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Five Books to Read Before Starting Law School

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So you're starting law school?

There are many great books that you might want to read before starting law school. Law school is filled with books -- casebooks, statute books, study guides, commercial outlines, and more. Occasionally, a professor may even assign a novel. If you are planning to attend law school, hopefully you are someone who enjoys reading!

Before you begin law school, you will probably have questions about the classes, the exam, and the legal profession as a whole. Luckily, there are many people out there in the business of writing books about law school. While experience is the only thing that will make you truly comfortable as a new 1L (first-year law student), these five books are great introductions to law school, law exams, and the highest court in the nation. They are the top five must-read books before your first year of law school.

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Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court of the United States

Why I Attended Law School

When I was 12 years old, I visited Washington D.C. for the first time. We had the opportunity to take tours of the capital, the White House, the Smithsonian... all the big stops. But I was a 12 year-old with big dreams, and there was a moment inside the Supreme Court that took my breath away. At that point, I had no idea what a lawyer did (except what I saw in movies and television shows). Part of me still holds the dream of being a Supreme Court Justice one day.

So, my final book recommendation isn't about surviving law school. But, I think that people who want to enter the legal profession should understand the big picture. Before your first year of law school, take the time to learn something interesting about the judicial branch of government.

Everyone has a passion or dream that drives them to go to law school. The tuition is too massive of an investment if you aren't committed. During your time at law school, find ways to hold onto your passion and remind yourself of the big dreams that sent you there. Those dreams may never be realistic (after all, there are only nine Supreme Court Justices), but they are important and will help you find your way as you approach graduation.

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Do you have a favorite book that you would recommend to an incoming law student? Or just a question or comment about one of these? Leave your opinion here and join the conversation!

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What books would you recommend to new law students?

anonymous on July 01, 2013:

I just graduated law school two years ago. My opinion is that law school is stressful enough. Reading something in advance to prepr is unnecessary and adds stress even before you start. Enjoy your time now, the next three years will be a void.

Roxanne Castillo on February 23, 2013:

Thank you! I'm going to have to read all of these :)

Ronald Tucker from Louisville, Kentucky on November 27, 2012:

Freedom, The Individual And The Law by Geoffrey Robertson would be an excellent book for new law students.

anonymous on March 19, 2012:

Always enjoy reading and finding new books, these would be good even for those not going to law school but want the knowledge.

BuckHawkcenter on March 11, 2012:

I'll bet my daughter would agree with these. She graduated several years ago and is now working in San Diego, but she holds onto all of her law school books. You did a great job of putting together this lens. Your online writing career is off to a great start. Hopefully your law career will also soar!

emmaklarkins on March 09, 2012:

Great list! I love your personal recommendations!

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