010). University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Forthcoming, University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2, Available at SSRN:

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