About Me:
Lawyer, Law Tutor,
Vaguely Normal Human Being

I am Mansfield J. Park, a pseudonym I've taken to protect my identity a little bit.  I am still a practicing lawyer, and I have a family and law students and lawyers are nuts sometimes.

The "J." is for "Johannes" or "Jackass."  Up to you.

Here is a picture of me in my work clothes being assaulted by my children: 

This picture is sort of proof that I'm a lawyer, in that I suppose many lawyers wear slacks and a tie to work, with a shirt that does not match their children.

The picture I used to have up is more convincing, anyway, as proof that I am actually a lawyer. (It also shows my face, which I've decided against recently.)  That other picture was taken at an award ceremony for some my pro bono work I did at my old BigLaw firm.  (It is a Vault Top 20, AmLaw100 firm.) I wrote a couple of briefs that went to an international human rights court and probably did not change life anywhere. 

Still, someone thought that was super cool.  

Not, appropriately, my kids who weren't even born yet when I got that award in the picture that isn't shown above at the moment.

Still with me?

So a bit more about me below, both as a lawyer and as a non-lawyer.

Mansfield, the Lawyer and Law Tutor

Here is more about my career. I am a real dude and qualified to write about what I am writing about.

  • I went to Harvard as an undergraduate and worked was an investment banker and human rights activist before law school.
  • I went to New York University School of Law, from which I graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. I was on NYU Law Review.
  • At NYU, I was a teaching assistant in criminal law and international law, and I tutored first-year students in contracts. I was a research assistant for a couple of professors as well. 
  • I clerked twice, once for a federal district judge and once for a federal appeals judge in California (on the infamous Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which I loved because I had to go to Hawaii for work once).
  • I used to work at an Am Law 100 / Vault 20 / Am Law A List law firm. I mainly did white collar defense work, mainly internal investigations, international arbitration, and some normal litigation.
  • I am a practicing attorney at a small, unnamed law firm. 
  • Aside from my day job, I am a tutor and coach to law students to do well on their final exams and advise them on their careers, and I work on this website. I've tutored and worked with law students from Brooklyn, Cardozo, Florida Coastal, Fordham, Harvard, Hofstra, New York Law School, NYU, Seton Hall, Texas, as well as some online law schools, including Concord and Northwestern California.

Mansfield, the Vaguely Normal Human Being

Of course, what I described above is not a full human being, just a resume.

Here is another picture of me that reveals my sports affiliations and the fact that I am married:

Here is a bit more about me, how I became a lawyer, and why I started this site.

First, about me:

  • I speak Portuguese because my wife forced me to learn it.
  • I speak German, just because.
  • I am really, really good at hurting people by whipping them with towels. I was a swimmer in high school.
  • I was an Android user, but now I am a Mac person. Because Apple turns technology users into real people.
  • I had a flat-top haircut all through high school until the end of my senior year. I kissed a girl for the first time at the end of my senior year. Coincidence?

I say all of this so you know I am real person.

Not a crappy faceless website.  Or lawyer without a face.

I became a lawyer by accident.

I was not one of those freaks wanted to be a lawyer since he was seven years old. I was one of those freaks who wanted to be on Wall Street since he was seven.

(A bit of brainwashing by my parents and Harvard, where everyone wants to be a banker. At least before Occupy Wall Street.).

After Wall Street, I wandered for a bit before going to law school, doing fun things like volunteering at an indigenous peoples human rights group, and sitting a meditation retreat.

I went to law school because my backup plan to Wall Street--doing a PhD in political science after joining the Peace Corps--no longer seemed as appealing after my post-Wall Street wanderings.

Law school seemed like a nice compromise between being able to study something interesting and still being able to make a decent living if I needed to.

I looked forward to studying human rights and international law in law school, thinking I would save the world after law school.

Of course, I didn't save the world after law school. I had debts to pay off, and soon a family. So after clerking, I went to a big law firm. I did some human rights pro bono work (and have the photo to prove it), but mainly, I made a living.

The hard thing about practicing law is that it takes up all of your time. And much of legal practice can be difficult.

You are always under time pressure, you always have an adversary who will exploit any mistake you make and, even if you don't, will twist what you say to sound bad.

It can be rewarding, but don't have any illusions; it is tough.

Some time ago, I decided I wanted to help see other law students and young lawyers through this tough process.

I wanted to create a site that provided good, precise, practical, no-BS, real-world advice to law students, college students thinking about going to law school, and young attorneys.

A site that really boiled down what people needed to know. There is already too much out there to read.

And, with so much information, outright lies about law school and legal practice (or if not lies, very misleading idealizations of the law).  

Like, frankly, probably half of you reading this site should not even be thinking about going to law school.  Sorry to say.

Some of the lies being told are slowly being exposed.

But I want to be a true guide through all of this.

The law is a cruel mistress. One who happens to be really, really terrible at sex and won't leave you alone.

Site Build It! helped me with my online ignorance to create this site that you now have in your hands. (more on that another day).

A site that will help you master the terrible-at-sex mistress.

I've said enough. I am happy to hear what you to say.

Feel free to reach out to me with any comments at larry [AT] 7sage [DOT] com 

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