If you are considering law school or are already there, Way Worse Than Being a Dentist: The Lawyer’s Quest for Meaning by Will Meyerhofer is a must-read.
Meyerhofer is a former BigLaw attorney who is now known as The People’s Therapist because, with his Master’s in Social Work, he counsels lawyers and ex-lawyers, among others; he expertly weaves his own experiences with those of his patients (obviously in non-identifiable ways) to discuss some aspects of being a Big Law attorney that aren’t discussed very often or very openly.
I love Law School Undercover by Professor X for insight into what law school is like, and The Young Lawyer’s Jungle Book by Thane Messinger does a excellent job of laying out the logistics of law firm life, but Meyerhofer’s book goes deeper and hits on the emotions and sentiments of attorneys who have worked in BigLaw as both partners and associates. Meyerhofer delves into not-often talked about issues like demanding partners, intermittent boredom as an associate, and office romances, offering support and advice for how to begin to cope with various situations.
Meyerhofer’s writing style is clean and casual, making it a true pleasure to read, and the book itself is organized as a collection of his columns from Above the Law — great for reading on the go and digesting as much or as little as you wish in a given sitting.
This book would also be useful for recent law graduates and practicing attorneys, especially those in Big Law who perhaps feel alone and not sure where to turn or what to do next. This is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve come across about the realities of working in the legal profession, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Five stars.
Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher.