What are the best must-read books for law students?

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    #1The Prince

    The Prince
    The Prince is a 16th-century political analysis written by Niccolò Machiavelli. This book explains the different types of states, how to acquire and maintain political power and the character and behavior a good prince has to have in order to rule his territory properly.
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    Michael Kong
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "If you want to know how people in power thought about the law and government in the past, then you must read this book. The author has many keen insights into the political process and how rulers use the law to their advantage. Law students in particular will find it especially informative."
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    #2To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Stephanie Snyder
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love To Kill a Mockingbird, but I don't think it is a must-read for law students."
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    #3The Concept of the Political

    The Concept of the Political

    This is the most influential work of the legal and political theorist and philosopher Carl Schmitt, about the liberal base of the individual rights. This version is the translation of 1932, including the introduction of George Schwab about the intellectual journey through the ascent of Hitler one-party state.

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    Lauren Schmidt
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This is Carl Schmitt's best book. Although it is an older book, written in 1932, it still is full of useful insights. It is worth your time to read."
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    #4Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    #5Manufacturing Consent

    Manufacturing Consent

    Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media is a book written by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky. It offers an analysis of mass media and how it manipulates the truth.

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    Dorothy Sanchez
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I think this book is definitely a different take on the way the media works. It is refreshing to see someone defend the media and what they do. I definitely think this is a must-read for not only law students but everyone else as well."
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    #6The Age Of Reason

    The Age Of Reason

    The Age Of Reason is a book by Thomas Paine who wrote in his book that Bible has no valid proof for its biographies are changing and it was written on different dates. He was sued because of this so he flew to France and lived there. 

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    Matthew Cook
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "great writing. Paine really delivers a punch with this book. Really great read."
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    #7The Pelican Brief

    The Pelican Brief

    One of the most famous best-selling novels by John Grisham about the adventure of Darby Shaw, a student of legal in New Orleans who finds a legal brief which links the deaths and uncovers a presidential conspiracy.

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    Sandra Gibson
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "The Pelican Brief is a great book, one of the best legal thrillers that has been written, and one that has done very well with the masses. However, when it gets boiled down to just law students, this is hardly a must read. It is a work of fiction, it is not reflective of a realistic law experience, it goes for entertainment over accuracy, so while enjoyable, it is hardly a must read for law students."
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    #8The Rule of Law

    The Rule of Law

    The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham is ideal for those who are interested in the fields of politics, society and democracies. It also tackles the effect of a responsible government in a country's economic growth.

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    Wayne Carlson
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "The Rule of Law is an educated summary of anyone looking to get into the field of law and might be interested in pursuing a law related field, be it lawyer or police officer. It works as a simple introduction in the basics of how our laws have operated over the course of history and their effect on the population at large. The content can be dry at times, taking itself very seriously, especially with the examples of court rulings, but if you plow through it, you'll gain some insight into the importance it brings into society."
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    #9The Social Contract

    The Social Contract
    The Social Contract is written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and translated by Maurice Cranston was originally published in 1762. This book about French revolution tackles the Origin of Inequality and Political Economy.
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    Wayne Diaz
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Rousseau's classic treatise, which inspired Enlightenment thinkers for generations. It's a tough read, even with the painstaking effort that went into translation, but not as bad as some. I would recommend it for anyone interested in the Enlightenment, or classical analyses of inequality and social justice."
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    #10Elements of the Philosophy of Right

    Elements of the Philosophy of Right

    Elements of the Philosophy of Right by Georg Wilhelm was originally published in 1820. It was translated by Friedrich Hegel, Allen W. Wood, and Raymond Geuss. This book highlights the background history of Hegel's text.

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    Dylan Nichols
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "A great book on law that anyone who is interested in the topic should sit down and enjoy it."
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    #11On Liberty

    On Liberty

    On Liberty is a non-fiction book written by John Stuart Mill. This book was published in 1859. It presents the nineteenth century's views about the social and political philosophy.

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    Jacob Knight
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "I see this has some pretty good reviews and is on the subject oddly enough on "Liberty". I see a lot of comments that it should be required to be read by high school students which is pretty good praise of its importance. The obvious answer here though should be To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and second to that would The Trial by Franz Kafka. I am not disappointed in the result and its a little out of the box so I could see how it would work okay for me."
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    #12One L

    One L

    One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School is a book about law written by Scott Turow. This book highlighths the author's experiences and challenges as a law student at Harvard Law School.

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    Kyle Barrett
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "As soon as I had a sense of justice I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I graduated with my BA in political science in 2014 and as soon as I got into law school, I was given this as a gift. One L follows a first-year Harvard law student and his journey to get his degree. This is super practical and gave me a good idea of what to expect."
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    #13Carry Me Home

    Carry Me Home

    Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution is a nonfiction book written by Diane McWhorter about American history and civil rights. This was originally published in 2001.

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    Harini Mehra
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I really like how this book goes into the details of the Birmingham Alabama case in ways that aren't always considered in the broader narrative. It's a little slow in spots but it's very thorough, and you won't find a more detailed look anywhere else."
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    #14Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion

    Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion

    Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion by Seth Stern is a nonfiction biography of the life of Justice William Brennan. This book was published in 2010 best read for those under the legal profession.

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    Sara Garza
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "It is a biography of a well known chief of justice. Puts in perspective the system"
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    #15Becoming Justice Blackmun

    Becoming Justice Blackmun

    Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey by Linda Greenhouse is a nonfiction biography of the late Justice Blackmun. This book was published in 2005.

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    #16Louis D. Brandeis: A Life

    Louis D. Brandeis: A Life

    Louis D. Brandeis by Melvin I. Urofsky is a nonfiction biography of the notable late justice Louis D. Brandeis. This book narrates his perspective from the law to politics to inspire every reader.

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    Thomas Jensen
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The first full-scale biography in twenty-five years of one of the most important and distinguished justices to sit on the Supreme Court–a book that reveals Louis D. Brandeis the reformer, lawyer, and jurist, and Brandeis the man, in all of his complexity, passion, and wit. Louis Dembitz Brandeis had at least four “careers.” As a lawyer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he pioneered how modern law is practiced. He, and others, developed the modern law firm, in which specialists manage different areas of the law. He was the author of the right to privacy; led the way in creating the role of the lawyer as counselor; and pioneered the idea of pro bono publico work by attorneys. As late as 1916, when Brandeis was nominated to the Supreme Court, the idea of pro bono service still struck many old-time attorneys as somewhat radical. "
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    #17Hugo Black: A Biography

    Hugo Black: A Biography

    Hugo Black: A Biography by Roger K. Newman is a nonfiction biography of an extraordinary man who fought for freedom during his generation. This book was published in 1994.

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    #18Super Chief

    Super Chief

    Super Chief: Earl Warren and His Supreme Court, a Judicial Biography by Bernard Schwartz is a compilation of real-life courtroom experience of the Supreme Court Justice Warren.

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    Mary Simmons
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Now, i want to preface by saying if you do not like reading court document this is not for you. You need a large prior knowledge of law to understand this book. My criminal law professor assigned us this book for some "light" reading. I say "light" because some of the crimes detailed in this book are extremely horrific. It explains why these horrible people got off scotch free even though they should have been sent to prison. The book also detailed some pretty stupid petty crimes people committed. Some of them will make you laugh your ass off. "
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    #19Abe Fortas: A Biography

    Abe Fortas: A Biography

    Abe Fortas: A Biography by Laura Kalman is a nonfiction book about the biography of the late Supreme Court Justice, Abe Fortas. This book was published in 1990 best written for those inspiring lawyers and practicing lawyers.

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    Hansika Saxena
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I have never been into biographies, but while I was on vacation, I found this on the shelf of the bed and breakfast I was staying in. I took it to the lake with me to read while I laid in the sun. It was a really good book, the author really did the research. I found it enlightening and it makes me want to look at more biographies "
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    #20Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

    Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

    Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader is a book on civil rights written and edited by Michael Edmonds. This nonfiction history and cultural book was originally published in 2014.

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    Thomas Garrett
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This a nice book which will interest those in law. It is a nicely done book."
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    #21Coming of Age in Mississippi

    Coming of Age in Mississippi

    Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South is a memoir written by Anne Moody. This autobiography about civil rights was originally published in 1968.

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    Pamela Meyer
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "It tells a personal tale of the fight for human rights by black people. It is easy to relate to Ms. Moody. You can feel the struggle of blacks fight to be treated as equals. I didn't want the book to end."
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    #22Warriors Don't Cry

    Warriors Don't Cry

    Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High is a memoir written by Melba Pattillo Beals. This book about civil rights was originally published in 1994.

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    James Johnson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Come right out and say that this isn't a must read book for anyone in my opinion. It's good yes, specifically it is very well written, for that alone it's worth a look. It seems though there may be some embellishment going on in this. Reading it the viewpoint seems biased to me but eh. Personally I would skip this and look for other, more objective material."
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    #23Opening the Doors

    Opening the Doors

    Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa is a historical nonfiction book written by B.J. Hollars. This was originally published in 2013.

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    Donald Burke
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Great book. I love reading about segregation and how much more racist society was back then. Puts some things in perspective now."
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    #24The Invisible Gorilla

    The Invisible Gorilla

    The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us is a nonfiction psychology business book written by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 2007 by Createspace.

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    Jacob Andrews
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The invisible Gorilla is a fantastic psychology business book that everyone who plans to have a career in law or psychology should read, detailing the inner workings of the human mind this book teaches so much."

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Best What are the best must-read books for law students
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The PrinceBooks 43 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 37 Paid
3The Concept of the PoliticalBooks 36 Paid
4Animal FarmBooks 34 Paid
5Manufacturing ConsentBooks 28 Paid
6The Age Of ReasonBooks 25 Paid
7The Pelican BriefBooks 19 Paid
8The Rule of LawBooks 13 Paid
9The Social ContractBooks 8 Paid
10Elements of the Philosophy of RightBooks 4 Paid
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