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Author Blames Yale and ‘Having a Good Time’ for Failing NY Bar

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A famous Yale Law School graduate who has written books about her struggles with depression and addiction has failed the New York bar exam.

Elizabeth Wurtzel blamed the failure partly on Yale Law School and partly on her study habits, the New York Observer reports. Wurtzel has written the books Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America; Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women; and More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction.

A New York Observer reporter informed Wurtzel about the bad bar-exam news during a poetry reading.

“Wow, really? I had no idea. I didn’t even see that. That’s interesting,” she told the reporter. “It’s a weird test. I think when you go to a different school than Yale you are better prepared for it. It was definitely hard. I guess when I should have been studying, I was kind of having a good time.”

Wurtzel is working at Boies, Schiller, & Flexner. The New York Times visited Wurtzel at Yale last fall and reported she had been offered a job at WilmerHale. “With her oversize earrings, high-heel black boots, and nose stud, she blended in with her fellow graduate students,” the newspaper said.

Hat tip to Above the Law.

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