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Paper Chase, The
The Paper Chase is a 1970 novel, written by John Jay Osborn, Jr. in 1970, as well as a 1973 motion picture based on the novel and a television series based on the film.
Written by Osborn, a 1970 graduate of Harvard Law School, the book tells the story of Hart, a first-year law student (1L) at Harvard, and his interactions with Prof. Charles Kingsfield, a brilliant, demanding Contracts instructor. whom Hart both idolizes and finds incredibly intimidating.
The Paper Chase successfully portrays the intimidation, frustration, and academic rigors encountered by many students during their first year of law school.
In 2003 a 30th-anniversary edition of The Paper Chase was released by Whitston Publishing which contains both a new preface and an afterword by the author, with the latter containing material deleted from the original novel.