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R S. reviewed Barman : Ping-Pong, Pathos, and Passing the Bar on
Alex Wellen is an excited, ambitious, and overwhelmed twenty-something law student trying to integrate into one of the most powerful and promise-filled cities in the worldNew York. As he moves from graduating student to licensed lawyerthe second most important nine months he ever spent gestatingAlex fantasizes about the glitzy, high-powered lifestyle of a Manhattan attorney. He imagines hobnobbing with the elite, eating at the best restaurants, and being a guest at the most coveted social eventsbut in this city of overachievers, he is reminded every step of the way that he did not go to Harvard. Can he overcome the professions snobbery by wearing overpriced ties from Barneys, seat-filling at the VH1 fashion awards, cavorting with B-list celebrities, and throwing TriBeCa loft parties?
Is it enough for him to look and play the part?
Along the way, we meet his fellow sufferers in the dread-inducing bar exam cram courses, his girlfriends and roommate, the law firm recruiters interested in hiring him (and those who arent), and the new associates who work with him at a high-profile law firm, some of whom, the odds are, wont pass the bar.
Savvy and entertaining, Wellens story is The Paper Chase meets Sex and the Citya career memoir for anyone who has discovered his or her lifes goal, yet must overcome tremendous obstacles to attain it.
Barman is an honest, revealing, and hilarious portrait of a lawyer as a young man.