Books to Read Before Law School

Books to Read Before Law School

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Welcome to LearnLawBetter. Want to know which books to read before law
school? Are you excited, and want to get a head start? Stay to the end, as I provide you with my
list of 10 books to read before you start your legal education. Don’t forget to hit the like button if you
enjoy the episode and click the subscribe button and bell if you don’t want to miss
any future episodes. Hi, this is Beau Baez, and today I want to
provide you with some books you might find interesting before you start law school. The list includes books in fiction, academic
success, biography, writing, history, and the Supreme Court. One: Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law
School Exams. I have recommended this book for years, and it is on almost everyone’s list of books to read before law school. Because law school exams are radically different
from college exams, you need to start thinking about this topic now. If you only have time to read one book, this is the one to read. Two: To Kill a Mockingbird. This classic novel, which is also a movie, follows the life of a small town lawyer and his family. This novel is a classic because it shows a
lawyer defending the legal rights of an unpopular defendant charged with committing a horrible
crime. Three: One L. This autobiographical work follows
the life of a first year law student at Harvard Law School. Though it’s a few years old, it still captures much of what law students go through during the 1L year of law school. Four: The Bramble Bush. Another book on many lists, this collection of lectures was given to Columbia law students in 1929. The author discusses legal reasoning, exam
taking skills, and other topics that are still relevant to law students. Five: The Elements of Style. This book is needed in every writer’s library
because, guess what, law students and lawyers are writers. Read through this book and begin learning how to write well because the top grades in law school go to the best writers. Six: Gideon’s Trumpet. Read the story of a poor man who was arrested
for a crime he did not commit. But, because he could not afford a lawyer,
he was convicted and sent to prison. Follow his story as he takes his case all
the way up to the Supreme Court. Seven: A History of American Law. This is a history of American law from the
colonial period up through the 21st century. Learn about the successes and failures of
the American legal system. Eight: The Paper Chase. This fictional story of a Harvard law student
introduces the famous Professor Kingsfield, who takes pleasure in destroying first year law
students in his contracts class. Though Kingsfield is a fictional character,
many believe there was an actual professor that was like Kingsfield at Harvard. Several years ago I was talking to a Harvard
Law School graduate, who claimed he had the real-life professor that inspired Professor
Kingsfield. This lawyer told me that he and another law school student were on a rowboat shooting ducks, when another rowboat approached their boat. To their surprise it was their professor, Professor Kingsfield. He asked them if they had shot all the ducks
in the boat, and after they told him yes, he took out his shotgun and shot out the bottom
of their boat. Apparently there was a time when professors
could sink someone else’s boat and not get arrested. By the way, you can watch the movie if you
don’t want to read the book. Nine: Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of
the Constitutional Convention. In this easy to read book, follow the fascinating
story on how the U.S. Constitution was created. Ten: Yankee from Olympus. This mid-20th century classic is a biography
of the great supreme court justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. The story begins with a fascinating account
of his family, including his famous father, who a Harvard Medical School Professor and Dean,
as well as a noted minor poet. The book then delves into the story of the
great supreme court justice. And with that, go and read! And in the comments, provide me with the books
you would recommend to future law students. If you enjoyed this material, hit the like
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37 thoughts on “Books to Read Before Law School

  • Learn Law Better Post author

    What other books do you recommend to future law students?

  • Crystal Sure Post author

    Definitely "To kill a mockingbird" every pre-law student at my alma maters read this book. I would definitely recommend it and the movie. 👍

  • Smol Michal Post author

    The subtle art of not giving a fuck is a good book I feel like people who want to be lawyers stress to much it’s a good book for your mental health

  • Mark Matthews Post author

    In a shameless plug, I'd suggest: Attorney Advice!: Over 100 Things Everyone Should Know, But They Do Not Teach You in Law School

  • Michael S Post author

    Any John Grisham book

  • izzy skyparks Post author

    Great vid!!!

  • Frederick Walzer Post author

    What do you think about philosophy of law books? I am reading Philosophy of Right by Hegel and Legal and Moral Obligation by Saint Thomas Aquinas.

  • Kieron Barnes Post author

    I would suggest the Law 101 book by Jay A. Feinman as it introduces several different law topics

  • Aerry Parker Post author

    Judges on Judging! It’s a collection of essays from Supreme Court justices, district court judges and appellate judges from conservative, liberal and moderate backgrounds. If you don’t read all of the essays it’s good to read a few to learn how judges think and why they have the views they do.

  • emmalou sinugbojan Post author

    Hi…your videos are great except for media volume. Thx.

  • Kevin Carter Post author

    Do not read elements of style. Read steven pinker's style book

  • Windy Neru Post author

    I love your pillows very much. Thank you for sharing your list with us. <3

  • Pioneer 37 Post author

    What types of books do Law students read IN Law School?

  • Katteti Vikram Post author

    How to enter the best law schools in europ and united states

  • its me Post author

    I'm 26. I got out of the army 3 years ago and thought I would be too old to do anything by the time I got my degree. Now I know that's foolish and I'm back in school. My goal is to practice family law and help with other dads trying to get custody of their children

  • Kris Stoff Post author

    Thanks for the insight!

  • Histrionicus Carolinensis Post author

    T'es encore en rogne apres moi vince?

  • Edward Sanders Post author

    I recommend "The Federalist Papers ."

  • Kobe Johnson Post author

    Scalia's Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

  • WPLU572 Trunked Radio Post author

    I'm curious if any lawyers here know much about the Proof of Facts 3d or even 2d (editions) huge volumes by Reuters Westlaw – what are they actually for? lol..

  • General Fiodor Szathmary Post author

    If cops respond to a call and protect the scene and separate witnesses. Detectives come and collect evidence, question witnesses and suspects. The prosecutor convenes a Grand Jury and indicts. Ultimately and innocent man gets convicted. Who's fault is it if nobody perjured themselves? Frankly it scares me.

  • Live your Values Post author

    bramble bush sucks, try crumudgens guide to practicing law

  • Teller3448 Post author

    'Straight and Crooked Thinking' by psychologist Robert H. Thouless.

  • Teller3448 Post author

    'Making your Case' by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

  • Teller3448 Post author

    'Introduction to Jurisprudence' by Dennis Lloyd

  • Tam Tam Post author

    What do you think about audio books instead of reading? Do you feel like you get the same knowledge by just listening audio book if you read it?

  • Meredith Wilson Post author

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful interesting books to read for people who are starting in Law School. Thank you for your light ☺️

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  • Emily Lee Post author

    1. Getting to Maybe by Richard Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    3. One by Scott Turow
    4. The Bramble Bush by Karl N. Llewellyn
    5. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
    6. Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis
    7. A History of American Law by Lawrence M. Friedman
    8. The paper Chase by Jay Osborn Jr.
    9. Miracle at Philadelphia by Cathterine Drinker Bowen
    10. Yankee from Olympus by Catherine Drinker Bowen

  • Homeschooled Around the World Post author

    My daughter is in 6th grade and I was going to give her “The elements of style.” Is that age appropriate to start using that resource? Thank you for another great video!

  • Mary Addison Post author

    Notorious rbg

  • Ameir Ateif Post author

    I would recommend John Grisham series. There's many of em you can choose and all about fictional character of a lawyer in other branches of laws. Very interesting

  • Art Toegemann Post author

    Getting to Maybe, Fischl, Paul; To Kill a Mockingbird; One L, Turow; Bramble bush, Llewwllyn; The elements of style, Strunk, White; Gideons Trumpet, Lewis; A History of American Law, Friedman; The Paper Chase; Miracle at Philadelphia, Bowen; Yankee from Olympus, Bowen;
    Two by Bowen. I've read two, Mockingbird and One L; I like Turow in general. He writes psycological novels and he wrote a short book that ended capital punishment in Illinois. My state law library had a list of recommended books that included The Bible, Crime and Punishment, and The Karamatzov Brothers. I have read those too.
    Did you publish another list that included The Art of War?
    I recommend Walden II, by B.F. Skinner; The Politics of Experience, by R.D. Laing
    I have read Brian Stevens Just Mercy; Francis Wellman, The Lost Art of Cross Examination; Great American Trials, Knappman
    If we include television, I must add Boston Legal.

  • Ram SarnaSingh Post author

    Thank you so much for this books

  • Aman Santosh Post author

    I recommend the Firm

  • J B Post author

    "A Civil Action" is a very good nonfiction book written by Jonathan Harr. I highly recommend this book to read prior to law school start.

  • Abdulmalik Post author

    Plz can you give us books in international law ?

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