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Gary Muldoon, a politician, attorney and budding author, pulls no punches about the legal profession in his newest compendium of short stories, lists and life lessons. While some of his advice is slightly purple (e.g. turn off your goddamned cell phone), the majority is sound and some is pure genius. For example, one paragraph, buried in the early third of the book bears repeating, and it should probably be read to every single law student before they sign their first loan commitment letter:

If you don’t like the economics of law, go into some other line of work. But if you enter law, don’t expect the mega-salaries that a few make when starting out in the biggest law firms. Most lawyers are members of the middle class. Many others have a hardscrabble life, and many graduates getting out of law school are stranded, without any job. Being a member of a profession is no guarantee of financial success.

The beginning of the book discusses life in preparation for and during law school. He’s dead on in his assessment that: 1. You will need a mentor; 2. You will work hard; and 3. You should try to keep in shape. The most insightful thing he says during that section, however, is simply that we should all strive to be well read.

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