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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.

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