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....
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. Success means securing a spot in history as no state law school has ever made it to the top, but at what cost to Dean Flowers, to her somewhat bumbling but well intentioned Assistant Dean, Jimmy Fleenor, and to the future of the university itself?
PRAISE FOR LEGAL ASYLUM
“I believe that no institution should be spared from cutting humor and Paul Goldstein certainly doesn’t spare law schools from his hilarious and scathing humor. You will never view legal education in the same light after you’ve read Legal Asylum.”
—Alan Dershowitz, author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law
“A wonderful read! Paul Goldstein combines a jaunt through the law school world with biting wit and humor.”
—Amanda Brown, author of Legally Blonde
“This biting satire by a longtime law professor offers frightening insights into the modern American legal academy.”
—David Lat, Managing Editor of Above the Law and author of Supreme Ambitions: A Novel
“A funny, biting, beautifully written satire of a world that badly needs satirizing.”
—Eugene Volokh, founder of The Volokh Conspiracy and Professor of Law, UCLA
"The wacky behind-the-scenes travails of a state law school trying to be reaccredited and make the top five nationally at the same time leads to hilarity, though only for the readers, not the characters. The main character is the dean of the law school, a driven and attractive woman who wants to be on the Supreme Court and have sex with just about everyone—compatible goals, I guess. But even with her leading the way there were so many points of view! To my surprise I rather like the member of the accreditation committee who writes notes to be transcribed like Cooper and Diane from Twin Peaks. I liked the tone of the whole thing; it’s not hilariously funny, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously, like when the chancellor takes Viagra at the wrong time. There’s an interesting tangent on commercialism and Chinese aspirations too. I wanna root for the Dean of Sexiness, but she’s not exactly sympathetic. And her obsession with being top 5, even if she has an incredibly selfish reason for it, is so ridiculous I can’t stand her. At one point she beats up two librarians and gets away with it, which is the main problem I had with the plot. Funny how I only moderately liked it as I was reading it, but the ending was uplifting enough to push it slightly higher. 3.5 pushed up to 4/5."
—Paul Franco, LOGANBRUIN Blog