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The Rooster Bar / John Grisham.

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ISBN#9780385541176
BIB ID#2119807
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The Rooster Bar

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352 pages ; 25 cm
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"Three disillusioned and debt-ridden third-year law students attend a for-profit law school, perform menial tasks at sleazy law firms, and pull pints at the local pub. Admitting they've been duped and the school can't prepare them adequately to pass the bar, Mark, Todd, and Zola brazenly drop out, evade their debt, and change their names. Functioning as licensed lawyers, they open an office, learn the lingo and modus operandi for hustling dried-out drunks and personal injury claims, counsel clients, and collect their fee. To punish the school's deceitful tactics, the trio devise a sinister plot to expose the hedge-fund owner of eight exploitative for-profit law schools and numerous banks specializing in student loans. Since the unauthorized practice of law is a minor offense, their nonreportable and tax-free earnings ease their guilt for preying on folks needing legal help-until cases become too legally complex and debt collectors become unavoidable." -- Library Journal.

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Summary/Annotation ->  #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham's newest legal thriller takes you inside a law firm that's on shaky ground.

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 . . .
Pull up a stool, grab a cold one, and get ready to spend some time at The Rooster Bar .

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Great story line. How many disappointed law school graduates are out there, burdened with insurmountable debt and no job prospects? I wonder how many private law schools like this exist, supported by the government, knowingly or unknowingly, diploma mills with average students and less than adequate professors, with little or no chance for employment because of their sub-par education, never having a chance from the get-go, and who enroll wrongly believing they have a chance at a professional career? The main characters concoct a fantastic scheme to extricate themselves from their dead-end lives using the Internet as their teacher. John Grisham makes it all look so easy.