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Published by the American Bar Association (ABA), The Curve is a highly entertaining and deeply ironic satire of the current state of legal education, and reads like a cross of Dangerous Minds and The Paper Chase.
According to an April 26, 2015 front page article in the New York Times, “There's no business like the business of law school.” In a tanking legal market, law schools have been able to jack up tuition four times faster than the cost of a college education. Yet except for a few elite schools, more law school graduates are unemployed – or under-employed – than ever before. But just don't take the media's word for it. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but fiction is funnier.
This hilarious novel features a colorful cast of eccentrics and law school misfits, a satirical plot that – without too much of a stretch – could be ripped from the headlines, and a proven author duo of Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher, who know the law school world and have six previous books between them.
The Curve tells the story of Adam Wright, a newly minted professor with high hopes and low expectations. But nothing has prepared him for a classroom of digitally distracted students, a rebellion of grade grubbers, a Law Journal staff at the helm of a schoolwide scam, and a corrupt administration that runs the school as if it were a personal ATM. Adam regrets leaving his lucrative corporate law firm for the wilds of academia, until he finds an ally in the brilliant and fetching Laura Stapleton, a colleague with her own troubling secrets.
Now the two professors may just have to save legal education...or join their students in the unemployment line...or worse.