Here is a Dime, Use it to Phone a Friend

I cheated in law school.

It was easy, it was worth it, and looking back, I should have done it more.

The last exam of first semester was Civil Procedure. That was the tough class for my section. Every group of 1Ls has the “tough class.” The one with the professor everyone is intimidated by. The one they spend so much time studying for that they show up to other classes unprepared. In The Paper Chase, the tough class is Contracts with Kingsfield.

Civil Procedure with Samuel Issacharoff was our tough class. It wasn’t the “Kingsfield” of our 1L year though. Our equivalent of Kingsfield, the professor students have heard about before even applying to law school, was Arthur Miller, the professor on whom Perini is based in Scott Turow’s 1L. Arthur Miller also taught civil procedure, but to a different group of students, chosen at random.

Despite the tens of thousands of dollars you pay in tuition to your law school, it’s often a crapshoot like that. Some people will take a class from a legendary professor and gain stories to tell on interviews or around the water cooler later in life. Other people get the B squad. Not that NYU’s B squad was at all bad. But, “Yeah, Arthur Miller was teaching civ pro when I was there, …I had someone else though” isn’t really a compelling story. The Paper Chase without Kingsfield is not The Paper Chase.

Despite not being Arthur Miller, Issacharoff was still the terrifying professor for our section. That makes some people terrified of the exam. They’re scared of every exam, but really on edge about the tough professor’s test. With the curve though, it doesn’t really matter. A hard exam is hard for everyone. Your performance is relative to the performance of your classmates.

And, that’s why cheating works.

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27 Responses to “Here is a Dime, Use it to Phone a Friend”

  1. Ellen Says:

    I would NEVER Cheet in Class. I went to Law SCHOOL to learn and to become a lawyer.

    I am now admitted to the NY Bar and have a very responsebel job as an associate. The manageing partner has begun to give me very good assinments and I just came back from a due diligence exercize in Dallas.

    If I did not at ethically, I would be dis-barred, and that would NOT be a good thing for me.

    For now, I have to do everything by the BOOK, and the manageing partner is watching me carfully.

  2. robot pimp Says:

    Ellen, you sound like you are snookered. But since you brought it up, is the managaing partner looking down your lo cut blouse? And BTW, drinking at work is a career killer.

  3. Annie O'Mouse Says:

    I have occasionally wondered what would have happened if I had engaged a well-qualified individual to handle my law review write-on for me.

  4. Not a Lawyer Says:


    I shooooo glaaad you’re RESPONSEBEL enuff to visit my fair city on ashignment by your partner. See? Drunk typing is fun.

    You never told me how you enjoyed my hometown on your assignment.

  5. Ellen Says:

    I liked Dallas. I first saw it on TV when I was a little GIRL and always remember Mizz Elley. She was like my Nanna. Nanna loved me and did NOT critize me. Fooey on you! Fooey!

  6. Pig Says:

    It is so hot here in Los Angeles, my shoulder harness clip became a branding iron. Birds are pulling worms out of the ground with potholders.

    Even close to the beach its hot.

    But shay, Ellen, aside from not ans ring the question, how …hic,…can you be old enough to rememer a TV show that died out in the 80″s? Or was it the 70′s? You must be at least 32. Isn’t that biological clock ticking awfully loud by now?

    But more important Ellen, is there an excuse for Governor Shcwarzzeneger’s actions in having a kid with the maid while his wife was pregnant? I want to know if a woman can find an explanation for this thing.

  7. Ellen Says:

    I do not agree it was good for the governer to have sex with the maid. And yes, I am not getting any younger. I want to be MARRIED before I comit to sex and children with a man. Fooey on you too. You are not getting younger either! Fooey!

  8. You are a dude, Ellen Says:

    what the hell is with the random capitalization, sir

  9. Not a Lawyer Says:

    I’ve known 2 men that were the absolute worst cheaters – they’d bang anything that moved just because they could – I’m talking old, ugly, fat – they didn’t care. Though I can’t definitively say it’s the reason, both of these men had serious mommy issues. (And as the mother of a 4 year old boy, I do keep this in mind). The Governator is likely the same – he felt entitled to screw anything and everything. You KNOW the maid wasn’t the only one.

    Ellen, why are you fooeying me? I said I missed you! Okay, and then I made fun of your typing. Is that Fooey-worthy offense?

  10. Pig Says:

    ellen: I too am nonplussed at the fooey you have placed on me. Is this some religious sect I don’t know about? An ayatolah envy you have?

    I am only saying that a short term lease with some of the men you like might be better than a mortgage: at least till you know what they look like in the morning. If they snore. What they think about kids. what they are like when they drink over time.

    kids not only cost more each year they require and are entitled and you will want to give them endless time. Homework, accidents, doctor visits, buying a car, tests, boyfriends, really want to be sure you have kids with someone who is going to be there for them, if not for you.

    And stop drinkig so much. It makes you age.

    I can understand cheating if a spouse is an eldless nag, packs on pounds, ridicules the other in public (I see women do this a lot-its like an announcement “I have a death wish for my marriage”), or refuses to have sex. But I don’t get the urge to cheat with people that appear to be so distinctly inferior in all areas. I just don’t get it. Its not like they got a chance to do it with a CEO that looks like a Victoria’s Secret underwear model.

  11. BL5y Says:

    A man starts thinking about cheating when a woman cuts her hair short.

  12. JP Says:

    Jenkins and Gilchrist insisted that I interview for a summer associate position in their Houston office becuase of my background in Chemical Engineering. I did not get that summer associate position.

    Had I been an electrical engineer, I would have been awarded an immediate summer associate position with them in Dallas without having to travel to Dallas for a callback interview.

    In fact, I had multiple callback interviews to various cities. And not once did I get an actual summer associate position from them. For some reason, I was great in the one on one interviews and then did poorly in the callback interviews.

    I eventually got a summer associate position (where I ended up working for 5 years) by sending out letters.

    Ahhhh, memories of Texas.

  13. Hank Says:


    Can’t live with ‘em;

    Can’t live without ‘em.

    What’s a dude with a rod to do?

    Put up with these dames.

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