First-Class Lawyer

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Yan Suizhi, the young and accomplished dean of the interstellar Maze University’s law school, wakes up in a body that has been gene-modified to resemble that of a twenty-something-year-old. He had supposedly ‘died’ in a premeditated explosion a few months ago but someone had managed to save him. In his search for his saviour as well as his murderer, Yan Suizhi encounters his former student, Gu Yan, who is now a successful lawyer at Southcross Law Firm.

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The Lawyer
Yi Ji Lushi
一级律师
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aiji
aiji rated it
November 3, 2020
Status: Completed
"No matter what you encounter, you always have a good demeanor. But nine times out of ten, it's fake.

There's not much truth, many are lies.

Good at irritating people, and extremely fussy. Easy to get close to, but it's just superficial. Actually stubborn, cold and passive...

... more>> ... But I like it."

—— A certain lawyer's unique way of 'praising' someone. Guess what happened after... (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

My third completed novel by Mu Su Li. A very solid author. Here's my 5/5 rating!

And since there are very few reviews for this novel to date, and very little chapters translated so far (aww.. a shame xD), I'll be very generous in providing points and things worth-considering when deciding whether or not to add this to your reading list. I also added some tags for your reference. Personally, I like it very much and certainly recommend reading this.

And with that, wall of text, incoming...

STORY:

Adding to the description provided here in NU, the story takes place in a futuristic interstellar setting, where technology is super high-tech as you would see in many works with sci-fi genre. The story follows the 'adventure' of the protagonist, Yan Suizhi, as he try to unravel the mystery behind his 'death', the gene modification he underwent after the explosion incident without his knowledge, and find clues in cases and events he encounters along the way together with his former student, Gu Yan, while trying to hide and live under his new identity—as Gu Yan's intern. This is a plot-driven storyline packed with thrilling suspense and mystery, comedy, and a chill romance.

Despite having a screaming 200+ chapters, you will not get bored as this is very well-paced, no dragging dogblood drama nor cliché romance tropes just for the fluff and fan-service, as this novel is primarily focusing on the plot's mystery-solving side rather than the romance part. But nevertheless, since it has been already tried and tested by yours truly that the author uses a very 'unconventional' way of scattering sweets and dog food, you'll find every treat very sweet (and hot *with stress*) and rewarding for every tensed and mind-puzzling episodes. Slow but stable and convincing, the love bud blooms naturally until it matures into awkward moments and sexual tension. And nope, unlike other long novels, this has no several chapter-long backstories, which greatly surprised me too. But expect a few heart-wrenching snippets of some of the characters' tales and background that will make you teary a little and will surely warm your heart.

With sci-fi and interstellar type of setting, despite my first time reading with such genre, I gotta say that I'm very fascinated and impressed with its stable world building and vivid description of the setting. And don't be fooled by the first few chapters as this is not really focused or the overall story will not revolve in repetitive court case episodes despite the misleading title ("The Lawyer" — seriously, personally I find the English title here in NU unappetizing myself xD). I'm telling you in advance, this is not solely about a lawyer and his cold case endeavors! The literal English translation of the title is "First-Class Lawyer"—which is an element part in the plot, and literally a title bestowed to outstanding lawyers in this novel. Please don't be misled. Murder plot, conspiracy, "secret society"-esc tone, virus infection (nope, not covid-19), human experimentation, and disguises are just some of the significant and intriguing factors you can find in this novel's intricate plot.

Overall, story-wise, I have nothing much to criticize. Everything is just perfect. Every questions are answered, every mysteries are solved splendidly, and conspiracies are revealed one by one in a very climactic way. This is one of those excellent novels I've read to date and a definite worth-rereading in my book list. Maybe only one, I guess... ? But if I say it here, it would become a spoiler. But just a little. It won't affect much to the overall enjoyment pace.

※ Mild spoiler. Read at your own risk!!!

Spoiler

It's about a certain young master surnamed "Manson" and Yan Suizhi's... past. It's not properly 'settled' (jeez, I was really looking forward to it! xD). I bet some readers who have already completed this know what I'm talking about. I was dying to see this young master's reaction once he learned the truth. But to my disappointment, it never happened!

Well, it's not really a big deal but I was expecting a big reveal or something, lol. But I guess I was really low-key hoping for him to be a third wheel, haha.

Well, if you're curious, read it *wink*~

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After reading this novel, I gotta add, I was enlightened how justice system works and how lawyers, especially on the defending side, supposed to perform their duty, and that it's really not all about lying and winning a case. It's about credibility and making sure that their client only receive what they deserved fairly—no more, no less—regardless if they are guilty or not. I guess my conscious bias of bad image of lawyers has been reduced significantly, lol~

CHARACTERS:

This novel comprises a solid and well-fleshed out set of characters something to look forward to, as they help pave the way in solving the mysteries behind the MC's current sorry state of a poor intern in a law firm.

The MC, Yan Suizhi, is (was?) a First-Class Lawyer and a (former?) dean of Maze University Law school (welp, you see he 'died' according to the papers hence...). Anyway, due to some explosion he 'died' and now living the life of an intern as "Ruan Ye", under the supervision of his (now) teacher, Gu Yan, the ML. The ML is described as someone with cold and expressionless face—whenever and wherever, basically someone with perfect poker-face and inborn facial paralysis, who harbors a long time 'ridiculous idea' (a.k.a secret love thoughts) for his 'dead' teacher, the MC.

This two's personality gives me the Wei Wuxian-Lan Wangji pair vibe of Mo Dao Zu Shi, and the only difference of Wei Wuxian with Yan Suizhi is that the MC here is a little more... tamed (lol), and values his "face" very much over any other things regardless if his health is at stake. He's elegant yet stubborn, shameless and playful, good at irritating people while wearing a gentle smile, loves plants but possesses a very poisonous hand thus branded as "God of Death", an 'underground' racer, a self-taught actor, screenwriter, and director of his own inpromptu mini-film. Seriously, one of the best and hilarious scenes here is the MC pulling off a stunt using his flawless and shameless acting skills to slither away from unfavorable situations or to deceive others. Of course with the 'special participation' of the ML—who can't do anything but to go with the flow as the MC is such an unpredictable and quirky character. Maybe one of the most memorable scene for me was the MC's "sophisticated way" of deceiving the enemies right in their faces—a "way" every ML will surely love *cough*. The dynamic of these two is just superb you will find every chapters entertaining, thrilling, and also heart-warming you won't stop flipping every page. I loved how this story not only revolves around the love relationship of the main protagonists, but also subtly tackles a heart-warming story of friendship, father-son relationship, and the unconditional love of one of the side couple.

A sadistic doctor who loves to watch a father and son fight, a faceless hacker friend, a father who loves throwing ashtrays, a self-proclaimed bestfriend of a certain lawyer with a pure heart and loves unconditionally, a pitiful "movie queen" nurse — are just some of the side characters I find memorable in this story. Also, expect some low-profile characters who are actually played a big role behind the scenes that it will leave you with goosebumps and a drawn "oh" along the way.

OVERALL:

A well-structured plot with every elements you would love in a novel worth-rereading.

If only not for the fact that this has a very stingy number of translated chapters, I would definitely re-read it after finishing the bloody MTL journey. I mean, there are lots of awesome and hilarious scenes here I'd like to read over and over again. This is how enjoyable this was. Just like the author's other novel "Global University Entrance Examination", I suggest to refrain from reading any spoilers as this one really revolves around unravelling mysteries so as not to take away the fun of reading as the truth behind the "whos" and the "whys" unfolds. Maybe you could try MTLing this yourself (if you have the guts) as the author's writing style is very smooth, but I strongly suggest to not to rely on only one machine translator to preserve your sanity, and also utilising a good Chinese online dictionary/sentence example is a must for a not-so-bumpy journey. Or better yet, simply wait for this to be fully-translated first before reading (aww.. RIP xD). I dunno if there's any available avenue where we can do some petition or something to get this done as... duh, it's already November, and the latest translated chap was in July! xD

So if you're a fan of sci-fi, mystery, with a touch of comedy, heart-warming tale about friendship, family, and unconditional love, and if you don't mind reading a mild BL romance, try this one out. For hardcore yaoi fans, sorry to say that it has no smut scenes. Intimate moments are depicted in a non-explicit manner, but I personally find it kinda steamy and hot (the author is just so good in this area!). Maybe prepare a glass of water so you won't get dehydrated just in case xD

Finally, this is an excellent story with happy ending. I highly recommend it. <<less
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phosphores
phosphores rated it
June 1, 2020
Status: Completed
This is one of my favorite novels by Musuli! She's a wonderful writer who never fails in making my heart twinge. The CP dynamics are great as well. Even though Gu Yan appears to dislike Yan Suizhi at first, he actually doesn't! Don't be put off by it. They're actually quite sweet. They're also great people with the soft hearts and firm principles. Love them.
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maunnier
maunnier rated it
July 3, 2020
Status: Completed
I just finished reading the raws and there are honestly... so many good things I can say about this novel (but I'll try to keep it short!). First off, Musuli's a wonderful writer and she somehow manages to write hilariously witty dialogue, heart-fluttering romance as well as deeply moving scenes that made me cry multiple times.

Also, there is so much... warmth to her characters and while none of them are 'perfect', there is also so much kindness and good in them that renews my faith in humanity. Yes, some of... more>> the characters have heart-breaking backstories but their tragedy doesn't define them, and it's their strength in spite of their struggles and their ability to love, to hope, and to believe in the good of others that truly moved me.

A quick list of things I enjoyed:

-Yan Suizhi and Gu Yan's bickering at the beginning was hilarious and Yan Suizhi continues to be hilarious throughout the novel. Comedy aside though, both characters are very mature and intelligent and the way they complemented each other while working together was fantastic.

-One of the most beautiful confession scenes I've ever read!! And plenty of lovely romantic moments afterwards too. While the romance is more like a warm cup of your favourite tea than flashy fireworks, there were still many moments where I had to take a pause just to process how profoundly they loved each other.

-Great plot and pacing - there are so many mysteries and cliffhangers I couldn't stop clicking on the next chapter. A lot of clues and foreshadowing are scattered throughout and the ending ties everything up very neatly. Despite the 'lawyer' in the title, the main characters are more like detectives and the majority of the story takes place outside the courtroom, so the story was anything but boring.

-So many wonderful side characters! It wasn't just the main characters that moved me to tears, Musuli really fleshes out the whole cast and I found myself rooting for all of them (and wishing she would write more about them).

If you're hesitant about starting this because 215 chapters seems daunting, I will be the first to admit that I'm not usually one for slow burn but let me tell you, the wait was SO worth. Highly recommend! <<less
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Neollle
Neollle rated it
June 25, 2020
Status: c35
Its already good so far and Im really curious about YS's saviour and killer, but there's still a long way to go with the translation. That's why Im gonna MTL this one while waiting for updates :)
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peachlove
peachlove rated it
May 30, 2021
Status: c21
To be honest, the title and summary of this novel was a bit off-putting for me. I love mysteries, but I thought The Lawyer was going to be too brainy for me to understand.

I was wrong!

It is so easy to get into, and any legal concepts brought up are explained very well and simply. And the writing is really funny; the main CP's back-and-forth is so hilarious, I can't get enough of it. It's a very welcoming and fun atmosphere for a more intimidating setting, while still gripping you with... more>> its mystery elements. Can't wait for more chapters!! <<less
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remiss
remiss rated it
August 4, 2021
Status: --
Unexpectedly really good! I usually would ignore novels with a title like "the lawyer" however it is worth a read!

Despite the main characters being lawyers, the plot is more about mysterys/cases and the development of chemistry between the MC and ML.

MC is actually really funny and a poor actor (when he tries to pretend to be an intern, but literally breaks his role every few minutes). MC is a genius who is a bit eccentric and is quite well known at his law firm.

ML is a typical cold/aloof tsundere character... more>> who cleans up MC's messy act and helps him out alot.

Spoiler

ML probably figures out MC's identity from the beginning haha.

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ML is pretty cute, he has a big soft spot for MC, but from MC's perspective, he thinks ML hates him and can barely stand him.

The two get caught up in small cases all the while trying to figure out the people behind the MC's accident. <<less
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Common_people
Common_people rated it
June 30, 2021
Status: Completed
When I read the tittle, I thought it would be boring, something serious and too brainy for this little human missy. But it's actually so good! I feel like my iq and my taste improve. Haha. Actually, even this novel case looks complicated, it doesn't make you thinking so hard, it just let you flow with the plot and hook you to read till the end. It's amazing to thing about case by case that come to them actually part of the big case. A big drug net case. The... more>> MC and ML looks cute together and mature. I like the way they in relationship. This one is the perfect sample for student teacher relationship in my mind. <<less
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