I have a book recommendation for you! It’s David Lat’s SUPREME AMBITIONS. You probably know Lat as the founder of Above the Law, the website where young lawyers go for their legal news and gossip. Before founding that company, Lat was a Yale Law student, Ninth Circuit law clerk, and federal prosecutor – so he knows what he’s talking about in his debut novel.
SUPREME AMBITIONS follows the rise of a Audrey Coyne, a brilliant young lawyer determined to clerk on the Supreme Court. But in order to do that, she has to survive a clerkship with a temperamental and ambitious Ninth Circuit judge. Audrey soon discovers that high ambitions come with a high price.
I loved this novel. It was entertaining, realistic, and often hilarious. Lat has a gift for keeping the pages turning, and I found myself reading long after a working mom should turn her lights out. Lat nails what it’s like to be a federal appellate law clerk. This was the most realistic book about being a law clerk that I’ve ever picked up. It was also a helluva good read.
If you’re looking for an fun, smart read over the holidays, you’ll want to check this out. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the law clerk in your life, this is the one.