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Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student

by Martha Kimes

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Really enjoyed this book. Good nice bit of fluff. Light reading. Reminds me of why I chose not to go to law school. Was fun to see a different grad school in NY perspective, also the incessant one upping of Columbia v. NYU, etc, Couldn't imagine living the life she did, but she seems to enjoyed it. Would love to see a follow up to see how she ended up in Phoenix and how her tenure at LLF played out. ( )
  skinglist | Mar 8, 2009 |
If you think this just another memoir, think again. Martha Kimes’ memoir of her journey through Columbia Law School is much more just legal stories and anecdotes. Martha’s recounting of her experiences, thoughts, and memories are often funny, sometimes depressing, and always have a ring of authenticity – even though the she states that “certain details were fictionalized, and some specific dialogue was exaggerated.” Martha shares her feelings of being out of place, in over her head, and also her desire to achieve her goal in a compelling, humorous, and, ultimately, inspirational memoir. ( )
  pandalibrarian | Aug 21, 2008 |
A number of people have written about this book as a portrait of law school and its depiction of the unique experiences of law students. It would be a mistake, however, for the potential reader to consign this entertaining and irresistible work to the niche of legal anecdotes.

Martha Kimes has written a memoir of her days in the high pressure world of Columbia Law School that transcends its specific setting. You don't have to be a law student to identify with her persistent feeling that she is in over her head and doesn't belong, nor to appreciate her tenacious pursuit of her goal despite her lingering self-doubts. Ultimately, Kimes has penned a quest story, a journey through hallowed halls peopled by characters familiar to anyone who has ever studied with the best and brightest and most competitive of their chosen field.

In the end, Martha Kimes finds success without pretention, and no one seems more surprised by that than herself. The book is like that as well. It's a fun and compelling journey through a lofty world most of us will never experience, guided by the girl next door. ( )
  rumhud | May 8, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743288386, Hardcover)

From first-day nerves to first-year grades, from bizarre job interviews to bar exam insanity, Ivy Briefs pulls back the curtain on the marbled halls of law school, revealing the absurdity often bubbling beneath the surface.

Meet Martha Kimes: a naïve small-town girl with strong neurotic tendencies who has (due to an inexplicable stroke of luck) been admitted to Columbia Law School. She's a Midwesterner in the middle of Manhattan, a student on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In her candid memoir -- the best of its kind since One L and the only one written by a woman -- Kimes makes her way through law school, doing battle with a memorable cast of characters:

The Sadistic Professor: Every law student's nemesis, the Sadistic Professor takes pity on no one. The Socratic Method is his favorite torture device, and he's got staying power that rivals that of the Energizer Bunny.

The Gunner: So enamored with the sound of his own voice, he finds it physically impossible to keep his hand from gunning up into the air every time a professor asks a question. Ten minutes into the start of the school year, everyone is already sick of the Gunner.

The Do-gooder: Lurking behind a kind exterior is a pit bull ready to pounce on those who don't plan to devote their legal careers to public service. But would she be so quick to categorize all those who dare go into corporate law as loathsome, soulless warriors for the devil if she, too, had student loans to repay?

The Boarding School Bastard: He wears a firmly pressed pin-striped oxford shirt and has a condescending attitude bigger than most European countries. By definition he is better than you because he went to Exeter. And he'll never let you forget it.

With sharp wit, dead-on aim, and a healthy dose of self-deprecation, Kimes proves that it is possible to survive law school with both your sense of humor and your sanity intact.

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