Suggested Reading List

Many new students have inquired about what they can do this summer to prepare for law school. In reality, the best thing you can do is read, read a little more, and continue reading. Read newspapers and news magazines about current local and world events, read books, including novels and biographies. Also, numerous books offer advice and strategies for navigating law school; these books offer insight and advice into the first year of law school and beyond. Here are a few we recommend:

  • Richard C. Wydick, Plain English For Lawyers (2005).
  • Susan M. Reinhart, Strategies for Legal Case Reading & Vocabulary Development (2007).
  • Ward Farnsworth, The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit for Thinking about the Law (2007).
  • Shana Connell Noyes & Henry S. Noyes, Acing Your First Year of Law School, The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn In Class (1999).
  • Robert H. Miller, Law School Confidential A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students for Students (2004).
  • Ruth Ann McKinney, Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Like a Lawyer (2d Edition).
  • Leah M. Christensen, Learning Outside the Box: Handbook for Law Students who Learn Differently (2011).
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime & Punishment (several editions).
  • Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action (1996).
  • Scott Turow, Presumed Innocent (1987).
  • Lenora Ledwon, Harry Potter and the Law (2010).