Preparing for Law School – Suggested Reading List

Posted on April 27, 2020

Many students wonder how they can prepare for the law school courses they will be taking at The Moritz College of Law. Every year, we provide a suggested reading list to all admitted students. Reading the material below is optional, but it will give you a good foundation as you prepare to begin your legal education in the United States. Also, some students have used coursera.org as a resource in preparing for law school. Feel free to check out their website for online courses.

A great way to prepare for law school is our online Foundations of U.S. Law & Practice at Moritz. This program is highly encouraged for all incoming LL.M. students. Please read through the blog post and let us know if you have any questions.

Introduction to Law

The Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study by Karl N. Llewellyn (Oxford University Press, 2008)

An Introduction to Legal Reasoning by Edward Levi (University of Chicago Press, 1949)

Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell by Kenney F. Hegland (West, 2008)

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System by Jay M. Feinman (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Taking Rights Seriously by Ronald Dworkin (Harvard University Press, 1978)

Law School and Legal Education

Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School, and Institutional Change by Lani Guinier, et al. (Beacon Press, 1997)

The Complete Law School Companion: How to Excel at America’s Most Demanding Post-Graduate Curriculum by Jeff Deaver (Wiley, 1992)

Foundations of the Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach and Jurisprudential Primer by Bailey Kuklin and Jeffrey W. Stempel (West Publishing Co., 1994)

Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Rischl and Jeremy Pau (Carolina Academic Press, 1999)

Law School Survival Manual: From LSAT to Bar Exam by Nancy B Rapoport and Jeffrey D. Van Niel (Aspen Publishers, 2010)

Law School without Fear: Strategies for Success by Helene S. Shapo and Marshall Shapo (Foundation Press, 1996)

Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy (Carolina Academic Press, 2010)

General Reading

The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern (Random House, 1976)

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr (Vintage Books, 1996)

The Courage of Their Convictions: Sixteen Americans Who Fought Their Way to the Supreme Court by Peter Irons (Penguin, 1990)

Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal, and the Private Equity Implosion by Steven M. Davidoff (John Wiley & Sons, 2010)

Madison’s Nightmare: How Executive Power Threatens American Democracy by Peter M. Shane (University of Chicago Press, 2009)

The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law by Martha Chammallas and Jennifer Wriggins (New York University Press, 2010)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (New Press, 2010)

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin (First Anchor, 2008)

Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America by Sharon Davies (Oxford University Press, 2010)

When is Separate Unequal? A Disability Perspective by Ruth Colker (Cambridge University Press, 2008)