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Bitter Lawyer Quizzes Elizabeth Wurtzel

A few months ago, author-turned-lawyer Elizabeth Wurtzel stirred up some controversy with an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal arguing that perhaps time spent working at BigLaw was just one big waste. Now Bitter Lawyer throws a few questions Wurtzel's way in hopes of catching a little more controversy.

Wurtzel says she decided to go to Yale Law even though it was a crazy idea -- she already had a successful career as a writer. Though Wurtzel thought she might want to teach, she eventually decided that she wanted to use her law degree in practice. However, she also wanted to continue to write, and WilmerHale, the firm where Wurtzel spent her first summer after law school, couldn't accommodate that goal.

So Wurtzel wrote to fellow Yale alum David Boies, telling him that she wanted to practice law and write. Boies offered her a position at his firm, Boies, Schiller & Flexner -- though she soon learned that "part time at Boies, Schiller is like fulltime by anyone else's reckoning ... I work five days a week, but most people here work seven, so I guess that's part-time. I suppose you can think of my schedule as being something closer to flextime."

In the second part of the interview, Wurtzel reveals another big secret: She's not much of a blog reader and doesn't really even follow Above the Law (probably one of only a handful of associates in that category!) Hopefully she has managed to miss the latest commentary about her on Gawker, too.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on July 24, 2009 at 04:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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