In this rollicking satire of higher education, Dean Elspeth Flowers will let nothing stand in the way of her plans to catapult her backwater state law school into the U.S. News & World Report Top 5. But tensions between the school's warring factions---the Quants, Poets, and Bog Dwellers---put these plans in peril. So, too, do the errant pursuits of her faculty and the maneuverings of a mail room clerk to radically transform the school.
The arrival of an American Bar Association committee to conduct the law school's required accreditation review threatens to expose the school's deepest secrets and forces the dean to confront her own darkest demons. Legal Asylum asks the question: Can a school make it into the exalted realm of the U.S. News Top 5 and lose its accreditation, all in the same year?
"I believe that no institution should be spared from cutting humor and Paul Goldstein certainly doesn't spare law schools from his hilarious and scathing humor. You will never view legal education in the same light after you've read Legal Asylum."
—Alan Dershowitz, Author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law
"A wonderful read! Paul Goldstein combines a jaunt through the law school world with biting wit and humor."
—Amanda Brown, Author of Legally Blonde
"This biting satire by a longtime law professor offers frightening insights into the modern American legal academy."
—David Lat, Managing Editor of Above the Law and Author of Supreme Ambitions: A Novel
“A funny, biting, beautifully written satire of a world that badly needs satirizing.”
—Eugene Volokh, Founder of The Volokh Conspiracy and Professor of Law, UCLA
"Legal Asylum's most effective humor is reserved for State's efforts to game the U.S. News rankings... scenes about the rankings are strong because, while they may seem absurd to a lay reader, there is a sufficient amount of truth in them. One can readily imagine real law schools engaging in this sort of chicanery in order to boost their rankings, no matter whether or not it is ethically sound... Legal Asylum contains plenty of effective satire, particularly for U.S. News aficionados."
—Above the Law