The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar

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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385541176
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gri
Description: 352 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 23, 2019

Really enjoyed this book. Makes me glad that I'm not ~$200,000 dollars in debt from for-profit graduate schools. I recommend!

Jun 02, 2019

This is the first John Grisham book that I have read and I enjoyed it. I plan on reading more of his books. Very interesting plot and I liked all the main characters.

Feb 06, 2019

This may not be a realistic portrayal of law school, but it was a very entertaining read. I enjoyed it a lot.

Jan 02, 2019

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.

Sep 27, 2018

I like Grisham’s books when I need a “beach read”. As usually he has picked an interesting subject. This time its about for profit law schools and the scam three unemployed graduates successfully pull on the student loan industry.

Sep 24, 2018

I thought the topic was timely and well chosen. The story seemed rushed, characters weren't likable, and story was implausible. I'm a Grisham fan, but this wasn't one of his better works. It had a ton of potential.

Sep 08, 2018

Definitely not John Grisham's best effort and a story (decent but not fast-paced or driven enough) seemingly not worthy of someone with his gravitas. However, Grisham does colour outside the lines and it is entertaining to see how he contends with moral uncertainty.

Sep 05, 2018

I expect much more from John Grisham whom is one of my favourite author.

Aug 06, 2018

A thrilling ride through the our current day legal system. A highly unlikely conclusion does not diminish the entertainment value of this tale.

Jul 24, 2018

As a legal writer, John Grisham focuses on the aspects of life for people who are involved in the judicial system. In this novel, readers are given an idea of the hardship of law school, as three friends (Mark, Todd, Zola) face difficulties studying and attending class, especially since their close friend committed suicide. This event pushes the three ordinary students to drop out in the final year. They face a large sum of debt from their loans, and have no one to turn to. Mark, Todd, and Zola become fake lawyers and hustle quick money in the corners of the courts without actual licenses. The pace of the story varies from a contemporary style to a chase in hopes of hunting down a wealthy hedge-fund operator behind the Great Law School Scam. Grisham does a smooth job in going back and forth between characters, and being able to express emotional tension as well as feelings. Rating: 4 of 5
- @Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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