20 Books Every Law Student Should Read

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Reading often helps one to open the doors of new knowledge. Being a law student, it becomes even more necessary to constantly read to keep yourself updated than the others. Besides gathering theoretical knowledge, it is also important to be aware of the insights and guidance that the books provides apart from the subjective ones. Such books help a law student to overcome various challenges that would come his/her way and also help to acquire a better understanding of practical aspects of law. Below mentioned are 20 books that are a must-read for every law student.

  1. COURTROOM GENIUS


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The book Courtroom Genius by Nani Palkhivala sheds light upon his journey as a pioneer in the legal profession. Nani Palkhivala was an Indian jurist and a well-reputed constitutional lawyer. This book witnesses various incidents and challenges that every law student would face in his/her journey and provides the techniques to deal with those challenges. The book chronicles all those important cases in which he appeared. The reader can understand how his vision as an advocate changed the destiny of the country. It also provides for the working methods adopted by him as well as his unique style of advocacy. Thus, no law student should miss a chance to read this book.

  1. BEFORE MEMORY FADES


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The book before Memory Fades is an autobiography of Fali S Nariman, one of the greatest Jurists of India. In his book, he not only recalls and cherishes his time as a member of the Bombay Bar Council, but also provides a complete and detailed insight about the National Emergency of 1975. He also recollects all those important cases, which shaped him into an astonishing advocate. This masterpiece also stands as a commentary on important cases like the Golaknath case and the Kesavananda Bharati case. Thus, this autobiography will not only inspire the budding lawyers but will also remind them of the role that an advocate can play in shaping the nation.

  1. COURTING POLITICS


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Written by Shweta Bansal, this book provides an insight about the life stories of nine lawyers turned politicians. The tales of these eminent personalities continue to inspire many in the law profession. Through sheer dedication, hard work, and perseverance these lawyers became successful in dominating their field of work. For a law student, their stories will just not be fascinating but enlightening as well as informative. The book highlights how a lawyer can play a key role in shaping the opinion of the public and the government. It is thus a must-read for every law student.

  1. GOD SAVE THE HON’BLE SUPREME COURT



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This piece of art by Fali S. Nariman educates the reader about the role of the media, parliament, politicians, and, the Supreme Court. The author provides insights on the policies framed by the government, and questions the functioning of the Supreme Court of India. He highlights the importance of role of the media in the democracy. He particularly mentions about the rights of minorities and articulates the importance of the protection of those rights. Loaded with knowledge about diverse spheres of the democracy including the judiciary, and innumerable facts as well as incidents, no law student can afford to miss reading this book.

  1. LAW, LIFE AND WORKS


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Written by Hon’ Justice Hans Raj Khanna, this book highlights the incidents of his life that shaped him into a great lawyer. Justice H.R Khanna proposed the basic structure doctrine and played a key role during the time of Emergency in India. The book discusses various dimensions of the legal fraternity and gives insight into the various judgments passed by him. Highlighting the importance of practicality in the field of law, this book is one of the best books for law students.

  1. TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD


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This book written by Harper Lee is indeed amongst her best piece of writings. Based in 1930s, the book provides insights of racism and outlines the story of two children who face discrimination and witness the struggle of their father in defending a black man. What makes the book unique is the infusion of good-natured humour and sorrow ending into a touching story. The author also talks about ‘The Great Depression’ which the southern people faced and how it affected their lives. Providing a unique insight into the rampant racism at that time, the book should top the bucket list of every law student.

  1. THE RULE OF LAW


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This book by Tom Bingham provides details of eight subjects, which forms the foundation of any legal system. It outlines all those commandments that are necessary to every democratic system. It provides a deep learning about the subject of rule of law, which is the root of any legal system. Referred to as the bible of the English law, this book can prove to be highly informative as well as enriching for the law students.

  1. WINNING ARGUMENTS


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The book winning arguments by Jay Heinrichs is a book that focuses on strengthening one of the most important skills of a lawyer, i.e. ‘debating’. It collectively provides the wisdom of various people from different era, right from Aristotle to Yoda. They provide a deep insight into the techniques of strengthening one’s arguments. Considering the skill of debating to be one of the most important ones, this book should be in the bucket list of every law student.

  1. LETTERS TO A LAW STUDENT


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Written by Nicholas J. McBride, in this book, a law professor writes 20 letters to his student guiding him on the journey to become a successful lawyer. The teacher advises the student on how to be a good law student, and ultimately become a great lawyer. The book will prove to be beneficial for any law student in clearing all their doubts and confusions that will come in their way, and thus is a must-read.

  1. WE, THE PEOPLE


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Written by Nani Palkhivala, the book discusses several important subjects of law such as taxation, socialism, education, social justice, economic growth, and democracy. The book not only confines to discussing these subjects, but also puts forward various problems and challenges that prevail in India, providing solutions for the same. The book inspires future generations to understand the repercussions of moral decay in public life, politics, and the Indian democratic society. Covering various theoretical and practical spheres of law and politics, it is one of the best books for law students.

  1. LEGAL EAGLES


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Written by Indu Bhan, Legal Eagles chronicles the story of the top seven lawyers in India. It extensively discusses what led each of them to become India’s most reputed lawyers. Outlining the fact that a person needs much more than just shrewd intelligence to become a successful lawyer, the book highlights the sheer hard work and years of austerity, each one of them practiced. The book is a must-read for the budding lawyers as it provides an insight into the real struggles faced by a lawyer and provides for ways to achieve success in the journey
of becoming a great one.

  1. THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION, CORNERSTONE OF A NATION


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Granville Austin, in this book highlights the history of the Constituent Assembly of India. The book provides an insight into why the members of the Indian Constituent Assembly drafted the constitution the way they did. Understanding the constitution of their country is necessary for law students, and thus this book provides a deep knowledge of the process of framing of the Indian constitution.

  1. WHAT ABOUT LAW


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Catherine Barnard has designed this book especially for budding law students to familiarise them with the subjects like critical thinking, logical reasoning, and argument. It gives an introduction of the legal system to the prospective law students and gives them an idea as to what learning the law involves. The book would change the perception of every student who thinks that law is a dull and boring subject. This one will be a paradigm shift for its readers.

  1. THE LEGAL ANALYST


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Ward Farnsworth in this book highlights the process of thinking in the field of law. The book explains and discusses numerous ways to understand law as a subject. It is one of the best books for a law student as it presents, in a very accessible manner, ideas to improve one’s reasoning, critical thinking, and arguments. It also provides methods to analyse the case laws, which is a highly critical skill of a lawyer. The book would thus act as a guide for every law student.

  1. MAKING YOUR CASE: THE ART OF PERSUADING JUDGES


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A fantastic piece of art by Antonia Scalia, this book focuses on two of the most important skills of a courtroom lawyer i.e. to persuasively speak and write. This book teaches the art of Judicial Persuasion to its readers. It also provides ideas on how to succeed in any oral argument and provides methods to strengthen the art of writing. It is one of the best books for a law student as it provides effective ways to develop one’s practical knowledge and develop the art of advocacy.

  1. THE ELEMENTS OF LEGAL STYLE


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Written by Bryan Garner this book of law provides techniques and ways to develop all those elements that a legal writer is required to be aware of such as structure, the choice of words while drafting any legal document, headings, use of quotations, and defined legal terms. It is thus a must-read for every law student as it would develop and improve the much-required skill of legal drafting.

  1. INDIA’S FOUNDING MOMENT:


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Authored by Madhav Khosla this book describes the shaping of our constitution after independence and the challenges faced in its drafting by an independent and democratic country. The ideas during the time of framing the constitution taking into consideration the state of the economy during that time, which were proposed then, have been summarized in this book. It mentions about the nations where constitutionalism and democracy emerged hand in hand. It is a must-read for every law student as the book reminds us of the challenges faced during those times when the promise of self-rule (Swaraj) that was taken.

  1. THE CASES THAT INDIA FORGOT


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It is a book written by a constitutional expert Chintan Chandrachud, which takes us back and behind the scenes of 10 most popular, yet forgotten cases of the Supreme Court, which raised numerous questions on the functioning of the judiciary in India. The cases from various fields of law, such as rape, sexual harassment, the role of parliament in making an amendment etc. shows the reader the true side of the justice through history. It is a very interesting book for all the law students as it enriches them and helps them to analyse both the sides of the cases and to introspect on the right one.

  1. TOMORROW’S LAWYERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO YOUR FUTURE:


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Written by Richard Susskind, the book outlines and talks about the unpredictable changes in the world of law. It talks about all those changes that could take place in the field of law due to various factors such as the change in economy and transformations in technology. Some of the changes that he predicts include the introduction of virtual courts, legal businesses based on the internet, online legal documentation, liberalization, and modernisation of legal systems, etc. It is one of the best books for a law student as it draws all the possibilities of the development that could take place by today’s budding lawyers. Thus, providing them a space to think innovatively and bring about better changes in the legal landscapes.

  1. SPEAKING FOR THE BENCH:


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The book is written by P.B. Sahasranaman and provides insights of the popular judgements of Hon’ Justice V.R Krishna Iyer. The book discusses cases covering all the subjects of law such as civil law, commercial law, administrative law election law and constitutional law. It describes how the judgements over a subject changes over time and discusses the developments made in every judgement pronounced by him.

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