Synopses & Reviews
After college, Rick Lax moved back into his parents house. The closest thing he had to a job was eating his parents food, sitting on his parents couch, and watching The Price is Right. An amateur magician, he spent the rest of his time practicing card tricks and rope tricks. And though he could tie four different slipknots, the necktie posed some difficulties.
Ricks father, a successful Michigan attorney, told Rick it was time to move out and enter the real world. Rick certainly wasnt going to get a job, so he went to law school instead.
This is the story of Ricks journey from childhood to lawyerhood.
In Lawyer Boy, Rick uses the skills he developed as a magician to succeed in class, and learns how to become a lawyer without becoming his father. His journey through law school was exhausting, exciting, and infuriating, and, the way he tells it, so funny its criminal.
"First-time author Lax delivers an entertaining and sometimes zany look at the first year of law school. Although he dreams of being a professional magician, Lax realizes after college that being a lawyer like his father and most of his relatives (he provides a family tree showing the remarkable number of lawyers who are relatives) is inevitable. After being accepted into the DePaul School of Law in Chicago, where passenger trains 'screamed past the classroom every ten minutes,' he finds that the world of torts and criminal law is both like and unlike everything he had imagined. The workload is still brutal as a professor tells him, 'For the next year, the American legal system will be your girlfriend.' But Lax's discoveries of what he didn't expect offer fascinating up-to-date insights such as the inevitability of the depression he develops (lawyers 'are about four times more likely to experience clinical depression than the general population') and the hard fact that '[l]aw schools don't fail students like they used to. They need the tuition dollars to stay competitive.' (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
—A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically
"Rick Lax is really funny and uses his background in magic to see through the bullshit and hypocrisy that make up the law school experience. I'm really glad he's getting the law degree so he has a job other than magic—we don't need this kind of competition."
—Penn Jillette, author of Sock, co-host of Showtime's Bullsh*t!, and the larger, louder half of the performing team Penn & Teller
"A very entertaining work by a clever, hopeful, and unavoidably unscrupulous guy. My kinda book."
—Harry Anderson, author of Games You Can't Lose and star of Night Court and Dave's World
"Rick Lax may be at law school—and he may try to impress girls at parties by doing magic tricks—but he isn't a total geek. Okay, that's a lie. He is a total geek—but Lawyer Boy is thoroughly entertaining nevertheless."
—Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and The Sound of No Hands Clapping
"Lawyer Boy is a blast . . . Rick Lax is an ideal guide to law school, generous with practical advice and juicy gossip. Its The Paper Chase on nitrous—an oddballs journey into the deepest inner circles of law school hell. The absolute best magician/law student/cowbellist memoir ever written."
—Christopher Noxon, author of Rejuvenile
"Rick Lax writes with a sharp wit and a fine sense of the absurd. Lawyer Boy might not help anyone succeed in law school, but it will certainly make the experience more enjoyable."
—Steven Lubet, author of Lawyers' Poker
About the Author
Rick Lax attended the DePaul University College of Law and works as a freelance writer. He has written for The Michigan Daily, The American Enterprise, and Sojourners. An amateur magician, he lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he continues to practice prestidigitation.