Lawyer Boy

A Case Study on Growing Up

Rick Lax

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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.

Rick’s father, a successful Michigan attorney, told Rick it was time to move out and enter the real world. Rick certainly wasn’t going to get a job, so he went to law school instead.

This is the story of Rick’s 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 it’s criminal.

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Lawyer Boy
CHAPTER ONEA Sleight Change of PlansI always wanted to be a magician, but my father, a tax lawyer, never considered magic a "viable career path." My mother, on the other hand, always told me I could do whatever I wanted with my life, but as I grew older, I realized that she and my father were playing Good Cop/Bad Cop and that when she said that I could do whatever I wanted with my life, she meant I could practice whatever kind of law I wanted.My uncle is a lawyer, and so are my Michigan cousins, my Chicago cousins, and my New York cousins.

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"Immensely entertaining."

—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. It’s The Paper Chase on nitrous—an oddball’s 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


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Rick Lax

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.

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Lawyer Boy
A Case Study on Growing Up
Rick Lax

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St. Martin's Press
July 2008
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ISBN: 9781429969666
ISBN10: 1429969660
288 pages, Includes 7 line drawings throughout
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
July 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312373351
ISBN10: 031237335X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes 7 line drawings throughout
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