One L

  • by Scott Turow
  • Narrated by Holter Graham
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One L, Scott Turow's journal of his first year at law school and a best seller when it was first published in 1977, has gone on to become a virtual bible for prospective law students. Not only does it introduce with remarkable clarity the ideas and issues that are the stuff of legal education; it also brings alive the anxiety and competitiveness, with others and, even more, with oneself, that set the tone in this crucible of character building.Each September, a new crop of students enter Harvard Law School to begin an intense, often grueling, sometimes harrowing year of introduction to the law. Will the One Ls survive? Will they excel? Will they make the Law Review, the outward and visible sign of success in this ultra-competitive microcosm?With remarkable insight into both his fellow students and himself, Turow leads us through the ups and downs, the small triumphs and tragedies of the year, in an absorbing and thought-provoking narrative that teaches the listener not only about law school and the law but also about the human beings who make them what they are.


What the Critics Say

"The most accurate, complete, and balanced description yet of a century-old rite of passage in America." (Baltimore Sun)
"[One L] should be read by anyone who has ever contemplated going to law school or anyone who has ever worried about being human." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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A well-told and well-written account

One L brought insight into the self-induced psychopathology that first year students bestow on themselves, as well as the misdirected, flip pieces of advice that professors give to students undergoing a great deal of stress. I also became very interested in learning the basics of the law. I never knew what "torts" were until I listened to the story. I was impressed with the liveliness of the narration, and the clear writing as well. While some explanations rambled a bit, I was very interested in hearing Turow's story, and listened to the story straight through. I have new insight to the world my lawyer friends went through in their first year, and greater understanding why many of them exhibit the aggressive, combative personas when I talk with them. Turow wrote the book while undergoing law school, and the tone of the narrator's complaints and demonizing remarks sometimes come across as immature and whiny. Nonetheless, the narrative felt authentic, and I was engrossed in Turow's progress.

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- william c thill

Still a great choice 30 years later!

This audiobook describes Scott Turow's first year at Harvard Law in the 1970s. The first person perspective kept my attention. He candidly describes elitist professors, competitive fellow students, the detrimental effect on his marriage and the stress all 1Ls seem to endure. Any negativity is balanced by his underlying respect for the law, education and the process. The narrator is very good. I especially admired how adept he was at switching to different accents to portray different characters. This was a great choice for my commute as a 1L. It's remarkable how little legal education has changed in 30 years--many of his experiences are similar to my own. Several of his anecdotes even made me laugh out loud. I wish it hadn't ended...
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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2005
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio