Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

'Tiger Daughter' May Go To Law School 'To Delay Entering The Real World As Long As Possible'

Tiger Mom 2Following up on my previous posts:

Lulu Chua-Rubenfeld (Daughter of Yale Law Profs Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld), My Parents' Work-Life Balance:

Tell me about your relationship with your parents.

I’m very close to them in different ways. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that my mom and I are increasingly similar. When my friends meet my mom now or if they read the book [Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother], they always come up to me and they’re like, “Oh my gosh. You sound exactly like your mom.” I probably would not have wanted to admit that when I was younger. ...

What is your dad’s job exactly?

He’s also a professor at Yale Law School. My dad does more like hard law. He teaches constitutional law and criminal law. My mom teaches contracts law and international business transactions. ...

Do you have a sense of what you want to do for work one day?

I don’t know, honestly. I’m considering going to law school mostly for the fact that I love school and I want to delay entering the real world for as long as possible.

How do you feel at this point when people call you Tiger Daughter?

I love it. I mean, I love the whole thing. I think I was protected from the more difficult aspects of the whole firestorm because of the way my mom wrote the book. She wrote my character as a heroine, so even the people who don’t like my mom like me, which is very unfair. Whether you like my mom or not, people see me as this sort of sympathetic figure. So that’s great

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Yale already presumably paid for the sisters' college tuition, so financially they're well ahead of the game.

Posted by: Tuphat | Jan 25, 2018 12:06:30 PM

Ironically,* this has "I'm a future Excellent Sheep" written all over it.

*Ironic because William Deresiewicz gleefully excoriates Amy Chua's "Tiger Mom" in his "Excellent Sheep."

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jan 24, 2018 9:31:09 AM

Good use of time and money? Doesn't matter for her, she will go for free, or close to free, if Yale is similar to every other college/university in America where children of faculty receive reduced tuition costs or no tuition costs. As for time, she's got that too.

Posted by: Good girl | Jan 24, 2018 7:26:40 AM

I am so happy to see that a student could overcome the challenges inherent on having two parents teaching in the Ivy league. No wonder we're celebrating her achievements!

Posted by: Anon | Jan 24, 2018 7:09:32 AM

Without even a nod to whether there's a consideration of whether or not law school would be a good return on her investment of time and money. She' definitely not in the real world.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Jan 24, 2018 4:17:06 AM

She will be simply joining many, many other sons & daughters, for precisely the same reason.

Posted by: Tuphat | Jan 23, 2018 2:37:37 PM