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65 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1977)

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VOL 65, NO. 1

America's Oldest Law School Newspaper
SEPTEMBER 23, 1977


Enrollments Up Author Turow Chronicles
By 22 Per Cent First-Year Life at ILS
For 1L Women           By Tammy Jacobs

By Barbara Kritchevsky
It's up to 27.4 per cent. There are
154 women in this year's entering
Harvard Law School class of 561.
The number of women enrolled is
16 higher than last year, and the
percentage of women in the class
has increased from last year's fig-
ure of 25.2.
This increase in the number of
enrolled women occurred because
more women admitted to Harvard
have chosen to attend. 208 women
were admitted both this year and
More women applied to Har-
vard this year, also. Although
the number of total applicants
decreased by 47, from 6,559 to
6,512, the number of women ap-
plying increased from 1,774 to
The admissions officers appear
pleased with these results. N. June
Thompson, Assistant Director of
Admissions, said the office is con-
cerned primarily with getting more
women to apply to Harvard. Once
they apply, she said, one finds that
the women are as qualified as the
men, Their applications reflect as
many well and poorly qualified
candidates as one finds among the
Patricia Lydon, Assistant Dean
and Director of Admissions, said
the admissions system is as sex-
blind as possible. Thompson also
emphasized that there was no spe-
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A strange thing has happened to Scott Turow's book. When people read
it, he says, it becomes a chameleon.
Within what Turow intended to be a fairly straightforward account of
his first year at Harvard Law School, faculty members see criticisms of
the faculty, and students see criticisms of the student body.
Of course, One L has things to say - though not necessarily the
things people read into it. The recently-published book is a narra-
tive of actual events, using disguised composites of the professors
and students that peopled Turow's first year.
People in the community come to the book with such strong emotions,
says Turow, now 28 and a 3L. But it's not a chameleon. Properly read, all
of my conflicting, ambivalent feelings about Harvard Law School can be
For the first 100 pages of the 300-page book, Turow says, I decided I
wouldn't have anything to say. Further on, opinions and judgments
creep in.
And the last pages make some pretty blunt points about how
Turow feels about legal education.
There are the certainty rap and the brutality rap, Turow says, in a
kind of verbal shorthand. The former is a criticism of enforced stratifica-
(Continued on Page 4)

Scott Turow, author of One L

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