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From Publishers Weekly This is a decidedly personal account?sometimes irritatingly so?of Mirande's experiences as an established academic (professor of sociology at the University of California?Riverside) who started a second career by attending Stanford Law School. Throughout, Mirande sketches in scenes from his family's history as he examines the impulses that led him to law school and to react to it as he did. In nearly all respects, Mirande found studying law dehumanizing. He saw himself as a Chicano systematically marginalized, silenced and confronted by hierarchies into which he couldn't gain admittance. His complaints range from umbrage at a professor who didn't call on him in class, to resentments of fellow students who in turn resented him and a critique of the law itself as dominated by an elite white male culture. The author did find the practical side of law far more attractive. A course in lawyering and social change and a practicum in which Mirande successfully represented an applicant for political asylum appear to have made attending law school worthwhile. Readers will be alternately exasperated and intrigued by Mirande's well-written but self-absorbed account of his law school years. (Nov.) Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more Review 'Dispelling illusions about the law school experience for the first time from the perspective of a Mexican-American, Mirand? gives a bold account of the nature of law school. His experience documents how elitism and rigid hierarchies are embedded in law schools regardless of their status.' ?Multicultural Review (October 2006)?'. . . Mirand? writes The Stanford Law Chronicles not to homogenize the law school experience, but to reflect some sensitivity to gender, race and class dynamics in law school culture. Regardless of whether one can completely empathize with Mirand?'s law school experience, his book glaringly reminds us of how formidable the law school experience can be.' ?New York Law Journal (July 19, 2006)? Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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