Bargaining With the Devil, 105 Harvard Law Review 2041 (1992)
This fascinating (if sometimes irritating) book records a Pilgrim's Progress of a law student and his imperilled soul through a forest thick with dangers and temptations. It is Richard Kahlenberg's account of how he - just barely! - survived three years of Harvard Law School (HLS) classes, extracurricular activities, and jobs searches without, in the end, going to work for a corporate law firm. From his present perch of safety as a staff assistant to United States Senator Charles S. Robb, Kahlenberg (HLS class of 1989) offers this memoir of his perilous journey as a guidebook and cautionary tale for the law students who follow him, and as a meditation and polemic on the briar patch of subtle pressures and incentives that make the path to public service so hard to travel.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Gordon, Robert W., "Bargaining With the Devil" (1992). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 1356.