Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Optional Summer Reading for New Law Students

I was culling my old papers and came across this list of "Optional Summer Reading for New Law Students" circulated by University of Washington School of Law in 1994.  
  •  Anarchy and Elegance by Chris Goodrich
  • Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
  • The Associates by John Jay Osborne
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Billy Budd & Bartleby the Scrivner by Herman Melville
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • The Bramble Bush" On Our Law and Its Study by Karl Llewellyn
  • Broken Contract by Richard Kahlenberg
  • The Brothel Boy by Norval Morris
  • The Client by John Grisham
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
  • Fatal Vision by John McGinnis
  • The Firm by John Grisham
  • The Future of Law in a Multi-Cultural World by Ada Bozeman
  • Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis
  • The Goldmark Case: An American Libel Trial by William Dwyer
  • The Good Mother by Sue Miller
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Inherit the Wind by Jeorme Lawrence
  • No No Boy by John Okada
  • Paris Trout by Pete Dexter
  • Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  • Reversal of Fortune by Alan Deshowitz
  • Simple Justice by Richard Kluger
  • The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Sixteen years have passed since the list was made, are there other books that you'd recommend for people entering law school?  Here are my own suggestions:

  • A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
  • Innocent by Scott Turow
  • Reversal by Michael Connelly
  • Bargaining for Advantage:Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People by G. Richard Shell
  • Getting More by Stuart Diamond


  1. Hey Gaby - That title brought back memories! I am sure I could think of a couple more. Maybe I'll get back later this week to add a few. :)

  2. Thanks, MarthaE! Would love to read your suggestions. : )