The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar

by John Grisham

Overview: Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

But maybe there’s a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no . . .

Deanna Boe (02/20/19): Wow – if I had read the reviews that others have written about this book, I probably wouldn’t have read it. But, I did, and it wasn’t as bad as the majority of the reviewers stated it was. It isn’t a “deep” novel, and isn’t one of Grisham’s top rated ones, but non-the-less, it is a quick read and I enjoyed it after reading a very long one about Clementine Churchill. In fact, when you consider he has written 38 previous novels, I think it is quite good. My question is always where do these authors come up with all these ideas and then proceed to write a decent storyline to go with it. In this case Grisham happened to read an article in the Atlantic titled “The Law School Scam.” Presto, he was inspired to write a book about it, it was that simple. Grisham went on to say “I played fast and loose with reality, especially the legal stuff. Laws, courthouses, procedures, statutes, firms, judges, and their courtrooms, lawyers, and their habits, all have been fictionalized at will to suit the story.”

You have four law students about to finish at a so/so law school with extremely high debts and no jobs in sight. One of the four worked out the man who owned this worthless law school, also loaned the money for students to attend, even though they had lousy scores on their LSAT and probably shouldn’t have been in the law school in the first place. Not only that, this man was tied into other horrible ways to screw people and make lots of money for himself. All of this depressed this law student so much he ended up committing suicide. Now we have the other three up and decide to quit their last semester of school; they concoct some crazy ideas on how to make money, even though the ideas are illegal. Yes, it gets pretty far out, but you find yourself hoping these three succeed.
Rating: ***

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