The Paper Chase

The Paper Chase When initially published The Paper Chase was widely acclaimed as the first novel to realistically describe the experiences of students within American law schools The film version appeared to sensati

  • Title: The Paper Chase
  • Author: John Jay Osborn Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780878755394
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • When initially published, The Paper Chase was widely acclaimed as the first novel to realistically describe the experiences of students within American law schools The film version appeared to sensational reviews, and John Houseman, playing Professor Kingsfield won an Academy Award Then, with Houseman again playing Kingsfield, The Paper Chase appeared as a television serWhen initially published, The Paper Chase was widely acclaimed as the first novel to realistically describe the experiences of students within American law schools The film version appeared to sensational reviews, and John Houseman, playing Professor Kingsfield won an Academy Award Then, with Houseman again playing Kingsfield, The Paper Chase appeared as a television series on CBS After that, the series in its entirety was re run as a special on PBS, the first time a commercial American television series had been re broadcast on public television Subsequently, The Paper Chase television series was taken over by the cable network Showtime, which continued to produce new episodes Every year, a theatrical play version of The Paper Chase is produced in regional theatres and schools across the United States In its many incarnations, The Paper Chase has been one of the most influential books of its generation and has defined law school for millions of Americans.

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    1. I have One L. by Scott Turow more than once because it is a really good book on the experience of Law School. Note: One L is non-fiction. Paper Chase is a novel. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with Paper Chase.

    2. Read this in one day, and what an odd little book. I imagine many readers will be put off by the impenetrability of the characters, but personally I found this compelling because Osborn absolutely nails the many, many anxieties and insecurities of academia. A solid campus novel; I only wish it it had been a little longer and given the characters a little more room to breathe. (But also Susan is nuts and I love her.)

    3. “The Paper Chase” is John Jay Osborn’s 1971 novel of law school and the main character Hart’s mostly one sided psychic war with contracts professor Kingsfield. Osborn started writing “The Paper Chase” in his first year at the Harvard Law School. The novel is formatted like a series of vignettes of law school linked together by Hart’s romance with Kingsfield’s daughter Susan, a relationship he finds every bit as challenging and frustrating as his relationship with her father.I’v [...]

    4. A great book with a timeless theme - the relationship between teacher and student - but with plenty of themes that make this a highly individualized novel.Also, I loved the insight into the mechanics of an ivy league law school. Working with law students here on the West Coast only added to the spice of this crazy rite-of-passage.

    5. This is a fabulous read. It's short, takes a day to read, and gets right to the point. It does the job so much more brilliantly and pungently than Turow's One L. This is the definitive book about the first year at the Harvard Law School. It really made me glad I went somewhere else.

    6. A really good read about first year students at Harvard Law School. I may have been slightly prejudiced by watch all 4 seasons of the TV adaptation a number of years ago.

    7. Having never been in law school--nor ever interested in attending--any finer points regarding accuracy and stereotypes have fully passed me by.But as a regular ol' English major, there were aspects of this which really appealed to me.The Paper Chase reads much less like a novel and more like a series of sketches. They don't necessarily link from chapter-to-chapter, and even once the whole thing is said and done a number of the chapters still feel a bit haphazard. Few books could get away with do [...]

    8. Meh.I guess it's almost inevitable that such a short novel(la) would operate in the stereotype-osphere, but allowing that doesn't make The Paper Chase any more enjoyable. I think there was a great nugget of an idea here, but Osborn was either too busy or young to fully develop it. I do hope, however, that the stereotypes in his novel were a reflection of the various sides and states of mind he was in while at Harvard Lawat would be a little redeeming. I had wondered (before reading his bio) if O [...]

    9. No book had more influence on me in writing “Forgetful” than “The Paper Chase.” The parts of my book that dealt with the seminar were difficult to write. But the knowledge that more than 40-years ago John Osborne had been able to vividly capture the feel of a 1st-year law class at Harvard made me know that it could be done. I just had to keep at it. Of course Osborne wrote from the viewpoint of Hart, the student, while I wrote from the perspective of Ben Parks, the professor. But still O [...]

    10. What I learned is that this book is over-hyped. I start law school in a few days and virtually all the books I've read about it say that law school is this horrible experience filled with awful people who engage in every sort of cutthroat tactic in order to get ahead of you in the curve. The Paper Chase is the quintessential example (and probably most famous) of these types of stories. From all the people I've talked to here at William & Mary and elsewhere, this type of behavior is quite rar [...]

    11. Two good things:First, it is a good story. This is a story that needed telling. Second, the environment is described in a way that one can visualize it. Langdell Hall, the dorms, etc.The distracting feature of this book is the style in which it is written. I describe it as "stilted," but I don't mean stiffly dignified; it is rather "stacked together." Too clipped at some points and the pacing seems very fast.Overall, it is a fun read and, again, a good story. To quote ancient wisdom, "It is the [...]

    12. I think this i a little bit overly melodramatic. I feel that Scott Turow's One L is more realistic. However, I think the appeal of this book possibly has to do with its describing what you might call fantasies. The student who gives a party and no one comes, the students who sneak into the library in the middle of the night after it's locked, the professor who means a lot to you and can't remember your name, the students who check into a hotel for a couple of days in order to spend all day and n [...]

    13. A quick read and one that was mostly enjoyable. There were a few things that felt pretty sexist but then the author portrayed Susan Kingsfield as a strong woman.The movie adaptation is one of my favorites, with an impeccable cast: Timothy Bottoms as Hart, Lyndsey Wagner as Susan and the esteemed John Houseman as Kingsfield. The film follows the story mostly, but at times it changes scene order or attributes actions to Hart that were done by others. The Susan character was definitely dialed back [...]

    14. The edition I read had "deleted scenes" in it: what a mistake! They showed that the writer is actually a pretty BAD writer -- I guess he had a great editor!This is a classic for law students, but I can't remember ever reading it. Parts were great, but parts seemed almost surreal? I debated between 3 and 4 stars. In the end, I decided, it is 4 stars for law students and prospective law students, 3 stars for everyone else.Reread in July 2016: not even as good as I remembered it. Why did I bother?

    15. Sonia Sotomayor had referred to this book in her autobiography. I had never read this, but it felt like I knew exactly what was going to happen throughout the entire story. I went to college at the same time that this story was set in. I guess nothing in it surprised me. Why does school have to be like this? Why is education often set up as a competition and such a challenge? Why does education involve pressures? Why does learning involve so much stress? And why does it continue in this way toda [...]

    16. Read this book to try to understand the law school phenomenon better. Nope, didn't help at all. Most of the book was the student freaking out about being ready to answer a question in his contracts class. Seriously, answer the damned question it doesn't effect your grade! That said it helps me kind of understand the psychology of a law student that thinks every word they say is all important. And it was short, and very readable, and a classic of law school. And I liked the ending.

    17. This book was disappointing. I have a fascination with Harvard Law School (not sure why) and was looking for some exposure to this world and I guess I got some. The relationship between Hart and Susan, in my opinion, was never fully developed and I really didn't find myself caring what happened between them.I found the ending to be bizarre and I didn't find it very satisfying.I cannot recommend this book or the movie either.

    18. Book NonRecommendation : Just finished "The Paper Chase" by John Jay Osborne Jr. The movie was incredible so it lead me to the book. Normally, the book smokes the movie, but not in this case. I give this book a 3 out of 10 and that is being very very generous. The author just seems to rush through so many issues that were great scenes in the movie. Bitter disappointment. :(

    19. I was always a big fan of the Television series from the 70's and the movie. I just realized (duh) that it was based on a book. All the characters are here - in fact the show and movie followed the book wonderfully. I love Hart and have always identified with him. Good read that filled me with lots of nostalgia for the dreams of youth.

    20. I read this before I went to law school. I can't remember why. I probably thought it would give me a leg up in law school - HAHAHAHA. About a group of Harvard law students in their first year of law school and how they deal with stress and expectations. Shows the ugly, competitive side of law school there's a lot of truth in it.

    21. I liked the book, it was very quickly paced and gave a good insight as to the insanity that goes on behind the scenes at a top notch law school. Similarly, I liked the underlying theme of what's important in life and the fact that the book addresses them and leaves you satisfied with the conclusion.

    22. I read this book around the time that the film and the television show had been very popular. It influenced me many years later when I was using real law libraries to do college research. I learned that much of the writer's perspective was distorted and vain. It was a good read at the time. I find it also very interesting that now that there is a new edition, no others are available.

    23. It's evolved into a horror story of sorts in the way it reveals how little legal education has changed since the 1960s, and I guess it's neat as a critique. The front cover includes a blurb from the New Yorker calling Osborn a "writer of wit and style", but I didn't find it particularly stylish or funny, and the descriptions of women made me sigh in dismay.

    24. I really hated this book and I'm in law school. It felt like the author/ main character become obsessed with law school and one of his professors on a very psychopathic level. The book captures how being called on in law school is but if you can't jive with the main character like I did, you will probably hate this book too.

    25. I remember the show on TV when I was a kid; I never realized it began as a novel. A very good read. It doesn't bore you with a lot of courtroom lingo; it's just a good coming-of-age story about one man's first year in law school.

    26. I miss the eponymous TV series of the late 1970's. I saw the 1973 film *after* I had seen the series. Lastly, I read the book, which I liked enough to read Osborn's other works, e.g The Associates, which was mde into a short lived ABC sitcom starring Martin Short, Alley Mills and Joe Regalbuto.

    27. It's an okay story. People who have attended law school may find it fascinating, but to anyone else, it is a look into a world we really don't care about. Episodic in structure, it paints some fine details, but to what end? It is mildly interesting.

    28. One of the worst books I've ever read, back in the 1980's. It had a particularly unsatisfactory way of ending; I remember swiftly reading the last few pages and in one fluid movement closing the book and placing it in the trash. Then I quickly stood up, left the room and closed the door!

    29. I remember the tv show fondly but had never read the original novel(la). Maybe if I went back to re-watch I'd be as dissatisfied as I was with the book. Maybe I'd be just as disappointed to re-live my college years in the 70's with that era's pervasive sexism.

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