This multimedia bibliography is for students thinking about law school and for current students who are looking for books, movies, and websites about law school and the law.
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2016
LAW SCHOOL 411: Books & Films on Law & Law School is a multimedia bibliography for students thinking about law school, and for current students who are looking for books, movies, and websites about law school and the law. The listings run the gamut from lawyers in popular culture to inspiring stories of social justice and law to excelling in law school. Click on any tab (above) to view the resources listed in each section.
The Law Book
Call Number: K150 .R64 2015
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Join author Michael H. Roffer as he explores 250 of the most fundamental, far-reaching, and often-controversial cases, laws, and trials that have profoundly changed our world—for good or bad. Offering authoritative context to ancient documents as well as today’s hot-button issues, The Law Book presents a comprehensive look at the rules by which we live our lives. It covers such diverse topics as the Code of Hammurabi, the Ten Commandments, the Trial of Socrates, the Bill of Rights, women’s suffrage, the insanity defense, and more. Roffer takes us around the globe to ancient Rome and medieval England before transporting us forward to contemporary accounts that tackle everything from civil rights, surrogacy, and assisted suicide to the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Google Books, and the fight for marriage equality.
Organized chronologically, the entries each consist of a short essay and a stunning full-color image, while the “Notes and Further Reading” section provides resources for more in-depth study. Justice may be blind, but this collection brings the rich history of the law to light.
The Legal Analyst
Call Number: K212 .F37 2007
Publication Date: 2007-06-15
This book is a very accessible introduction to the major ideas of modern legal thinking and a useful survey of current thinking in the field. It covers an extraordinarily broad range of topics in a limited space and is very clearly written, studded with interesting examples and observations. It can profitably be read by law students, lawyers, and lay people with an interest in the legal system.
Call Number: KF336 H68 2013
Publication Date: 2013
On March 18, 1963 the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. The Court unanimously ruled that all defendants facing significant jail time have the constitutional right to a free attorney if they cannot afford their own. In "Chasing Gideon" Karen Houppert chronicles the stories of people in all parts of the country who have relied on Gideon's promise. "Chasing Gideon" provides crucial insight into our attempts to implement this fundamental constitutional right.
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- The 25 Greatest Legal Movies by Jose Nogueras
ABA Journal's list of 25 greates legal movies.
- Ten Novels about the Supreme Court by Camille Broussard
At the U.S. Supreme Court, a single vote can alter the outcome of the country’s most hot-button disputes—abortion, affirmative action, campaign finance, gun control and immigration, to name a few. Here are 10 "novel" discussions about the court.