Further Resources

PRE-LAW READING LIST

The following list of pre-law readings offers prospective law students an overview of selected classics and current titles incertain subjects: Law School and Legal Education,The Legal Profession, Biography, Jurisprudence and Legal Issues. This list should not be construed as an official bibliography.

Some of these books have already withstood the test of time, and are as relevant today as when they were first written. Examples are Richard Kluger’s Simple Justice — a rare glimpse into the private workings and deliberations of the Supreme Court — and Karl Llewellyn’s The Bramble Bush — a classic study of how legal education shapes our legal institutions. And who has not heard of Scott Turow’s infamous One L?

Other, more recent titles reflect current writing on the subjects listed above and are not necessarily recommended simply because they appear on this list. It will be up to you to search out the titles that pique your interest and make your own determination of their worth. The aim of this list is merely to give you a head start in locating published titles in the field. Hopefully those interested in pursuing legal studies will find the issues raised and the ideas discussed in these works helpful in making the decision to choose law as a career.

Law School and Legal Education

  • Barber, David H. Winning in Law School: Stress Reduction. 2nd ed. Dillon, CO: Spectra, 1986.
  • Bell, Susan J. Full Disclosure: Do You Really Want to Be a Lawyer? 2nd ed. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson’s Guides, 1992.
  • Bodine, Paul. Great Personal Statements for Law School. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
  • Boyer, Paul. College Rankings Exposed. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson’s, 2003.
  • Briggs, Amy Thompson. Degrees of Difference: A How-to Guide to Choosing a Law School. Washington, DC: NALP, 1998.
  • Carey, Christen Civiletto, and Kristen David Adams. The Practice of Law School: Getting In and Making the Most of Your Legal Education. New York: ALM Publishing, 2003.
  • Carter, Lief H., and Thomas F. Burke. Reason in Law. 7th ed. New York: Longman, 2006.
  • Chase, William C. The American Law School and the Rise of Administrative Government. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1982.
  • Curry Boykin, and Emily Angel Baer, eds. Essays That Worked for Law Schools: 40 Essays from Successful Applications to the Nation’s Top Law Schools. rev. ed. New York: Ballantine Books, 2003.
  • Deaver, Jeff. The Complete Law School Companion: How to Excel at America’s Most Demanding Post-Graduate Curriculum. 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1992.
  • Estrich, Susan. How to Get Into Law School. New York: Riverhead Books, 2004.
  • Falcon, Atticus. Planet Law School II: What You Need to Know (Before You Go), But Didn’t Know to Ask… and No One Else Will Tell You. rev ed. Honolulu: Fine Print Press, 2003.
  • Farnsworth, B. Allan. An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States. 3rd ed. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, Inc., 1996.
  • Gillers, Stephen. Looking at Law School. 4th rev. ed. New York: Plume Books, 1997.
  • Goldfarb, Sally B, and Carol-June Cassidy, eds. Inside the Law Schools: A Guide by Students for Students. 7th ed. New York: Plume, 1998.
  • Goodrich, Chris. Anarchy and Elegance: Confessions of a Journalist at Yale Law School. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2003.
  • Hirshman, Linda. The Woman’s Guide to Law School. New York: Penguin, 1999.
  • Ivey, Anna. The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions: Straight Advice on Essays, Resumes, Interviews, and More. New York: Harvest Books, 2005.
  • JD Jungle, (eds.). The JD Jungle Law School Survival Guide. New York: Perseus Books Group, 2003.
  • Kaplin, William A. The Concepts and Methods of Constitutional Law. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1992.
  • Kaufman, Dan, and Chris Dowhan. Essays That Will Get You Into Law School. 2nd ed. Hauppage, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2003.
  • Lammert-Reeves, Ruth. Get into Law School: A Strategic Approach. 2nd ed. New York: Kaplan, 2004.
  • Lermack, Paul. How to Get Into the Right Law School. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 1996.
  • Llewellyn, Karl N. Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study. 8th ed. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, Inc., 1981. (First published in 1930.)
  • Martinson, Thomas H., David P. Waldherr, and Arco Publishing. Getting Into Law School Today. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan, 1998.
  • McClurg, Andrew J. The Law School Trip (The Insider’s Guide to Law School). Victoria, British Columbia: Trafford Publishing, 2001.
  • Miller, Robert H. Law School Confidential—A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students,for Students. rev. ed. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2004.
  • Moliterno, James E., and Frederic I. Lederer. An Introduction to Law, Law Study, and the Lawyer’s Role. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2004.
  • Munneke, Gary A. How to Succeed in Law School. 3rd ed. Hauppage, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2001.
  • Owens, Eric. Law School Essays That Made a Difference. New York: Princeton Review, 2003.
  • Roth, George. Slaying the Law School Dragon. 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1991.
  • Schlag, Pierre, and David Skover. Thctics of Legal Reasoning. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1986.
  • Schneider, Deborah, and Gary Belsky. Should You Really Be a Lawyer? The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During, & After Law School. Seattle: DecisionBooks, 2004.
  • Sells, Benjamin. Soul of the Law. London: Vega Books, 2002.
  • Shapo, Helene S., and Marshall Shapo. Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success. 2nd ed. New York: Foundation Press, 2002.
  • Simenhoff, Mark, ed. My First Year as a Lawyer: Real-World Stories from American Lawyers. New York: Signet, 1996.
  • Stevens, Robert. Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980s. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1987.
  • Stover, Robert V., and Howard S. Erlanger, ed. Making It and Breaking It: The Fate of Public Interest Commitment During Law School. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1989.
  • Swygert, Michael I., and Robert Batey, eds. Maximizing the Law School Experience: A Collection of Essays. St. Petersburg, FL: Stetson University College of Law, 1983.
  • Turow, Scott. One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School. New York: Warner Books, 1997.
  • Vanderbilt, Arthur T. Law School: Briefing for a Legal Education. New York: Penguin Books, 1981.
  • Versteeg, Russ. Essential Latin for Lawyers. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1990.
  • Weaver, William G. Peterson’s Game Plan for Getting Into Law School. Lawrenceville: NJ: Peterson’s, 2000.
  • Williams, Glanville, and A. T. H. Smith. Learning the Law. 12th ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell, Ltd., 2002.
  • Wright, Carol L. The Ultimate Guide to Law School Admission. Center Valley, PA: Marriwell Publishing, 2003.
  • Wydick, Richard C. Plain English for Lawyers. 5th ed. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2005.American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono. Law School Public Interest Law Support Programs: A Directory. Chicago, American Bar Association, 2000.

Legal Profession

  • Abel, Richard L. American Lawyers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Abrams, Lisa L. The Official Guide to Legal Specialties: An Insider’s Guide to Every Major Practice Area. Chicago, The BarBri Group, 2000.
  • Arron, Deborah. Running from the Law: Why Good Lawyers Are Getting Out of the Legal Profession. 3rd ed. Berkeley, CA: DecisionBooks, 2003.
  • Arron, Deborah. What Can You Do With a Law Degree? A Lawyer’s Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law. Seattle: DecisionBooks, 2003.
  • Bailey, F. Lee. To Be a Trial Lawyer. 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1994. Bay, Monica. Careers in Civil Litigation. Chicag American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 1990.
  • Bellow, Gary, and Martha Minow, eds. Law Stories. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998.
  • Bradley, Heather, and Miriam Bamberger Grogan. Judge for Yourself. Clarity, Choice, and Action in Your Legal Career. Chicago, American Bar Association, produced in cooperation with the Minority Corporate Counsel of America, 2006.
  • Caplan, Lincoln. Skadden: Power, Money, and the Rise of a Legal Empire. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994.
  • Carey, Christen Civiletto. Full Disclosure: The New Lawyer’s Must¬Rea4 Career Guide. 2nd ed. New York: ALM Publishing, 2001.
  • Couric, Emily. The Trial Lawyers: The Nation’s Top Litigators Tell How They Win. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990.
  • Epstein, Cynthia Fuchs. Women in Law. 2nd ed. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1993.
  • Epstein, Phyllis Horn. Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success. Chicag American Bar Association, 2005.
  • Fontaine, Valerie A. The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers. Washington, DC: NALP, 2006.
  • Foonberg, Jay G. How to Start and Build a Law Practice. 3rd ed. Chicag American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 1991.
  • Fox, Ronald W. Lawful Pursuit: Careers in Public Interest Law. Career Series. Chicag American Bar Association, 1995.
  • Galanter, Marc, and Thomas Palay. Tournament of Lawyers: The Transformation of the Big Law Firm. University of Chicago Press, 1994.
  • Gerson, Donna. Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: NALP, 2005.
  • Greene, Robert Michael. Making Partner: A Guide for Law Firm Associates. Chicag American Bar Association, Section of Law Practice Management, 1992.
  • Harrington, Mona. Women Lawyers: Rewriting the Rules. New York: Plume, 1995.
  • Henslee, William D. Careers in Entertainment Law. Chicag American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 1990.
  • Hoffman, Richard E., Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, and Karen L. Foster. Edited by Richard A. Goodman, and Mark A. Rothstein. Law in Public Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Horn, Carl, III. Lawyer Life: Finding a Life and Higher Calling in the Practice of Law. Chicag American Bar Association, 2003.
  • Kauffman, George W. Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life and Work: Taking the Stress out of Success. Chicago, American Bar Association, 1999.
  • Kelly, Michael J. Lives of Lawyers: Journeys in the Organizations of Practice. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994.
  • Killoughey, Donna M., ed. Breaking Traditions: Work Alternatives for Lawyers. Chicag American Bar Association, Section of Law Practice Management, 1993.
  • Kronman, Anthony T. The Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1995.
  • Linowitz, Sol M., with Martin Mayer. The Betrayed Profession: Lawyering at the End of the Twentieth Century. New York: Scribner, 1994.
  • Lopez, Gerald P. Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1992.
  • Luney, Percy R., Jr. Careers in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Chicag American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 1987.
  • Mayer, Martin. The Lawyers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980.
  • Miller, Henry G. On Trial: Lessons from a Lifetime in the Courtroom. New York: ALM Publishing, 2001.
  • Moll, Richard W. The Lure of the Law: Why People Become Lawyers, and What the Profession Does to Them. New York: Penguin Books, 1991.
  • Munneke, Gary A. Careers in Law. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.
    – The Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer. 4th ed. Career Series. Chicago American Bar Association Career Series,
    2003.
    – Opportunities in Law Careers. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
  • Munneke, Gary A., and William D. Henslee. 4th ed. Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers. Chicag American Bar Association, 2003.
  • O’Neill, Suzanne B., and Catherine Gerhauser Sparkman. From Law School to Law Practice: The New Associate’s Guide. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: American Law Institute/American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, 1998.
  • Peppers, Todd C. Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of the Supreme Court Law Clerk. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006.
  • Shaffer, Thomas L., and Mary M. Shaffer. American Lawyers and Their Communities: Ethics in the Legal Profession. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1991.
  • Shropshire, Kenneth. Careers in Sports Law. Chicag American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 1990.
  • Smith, J. Clay, Jr., ed. Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2000.
  • Smith, Janet. Beyond L.A. Law: Break the Traditional “Lawyer” Mold. Chicag Harcourt Brace Legal and Professional Publications, 1998.
  • Stewart, James B. The Partners. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983.
  • Strauss, Debra M. Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships. Chicag The BarBri Group, 2002.
  • Swartz, Salli A., and Mark W. Janis. Careers in International Law. 2nd ed. Chicag American Bar Association, 2001.
  • Thorner, Abbie Willard, ed. Now Hiring: Government Jobs for Lawyers. (1990-1991 edition). Chicag American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 1990.
  • Vlajcic, Sara. Family Law Careers. Chicag American Bar Association, 1998.
  • Wayne, Ellen. Careers in Labor Law. Chicag American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 1985.

Biography

  • Auchincloss, Louis. Life, Law and Letters: Essays and Sketches. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1979.
  • Baker, Leonard. John Marshall: A Life in Law. New York: Macmillan, 1974.
  • Cray, Ed. Chief Justice: A Biography of Earl Warren. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
  • Darrow, Clarence. The Story of My Life. Cambridge: DeCapo Press, 1996. (First published in 1932.)
  • Davis, Deane C. Justice in the Mountains: Stories & Tales by a Vermont Country Lawyer. Shelbume, VT: New England Press, 1980.
  • Davis, Lenwood G. I Have a Dream: The Life and Times of Martin Luther King. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1973.
  • Douglas, William 0. Go East Young Man: The Early Years. New York: Random House, 1974.
    – Court Years, 1939—1975: The Autobiography of William 0. Douglas. New York: Random House, 1980.
  • Dunne, Gerald T. Hugo Black and the Judicial Revolution. New York: Pocket, 1978.Frankfurter, Felix.
  • Felix Frankfurter Reminisces. New York: Reynal & Co., 1960.
  • Goldman, Roger, with David Gallen. Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.: Freedom First. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., 1994.
  • Griswold, Erwin N. Ould Fields, New Come: The Personal Memoirs of a Twentieth Century Lawyer. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing, 1992.
  • Gunther, Gerald. Learned Hand: The Man and the Judge. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.
  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell, and Richard A. Posner. The Essential Holmes: Selections from the Letters, Speeches, Judicial Opinions, and Other Writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes. (reissue edition) Chicag University of Chicago Press, 1997.
  • Howe, Mark deWolfe. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. 2 vols. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1957, 1963.
  • Jeffries, John, Jr. Justice Lewis F. Powell. New York: Scribner, 1994.
  • Kahlenberg, Richard D. Broken Contract: A Memoir of Harvard Law School. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999. (First published in 1992)
  • Keates, William R. Proceed With Caution: A Diary of the First Year at One of America’s Largest, Most Prestigious Law Firms. New York: Harcourt Brace Legal and Professional Publications, 1997.
  • Lynn, Conrad J. There Is a Fountain: The Autobiography of a Civil Rights Lawyer. 2nd ed. Chicag Lawrence Hill Books, 1993.
  • Marke, Julius J. The Holmes Reader. 2nd ed. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, Inc., 1964.
  • Miller, Henry G. On Trial: Lessons from a Lifetime in the Courtroom. New York: ALM Publishing, 2001.
  • Newton, Jim. Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made. New York: Riverhead Books (Penguin), 2006.
  • Nizer, Louis. Reflections Without Mirrors: An Autobiography of the Mind. New York: Doubleday, 1978.
  • Noonan, John T., Jr. Persons and Masks of the Law: Cardozo, Holmes, Jefferson, and Wythe as Makers of the Masks. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002.
  • Pound, Roscoe, and Karl Llewellyn. Searching for an American Jurisprudence. Chicag University of Chicago Press, 1998.
  • Rosenkranz, E. Joshua, and Bernard Schwartz. Reason and Passion: Justice Brennan’s Enduring Influence. New York: Norton, 1997.
  • Rowan, Carl T. Dream Makers, Dream Breakers. The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall. Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1994.
  • Schwartz, Bernard. Super Chief, Earl Warren and His Supreme Court—A Judicial Biography. New York: New York University Press, 1983.
  • Simon, James F. Independent Journey: The Life of William 0. Douglas. New York: Harper & Row, 1980.
  • Strum, Phillippa. Brandeis: Beyond Pro gressivism. Lawrence,
  • KS: University Press of Kansas, 1993. Justice for the People. New York: Schocken, 1989.
  • Thomas, Evan. The Man to See. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.
  • Walsh, Lawrence E. The Gift of Insecurity: A Lawyers Life. Chicag American Bar Association, 2003.
  • Westin, Alan F. Autobiography of the Supreme Court: Off-the-Bench Commentary by the Justices. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1978.
  • White, G. Edward. Earl Warren: A Public Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.
  • Wigdor, David. Roscoe Pound: Philosopher of Law. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1974.
  • Williams, Juan. Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.

Jurisprudence and Legal Issues

  • Bodenhamer, David J., and James E. Ely, Jr., eds. The Bill of Rights in Modern America. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993.
    Cahn, Edmond. The Moral Decision: Right and Wrong in the Light of American Law. Littleton, CO: Fred S. Rothman and Co, 1993.
    (First published in 1955.)
  • Cardozo, Benjamin N. The Nature of the Judicial Process. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1960. (First published in 1921.)
  • Fine, Toni M. American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing, 1997.
  • Finkel, Norman J. Insanity on Trial. New York: Springer, 1988.
  • Friedrichs, David R. Law In Our Lives: An Introduction. 2nd edition. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing, 2005. Friedman, Lawrence M. Law in America: A Short History. New York: Modern Library, 2004.
  • Friedman, Lawrence M., and Harry N. Scheiber, eds. Legal Culture and the Legal Proftssion. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996.
  • Greenberg, Jack. Crusaders in the Courts: How a Dedicated Band of Lawyers Fought for the Civil Rights Revolution. New York: Twelve Tables Press, 1994.
  • Guinier, Lani. The Tyranny of the Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy. New York: Free Press, 1995.
  • Harr, Jonathan. A Civil Action. New York: Vintage, 1996.
  • Heilbroner, David. Rough Justice. New York: Pantheon, 1990.
  • Hoban, Thomas More, and Richard Oliver Brooks. Green Justice: The Environment and the Courts. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996.
  • Irons, Peter. A People’s History of the Supreme Court. New York: Penguin, 2000.
  • Irons, Peter, and Stephanie Guitton, eds. May It Please the Court: The Most Significant Oral Arguments Made Before the Supreme Court Since 1955. Audiocassette. New York: New Press, 1993.
  • Kennedy, Caroline, and Ellen Aldeman. The Right to Privacy. New York: Knopf, 1995.
  • Kluger, Richard. Simple Justice: The History of Brown vs. Board of Education and Black America’s Struggle for Equality. New York: Vintage, 2004. (First published in 1976.)
  • Lewis, Anthony. Gideon’s Trumpet. New York: Random House, 1964.
    – Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment. New York: Random House, 1991.
  • Pound, Roscoe. Law and Morals. South Hackensack, NJ: Rothman Reprints, 1969. (First published in 1926.)
  • Rehnquist, William H. The Supreme Court: How It Was, How It Is. rev. ed. New York: Vintage, 2002.
  • Rosen, Jeffrey. The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America. New York: Times Books, 2007.
  • Savage, G. David. Turning Right: The Making of the Rehnquist Supreme Court. New York: Wiley, 1993.
  • Schwartz, Bernard. A History of the Supreme Court. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Shapiro, Fred R. The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Shapiro, Joseph P. No Pity: People With Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1994.
  • Simon, James B The Antagonists: Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter and Civil Liberties in Modern America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
  • Spence, Gerry. With Justice for None. New York: Penguin, 1990.
  • Stone, Geoffrey R., Richard Epstein, and Cass R. Sunstein, eds. The Bill of Rights in the Modern State. Chicago University of Chicago Press, 1992.
  • Sunstein, Cass R. Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech. New York: Free Press, 1995.
  • Treanor, Richard Bryant. We Overcame: The Story of Civil Rights for Disabled People. Falls Church, VA: Regal Direct Publishing, 1993.
  • Tribe, Laurence H. God Save This Honorable Court: How the Choice of Supreme Court Justices Shapes Our History. New York: New American Library, 1986.
  • Tushnet, Mark V. Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1936-1961. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Tushnet, Mark, ed. The Warren Court in Historical and Political Perspective. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1993.
  • Vandevelde, Kenneth J. Thinking Like a Lawyer: An Introduction to Legal Reasoning. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996.
  • Walker, Samuel. Hate Speech: The History of an American Controversy. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1994.
    – In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Ward, Artemis, and David L. Weiden. Sorcerers’ Apprentices: 100 Years of Law Clerks at the United States Supreme Court. New York: New York University Press, 2006.
  • Williams, Patricia J. The Alchemy of Race and Rights. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.
  • Wishman, Seymour. Anatomy of a Jury. New York: Penguin, 1987.

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