5 Years of Small-Town Practice Was Plenty, John Grisham Tells Yale Law Students
John Grisham spent a decade in small-town law practice before his success as a best-selling writer of legal thrillers made it possible for him to stop working as an attorney.
And that was at least five years more than he wanted to spend at the job, Grisham told students at Yale Law School yesterday, reports the Yale Daily News.
“I only practiced law for 10 years, and after doing it for five years in a small town with a lot of competition and ambulance-chasing, I didn’t like it at all,” said Grisham.
The famous author was at the law school to discuss a screening of a movie based on his book, The Rainmaker—for which, Grisham said, he got the idea during a law school class on legal problems of the elderly.
Most of his ideas for his 23 novels, he told the students, are based on things that really happened.