Screed or Scholarship: The Days of Whine and Roses

Legal Ethics, Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter 2006

16 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2007


This is a review of, The Destruction of Young Lawyers: Beyond One L. by Douglas Litowitz (Akron: University of Akron Press, 2006).

While the book may be a credible (if tiresome) account of Mr. Litowitz's own unhappiness as a law student and large firm new associate, and evidence of the fact there are unhappy lawyers in the world, it overpromotes itself on two counts. Although it is written by a law professor and published by a university press, and makes broad and universal claims about evils in the legal profession, it is largely a slapdash pastiche of hyperbole and anecdote. Nor is it a balanced view of the profession. Rather, it is one man's attempt to transpose his own journey through hopelessness and despair into a universal truth under the patina of scholarship.

Keywords: Litowitz, law profession, critical theory, Habermas, law firms, negativity bias

JEL Classification: K10, K20, K40

Suggested Citation

Lipshaw, Jeffrey M., Screed or Scholarship: The Days of Whine and Roses. Legal Ethics, Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter 2006, Available at SSRN:

Jeffrey M. Lipshaw (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States


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