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Law Students Can Only Get Smarter Reading These Knowledgeable Books in 2019

Give a helping hand (or book!) to a lawyer in the making.

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What is the first thing that a student of the law needs to learn in order to successfully carry on with their career besides general knowledge for the law itself? An ability to focus intensely and intently, because there will be verdicts pending on their arguments, so they cannot be sloppy.

When recommending reading material to law students, besides all the mandatory texts their classes already demand, you should give them some that can teach them how to think. It’s not a coincidence that our recommended books for law students do just that. Get them, case closed.

 

#1 Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students

Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students
This book attempts to give students an extensive overview of the contemporary law school experience. The book provides a comprehensive chronological account of what to expect, drawn from the experiences of recent law school graduates. It is a helpful book to demystify the law school experience and provides relevant tips and advice to assist a law student in excelling in a law school program.

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#2 Rhetoric (The New Hackett Aristotle)

Rhetoric (The New Hackett Aristotle)
I often recommend Rhetoric by Aristotle to my colleagues. Many ignore me, but those who listen find an invaluable manual for how to make arguments both logical and persuasive. Many of Aristotle’s original precepts on how to sway an audience have been supported by modern science and have served me well in over 100 jury trials.

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#3 A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
A Civil Action describes how Jan Schlichtman, the plaintiffs’ attorney, spent lavishly (mostly on experts) during the litigation and how, eventually, the imbalance of the resources contributed to the path of the litigation. The defendants hiding crucial evidence also impeded the plaintiffs’ eventual recovery.

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#4 Garner’s Modern English Usage by Bryan A. Garner

Garner's Modern English Usage by Bryan A. Garner
This book is an indispensable resource for any serious writer. It is the definitive modern reference guide for matters of style, grammar, and usage.. It is of particular usefulness to lawyers (and law students) because the author is a lawyer himself and editor of the prestigious Black’s Law Dictionary. Mr. Garner’s book is comprehensive, readable, and authoritative.

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#5 Man of law, a model by Morris Cyril Shumiatcher

Man of law, a model by Morris Cyril Shumiatcher
This book is an excellent, erudite read. Each chapter identifies a characteristic that the model lawyer should have, for example, Sapience (wisdom). A very intelligent, learned but page-turning read.

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#6 Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams by Kim Alayne Walton

Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams by Kim Alayne Walton
He recommends this one because it’s hard to navigate the legal job market and it can be intimidating. This book breaks down how to land your dream job and how to set a good foundation while still in law school.

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#7 To Be a Trial Lawyer by F. Lee Bailey

To Be a Trial Lawyer by F. Lee Bailey
About this book he said, F. Lee Bailey was a prominent lawyer on the O.J. Simpson trial and this book goes through his career and how he laid his foundations. It details his strong abilities in public speaking, and he was and is just an exceptional attorney.

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#8 Tomorrow’s Lawyer: An Introduction to Your Future by Richard Susskind

Tomorrow's Lawyer: An Introduction to Your Future by Richard Susskind
This book talks about the changing technology in the future with relation to law. It can help law students with career planning and help them to see if they can see themselves developing with the future of law as legal matters and documents get shifted to technology.

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#9 Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg
This book should be read by all law students because it teaches how to communicate in an empathetic and effective manner. Empathy is one of the most important characteristics that a lawyer can have because at the end of the day they are advocates for their clients.

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#10 Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
This is technically a non-legal book but the 10,000 principle and other principles that Gladwell illuminates throughout the book encourage hard work, perseverance, and self awareness that translate well to law students. It’s a constant grind to learn and make it to the end of the journey and one must learn everyday.

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#11 What Can You Do With a Law Degree by Deborah Arron

What Can You Do With a Law Degree by Deborah Arron
There is an overwhelming tendency for law professors and schools to try and pigeon hole students into certain legal practice areas or even traditional law practice but a law student should keep this book on hand during their formative legal education years to ensure that they keep an open mind and are aware of myriad of possibilities available to them.

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Contributors to this article
David Reischer from LegalAdvice

Joseph Hoelscher from Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC law firm

Donald E Petersen from Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Israel F. Piedra from Welts, White & Fontaine, P.C.

Scott McLean from Mann Lawyers LLP

Karla Quintero from Alphonse Provinziano

Steven I. Azizi from Miracle Mile Law Group

Jordan. J. Freeman from Hughes Campos LLC

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