The Associate by John Grisham is educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking.
I like The Associate better than many other books by John Grisham.
The Associate by John Grisham is educational in the sense that it provides a realistic view of a career in large law firms. The top law graduates from top law colleges are no better than office clerks. They have to do all the “dirty” works, such as document reviews. Document reviews mean to read all the files of the plaintiffs, so that the litigators can tell the court that they have reviewed all the files.
When there are 35,000 plaintiffs ina class lawsuit, the Associates have to read every single word. They have to stay late, even overnight to impress their bosses.
The Associate by John Grisham is entertaining in the sense that it is a legal thriller, with spies, FBI, and high-profile law suit.
The Associate refers to Kyle McAvoy. Kyle McAvoy, the law student from Yale, has a dark secret. A team of professional spies leverages on his dark secret. They blackmail him into working for a large law firm, so that he can steal the defense secrets for them.
I hope there is a sequel to The Associate. The ending is rather disappointing. There are too many loose ties. I want to know why the bad guys want to steal defense secrets. I want to know how the law suit between the two large defense contractors turns out. I want to know who is the other spy in the law firm. I want to know who is the party that wants the defense secrets.
The Associate by John Grisham is though-provoking in the sense that it forces us to re-examine our focus in life. The lawyers in this book are workaholic, and the divorce rate among the lawyers is very high. The pressure to put in more hours at work than their peers is pushing many young lawyers to work overnight.
Is money so important? Is working longhours the only way to impress our bosses?
The Associate by John Grisham provides a valuable corporate lesson for those who want to scale the career ladder.
There are many interesting and thought-provoking quotes from The Associate by John Grisham.
If the wining and dining worked, and it almost always did, the interns became associates upon graduation and their lives were basically over.
He had no idea what he wanted to become, or if he would in fact become anything other than a disbarred lawyer, but selling his soul to become a partner was not in the plans.
Evidently I can be blackmailed, but not bought.
The decision was made. He’d said enough. Any more and he might say too much.
Work provided the perfect excuse to ignore virtually everyone else.
With so much to say, he managed to say nothing.
Good intelligence is based on long term placement and relationships.
Let’s go, knucklehead. You can sleep when you’re dead.
God knows I’m paying for it, if even at a discount.
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