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John Grisham Tackles For-Profit Law Schools in New Book 'The Rooster Bar'

By William Vogeler, Esq. | Last updated on

If you thought about going to a for-profit law school, don't.

Read John Grisham's newest novel instead. "The Rooster Bar" is well worth the $27 hardback price because it will save you about $150,000 in tuition.

Oh, and it's a good read. Here's how it ends.

Spoiler Alert

Page 368; that's how it ends. You'll have to read the book for more.

But you already know that it doesn't end well for anybody who goes to a for-profit law school. Can you spell "Charlotte School of Law?"

The Grisham novel adds some sex and good dialogue for entertainment purposes. New York Times writer Janet Maslin calls it a "buoyant, mischievous thriller" set at the bottom-of-the barrel Foggy Bottom Law School.

"As in all of Grisham's best books, the reader of 'The Rooster Bar' gets good company, a vigorous runaround and -- unlike those poor benighted suckers at Foggy Bottom -- a bit of a legal education," she says.

Happy Ending?

For-profit law schools have been vilified for years, branded as scams for luring aspiring lawyers with low admissions standards while loading them up with crushing student loans.

Charlotte closed down recently after regulators cut off student loans and suspended accreditation. Arizona Summit Law School, another troubled for-profit, was ordered to post a bond to protect students in case it closes.

But with some law schools going out of business, there is a silver lining for prospective students -- less competition for next year's entering class. And perhaps a little time to read a good book.

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