Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville

Bored at law school or at your legal job in general? Bartleby is your man. Bonus: it’s super short. You’ll probably read it in under two hours.


A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

This play is a dramatized version of the life of Sir Thomas More, and it’s worth reading simply for More’s lines about his belief in the law and his role as a lawyer.


The Good Lawyer: A Novel by Thomas Benigno

A Bronx Legal Aid Attorney finds himself challenging his principles when faced with danger.


Rumpole of the Bailey series by John Mortimer

A TV series turned into funny short stories about an aging London barrister and his clients.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

-There’s nothing quite like a good constitutional overthrow. A very astute work of speculative fiction, almost like a modernized Virginia Wolf

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