The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law by Mark Hermann is a short, snappy guide full of years of law firm wisdom for young associates delivered tongue-in-cheek–and yet quite seriously at the same time.
Hermann lives up to the “curmudgeon” in the title with page after page of “the truth hurts” kind of knowledge, offering advice on writing memoranda as an associate, entering time so clients will pay for it, building a practice, and so much more. Several parts of the book were laugh-out-loud funny for me; the Curmudgeon’s Law Dictionary is especially entertaining.
But beneath the cutting remarks and sarcasm, the reader should never lose sight of the solid information contained in this slim volume; the part about why turning to the computer first for research causes the Curmudgeon to “foam at the mouth” is likely one of the most illuminating points in the book for young associates.
Entertaining, compact, and simply a pleasure to read, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law would be a great choice for anyone entering the legal profession including aspiring law students, which is why I give it my highest recommendation.