it is often advised that students wishing to study law take the time to understand the workings of the law through the world of books. What this does is that it helps readers have a grasp of the rudiments of the legal profession, its key concepts, terminologies and the legal institutions involved. The knowledge acquired from reading relevant law books will lay the foundation for a proper understanding of the law as they journey through their first year of school. Here are 10 must read books for law students
(1) The Pelican brief: John Grisham
A powerfully woven thriller, full of the kind of suspense that would put every law student on the edge of their seat. A female law student lover finds herself on the run for her dear life after the murder of her fiancée, when she comes by a legal brief that holds the key to uncovering a deep lying political scandal and the assassination of high profile US Supreme court justices along with her fiancée.
(2) Learning the Law: Glanville Williams
An invaluable guide book for all law fresher’s who wish to understand the intricacies of the legal profession they would soon be a part of. It’s the standard introductory text for all law oriented pursuits as it lays the foundation for a proper understanding of basic legal concepts, statutes, courts and how law students can adopt effective lawyerly strategies to survive the rigors of their undergraduate law studies.
(3) Bleak House: Charles Dickens
Law students would find this fiction of Charles Dickens an interesting read. Charles Dickens draws on his experiences as a court reporter for four years to spin this coining trial.
(4) The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Lon Fuller.
Arguably the most informative and engaging legal fiction book you’ll find around. A bedrock of legal jurisprudence especially for all law students who would seek to understand the philosophizing that goes with all jurisprudential analysis. Here Lon Fuller gives us a deep understanding of the muddling moral and legal viewpoints that stand in stark opposition to each other in arriving at legal conclusions. If you plan on becoming a judge someday, then reading a work of this magnitude will let you in on how judges and lawyers reason in very challenging cases.
(5) How to Win every Argument and the Use and Abuse of Logic: Madsen Pirie
This one is for all you who want to master the art of legal logic and how you to present your case with infallible reasoning.
(6) Think like A Lawyer: E. Scott Fruehwaid
Have you as a law student ever found yourself wondering how the ideal lawyer thinks. Then this one is for you. Quick, get your copy while you still can.
(7) To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
To kill a Mockingbird utilizes memorable characters to explore civil rights and racism in the segregated Southern United States of the 1930s. In this book you’ll learn about a lawyer who hopelessly strives to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape.
(8) The Trial: Frank Kafka
This one has had glowing reviews from readers. Here in this book, a man is arrested, and is given no information about the charges against him. This work will expose the law student to some hard edged truths about life in general and bureaucracy.
(9) The Good Lawyer: Thomas Benigno
Here a legal aid lawyer who has lived all his life by the book finds himself at a cross road when he has to choose between keeping his principles and escaping danger,
(10) How Law Works: Gary Slapper
This one has been described as been “absolutely brilliant” by the Guardian. Would make a great read for every law student who desires to see the law in motion.
A youngish lawyer with penetrating insight, Patrick Herbert is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of Lawstudenthub, a site dedicated to helping new wigs find their footing in a trickily slippery legal profession and stay current with emerging developments in the legal industry. He holds an LLB from the University of Benin and a BL from the Nigerian Law School, Abuja. In his spare time, Patrick doubles as a professional writer and copyeditor.
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