Book Review: The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham is a sobering read for anyone contemplating graduate school. . .especially law school. While many aspects of the plot aren’t plausible or credible, the daunting amount of debt a student can accumulate is very, very real. There is a myth that attorneys make buckets of money. This is only true for those who go to Ivy League law schools such as Harvard, Yale, or Stanford.

Students who attend lesser schools and don’t graduate at the very top of their classes often find job prospects grim and paychecks minuscule. The overhead for practicing law, however, can be staggering. Quite frankly, on an hourly basis, it might be more lucrative to get a job flipping burgers at a fast food joint where employees are paid for overtime.

The central characters in this book enrolled in law school with stars in their eyes. By the time they discovered they’d been conned, they had each accumulated staggering debt which they could never repay. While this book is a slap at for-profit college mills, this same scam happens at many universities with respectable reputations.

As artificial intelligence advances, there are sadly few professions with certain futures.

If you are looking for a Grisham thriller, I’d take a pass on this book.  It isn’t his best work.

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