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Legal Fiction

A.P. Herbert, Uncommon Law (2001).

Agatha Christie, Witness for the Prosecution (1933).

Albert Camus, The Stranger (1942); “The Guest.” Exile and the Kingdom (1957).

Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1852).

Cornelius Grafton, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1980).

Cyril Hare, Tragedy at Law (1942); An English Murder (1951).

Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925).

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960).

Herman Melville, Billy Budd (1924).

James Cozzens, The Just and Unjust (1942).

John Grisham, The Firm (1991); The Client (1993); Pelican Brief (1992); A Time to Kill (1989); The Rainmaker (1995).

John Mortimer, Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders (2004).

John Jay Osborne, The Associates (1979); The Paper Chase (1971).

John K. Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces (1980).

Kermit Roosevelt, In the Shadow of the Law: A Novel (2006).

Louis Auchincloss, The Partners (1974); Powers of Attorney (1963)

R. Rose & S. Sergel, Twelve Angry Men (1949).

Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Murder (1958).

Scott Turow, Presumed Innocent (1989); The Laws of Our Fathers (1998).

William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust (1948). 

William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice (1600); Measure for Measure (1623).


Environmental Law



A. Hill & E. Jordan, eds., Race, Gender, and Power in America (1995).

A. Scalia, & B. Garner, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (2008).

Alan Dershowitz, The Best Defense (1983).

Charles C. Mann, 1493, Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (2011).

Cynthia Epstein, Women In Law (1993).

Derrick Bell, And We Are Not Saved (1989); Faces At the Bottom of the Well (1993).

Eric Redman, The Dance of Legislation (1973).

Jack Goldsmith, (2007). The Terror Presidency.

James Kunen, How Can You Defend Those People: The Making of a Criminal Lawyer (1985).

Kimm Walton, Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams (2nd ed., 2008).

Laura Nader, The Life of the Law (2002).

Lloyd Bonfield, American Law & the American Legal System in a Nutshell (2006).

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr,. The Annotated Common Law (1881, 2010).

P. Irons, The Courage of Their Convictions (1990).

Randall Kennedy, Race, Crime, and the Law (1998).


Real Cases and the Law

Anthony Lewis, Gideon’s Trumpet (1989).

B. Woodward & S. Armstrong, The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979).

M.Curriden & L. Philips, Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching Trial That Launched 100 Years of Federalism (2001).

Dan Carter, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South (1969).

David Kessler, A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle With a Deadly Industry (2002).

George Fletcher, A Crime of Self-Defense (1988).

Howard Jones, Mutiny on the Amistad (1997).

Jack Bass, Unlikely Heroes (1990).

Jay Feinman, Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System (2000).

Jeff Benedict, Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage (2009).

Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action (1996).

Joseph Margulies, Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power (2006).

Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age (1965).

Kurt Eichenwald, The Informant: A True Story (2001).

L. Rivkin & J. Silberfeld, May It Please the Court! (1993).

Brandt Goldstein, Storming the Court (2005).

Peter Simon, The Anatomy of a Lawsuit (1996).

Richard Kluger, Simple Justice (1977).


Legal History

Legal History

Edward White, The American Judicial Tradition (1988).

G. Gilmore & R. Collins, The Death of Contract (1974).

Joel William Friedman, Champion of Civil Rights: Judge John Minor Wisdom (2009).

Kermit Hall, The Magic Mirror: Law in American History (1989).

Lawrence Friedman, Crime and Punishment in American History (1994); American Law in the Twentieth Century (2002).




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