a blawg reviewed by Chris Geidner on 05/01/05 at Law Dork
Although things are slightly different at OSU's Moritz College of Law than at Harvard Law School, Jeremy has always found a way to share the similarities and differences in a very genuine way that does not shield the truth or overstate those distinctions for the benefit of his ego. Jeremy has made me enjoy his time at HLS and given me insights into my own time here at Moritz.
There has been more, though. Jeremy's blog has been a journal of a person discovering himself, embracing his passions, and sharing them with the world. The law-student blogosphere took pride at Jeremy's "discovery" in the pages of the NYT. This was one of our blogging friends "making it" by doing what he loves.
Jeremy, however, is only one of "us" if "us" is defined as "those who have gone through the law-school experience." As Jeremy wrote in November: "I've turned down the opportunity to make having gone to law school make sense. No law firm. Didn't accept my offer."
Jeremy's Anonymous Lawyer -- and its exposure as the creation of a 3L -- poked a gigantic hole (or, more accurately, shone a light on a pre-existing hole) in the "sense" that many of us have made out of law school. Jeremy's "sense," however, led him to pursue his passions, while exploring his options.
The experience of Anonymous Lawyer's "outing" and the discussion that followed served for many of us as a check, a reminder that we had better think about what we're doing -- and if we care. For me, it reinforced how much I value passion as a necessary ingredient in any measure of success.
In his "goodbye column" to the school newspaper, Jeremy challenges us yet again by noting how little we've actually "learned" of the law and yet how well these past three years have treated us.
Read it. Because of the choices Jeremy has made, he is in the unique position of having an outsider's insights with an insider's perspective. Law students should take advantage -- before we have to start paying to read Jeremy's words.