PRE-LAW SUMMER READING LIST
– the best books to read before starting law school.
Going to law school this fall? We’ve got a list of summer reading to make sure that you’re primed and ready to go. We also suggest some pleasure reading to keep your mind agile. Remember, law school is a reading-heavy enterprise. You might not get a chance to read a novel for fun for a while, so you’d better do it now! However, this law school reading list is mostly designed to make sure you are ready to meet the challenge of law school exams, note-taking, and case briefing. Read up on what to expect in law school, and you’ll have a little less pre-law anxiety, making it easy to enjoy the summer!
This is Josh’s recommendation, a fantastic book about a Harvard Law student’s first year written by the well-known practicing lawyer and fiction writer. It was published over 25 years ago, but still perfectly captures the struggles and emotions of life as a 1L. Though it’s not the book that the movie the ‘The Paper Chase’ was based on, it’s captures the same harrowing psychological drama of the law school experience. A warning: fans of faster reads may find it a bit too meditative. Still, I think the type of person that thrives in law school will find this an exciting read.
Read A Book About The City Where You Will Attend School
When we were about to start at the University of Chicago Law, the school recommended we read Devil in the White City, a non-fiction “novel” about the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and the serial killer H.H. Holmes who was active at that time. Reading a book about the history of your new city will orient you and give you a deeper feel for the place. If you are having trouble picking something, call your school’s admissions office for a recommendation or check their site to see if they already make one. I guarantee they won’t find this question silly- they are likely passionate about their city and want to help you get to know it.