Recommended Reading for Students Interested in the Law
|Legal History||Inspirational/ Biographies|
|Guides to Law School Culture||Study Tips|
|Fiction||Guides to the Admissions Process|
Starred (*) books are available in SLU's library.
Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality* Richard Kluger
This work combines intensive research with original interviews with surviving participants in order to paint a complete picture of the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.
The Story of My Life* Clarence Darrow
This book so influenced Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, that he sold his successful publishing company and founded an organization dedicated to monitoring hate groups and extremist organizations.
Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made* Jim Newton
A biography of one of the most influential and controversial Supreme Court Justices.
The Law School Trip: The Insider's Guide to Law School* Andrew J. McClurg
A comedic step-by-step guide to applying for, enrolling in, and succeeding at law school.
Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, For Students* Robert H. Miller
A must-have guide featuring the insights of current law students.
One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School* Scott Turrow
An infamous, tell-all novel written from an actual student's experience of his first year at Harvard Law School.
The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit for Thinking about the Law* Ward Farnsworth
Clearly explains the structure of various kinds of legal arguments, including efficiency, public goods, slippery slopes, hindsight, bias, and more.
The Bramble Bush: The Classic Lectures on the Law and Law School* Karl N. Llewellyn
An introduction into what the law is, how to read cases, how to prepare for class, and how justice in the real world relates to the law.
In the Shadow of the Law Kermit Roosevelt
A gritty thriller that pulls back the veil on the practice of law. The story gives the reader a sense of what lawyers actually do.
The Ultimate Guide to Law School Admission: Insider Secrets for Getting a "Big Envelope" with Your Acceptance to Law School* Carol L. Wright
A comprehensive step-by-step guide written by a pre-law advisor.