Legal Asylum: A Comedy

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Legal Asylum: A Comedy

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ISBN: 978-163425-611-7
Product Code: 1620726
2017, 292 pages, 6 x 9, hardcover

Legal Asylum is a satiric tale of the lengths an ambitious law school dean will go to in order to secure her school into the top 5 of the US News and World Report annual ranking of the nation's best law schools.

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Legal Asylum is the latest novel by Paul Goldstein, author of Secret Justice. It is a satiric tale of the lengths an ambitious law school dean, Elspeth Flowers, will go to in order to secure her school into the top 5 of the US News and World Report annual ranking of the nation's best law schools....

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Marketa Trimble Landova Mar 30, 2017 Report Abuse
Paul Goldstein’s Legal Asylum is a must read for the thousands of law school applicants who will receive their admission letters this spring. Of course, everyone who is involved in or interested in legal education will enjoy this satirical look at life ad absurdum in law schools; the book exposes the many ailments afflicting U.S. law school deans and faculties, who are comically constrained in their desperate chase for ever-higher positions in the U.S. News and World Report annual rankings of U.S. law schools. Indeed, for many university professors (and not just law professors) the book has therapeutic value because it exposes problems that professors might have experienced in their own institutions – or heard of in other institutions. Yes, these problems can happen anywhere. As the book suggests, at least some of its situations are staples of higher education (while, admittedly, some are law school-specific). Law school admittees might initially be horrified – until they discern when the book is taking satire to its limits and when the story more closely maps real life. But exaggerated or not, the story is an eye-opening commentary on the perceived value of the U.S. News and World Report’s law school rankings, which inevitably and invariably play a role in admittees’ decisions on where to enroll in law school and how to spend their education dollars. Importantly, the book suggests the kinds of questions that admittees should be asking law schools that have admitted them. It is fitting that the one group that is spared in the story’s merciless satire is law students. No one is better qualified to write this story than Paul Goldstein, a celebrated law professor and author with five decades of experience in legal academia.
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