Law School Insider: Law Students’ Suggested Read + Watch List

Welcome to Law School Insider! In this multi-part blog series, you will hear directly from current law students about their favorite courses, law school myths, best pre-law tips, and more!

The summer is a great time to relax and engage in some entertainment. What better way to be entertained than with some law-related material! In this post, you will hear about all-time favorite legal-related books, movies, and TV shows from current law students – just in time for summer!

Must Read/Watch

A Civil Actionby Jonathan Harr

-Sanjiv S. | University of Illinois College of Law

Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration-and How to Achieve Real Reform by John Pfaff

-Haydn L. | University of Michigan Law School

On Trial: Lessons from a Lifetime in the Courtoom” by Henry G. Miller, Esq.

-Joseph A. | University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

“I’m not a big reader anymore. A Few Good Men and My Cousin Vinny are great films about the law.”

-Nick S. | University of Illinois College of Law

Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers” by Deborah Tuerkheimer

-Tara S. | Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein

-Margaret B. | DePaul University College of Law

“For something timely, I recommend When Abortion Was A Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973 by Leslie J. Reagan (a UIUC professor).”

-Amanda W. | Duke University School of Law

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

-Matthew M. |UNLV William S. Boyd College of Law

Becoming by Michelle Obama

-Ashley T. | George Washington University Law School

Better Call Saul (Television series)

-Khalil R. | University of Chicago Law School

“I don’t tend to read many law-related books in my free time because I like having a clear separation between school and relaxation, but I am currently reading Martha Minow’s When Should Law Forgive? It’s an interesting take on what the focus of our legal system should be, and is easily accessible to folks who don’t yet have a background in law.”

-Ben T. | University of California, Berkley, School of Law

“Michelle Obama’s Becoming! She discusses interesting feelings about law school and the profession in general. If you’re on the fence about law school, I’d read it to get another perspective.”

-Skylar R. | Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street” by Sheelah Kolhatkar

-Sydney S. | Georgetown University Law Center

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

-Maciek C. | University of Wisconsin Law School

Barbarian at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco” by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

-Alberto V. | University of Chicago Law School

Lady Justice: Women, The Law and the Battle to Save America” by Dahlia Lithwick

-Erica H. | George Washington University Law School

Looking for additional suggestions?

Thieves of Book Row, by Travis McDade

Torn from their Bindings, by Travis McDade

The Book Thief, all by Travis McDade 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

The Trial, by Franz Kafka

An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement, by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

Know My Name, by Chanel Miller

I’ll Be Gone In the Dark, by Michelle McNamara

Radium Girls, by Kate Moore

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

My Cousin Vinny – movie

Find Me Guilty – movie

Sleepers – movie

A Civil Action – movie

Amistad – movie

On the Basis of Sex – movie

Marshall – movie

Loving – movie

Bridge of Spies – movie

Partner Track – Netflix series

Erin Brokovich – movie

Legally Blonde – movie

Check out this list of 25 Greatest Legal Movies according to the American Bar Association!

Check out this list of suggested law-related TV shows!

And here is a list of the 25 Greatest Law Novels Ever from Goodreads!