Books are working tools of a Lawyer and as such a Lawyer can not do without books same way a pastor can’t do without a Bible. Asides the books needed in every day practice, there are numerous books which every Lawyer or law student must read and be abreast with the details in such book in order to aid their professional growth, knowledge and open their eyes to realties which cannot be acquired from Legal books. These write-up considers fifteen of the best books for lawyers and law students.
15 Books Every Lawyer and Law student must read
Below are the top 15 law books for lawyers and law students:
1. The Happy Lawyer: Making good Life in the Law
This book authored by Nancy Levitt and Douglas Linder examines the causes of dissatisfaction amongst lawyers and the unpacked mystery of why so many lawyers seem to be living life’s of silent desperation. The authors further discusses the paths to a happier and more fulfilling legal career, as well as the science of happiness and the working of a modern law firm.
These amazing content in the book makes it a delight for every lawyer to read and that’s why it tops my list.
2. Stop putting out fires: Building more efficient and profitable Law Practice
This book was born out for the experience and growth of Jeremy Richter as a Lawyer. He put his own struggles and early development on paper in order to inspire other Lawyers to strive for more.
Jeremy Richter in this book discusses why Lawyers cannot afford to be disorganized with the management of their firms, and he also shares how Lawyers should alter their daily decision making process with a more proactive mentality in order to succeed in the Legal world.
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3. 50 lessons for Lawyers: Earn more, stress less, be awesome
An explosive book by Nora Riva Bergman who is a business coach for Lawyers. In this book, she shares series of lessons on the subject of productivity, marketing and leadership in a Law firm.
With the knowledge you will acquire from this book, you will easily grasp ideas that will transform your firm for the better and will also improve your personal life.
4. Legal upheaval
Michele De Stefano, a Professor in Law takes all lawyers through an important journey of Innovation, Creativity and Collaboration in this book.
Reading this book will implant the DNA of innovation in you and it will help you acquire the mindset and service skills which delights clients. Furthermore, this book will teach you what you must do to stay ahead of today’s constantly evolving Legal world.
5. The introverted Lawyer (a seven step journey towards authentically empowered advocacy)
From her wealth of experience as a Legal writing Coach, Heidi Brown an associate professor in Law decided to write this book having noticed that the best writers, most thoughtful problem solvers and the deepest thinkers in her class were often the Law students who were hesitant to speak in class.
In this book she shares knowledge on how to thrive in a seemingly extroverted legal profession and seven top notch steps to help the introverted, shy and socially anxious individuals amplify their authentic lawyer voices.
This book will be of good help to all Lawyers who are introverts.
6. From Rookie to Rainmaker
Joryn Jenkins shares knowledge on the right path young lawyers should follow in building their firms and marketing in legal practice that will help every Lawyer attract clients.
This book will imbibe in you the confidence of selling yourself in the competitive Legal world.
7. The rainmaking mindset for attorneys (attracting clients, winning business and increasing profit)
Liz Wendling a business Consultant who has worked closely with top Law firms and has witnessed their struggles in converting their marketing leads into closed business and new clients; wrote this book to teach Lawyers strategies and ideas that will help them succeed in today’s Competitive Legal world.
8. How to win friends and influence people
A classic book written by Dale Carnegie which hinges on the ability to express ideas, assume leadership, communicate with people and arouse enthusiasm amongst people.
As a Lawyer this is a needed skill especially when you want to start up a Law firm or already have one you are managing. Therefore, reading this book will give you this needed skill.
10. Winning Arguments
As a Lawyer, argument is our daily bread because it’s impossible to do without arguments. Even if you are not appearing in Court, you are still required to draft brief or written address which involves Argument. Therefore this book by Jay Heinrich’s will be a good read as it will give you advice on how to structure your ideas, use clever rhetorical techniques and make a boring argument compelling and interesting to read.
10. The End of Lawyers
The author Richard Susskind provides an insightful analysis of the way in which emerging technologies is transforming the landscape of the Legal profession.
As the world is becoming more connected, information shared more easily, there is increasingly more pressure to reassess the way Legal services are provided and to make them more efficient and less costly.
The author argues that the current market can no longer bear the weight of expensive Lawyers billing for tasks that a paralegal can and should perform at much lower rates and this will lead to the obsolescence of traditional Lawyer who fulfills these roles today.
Furthermore, the author provides a variety of tools and tips to assist Lawyers in planning for the Future.
11. Jeremy Hutchinson’s case histories
Jeremy Hutchinson was a very good Lawyer and the most formidable Advocate of the 1960’s and 70’s where his brilliant and stylish advocacy made him achieve success in cases that looked unwinnable.
This book reviews and discusses his most interesting cases.
12. Everyday Public relations for Lawyers
A lawyer simply cannot do without Public relations. Therefore, as a Lawyer it’s important to develop your public relations skills by working on yourself and reading books. Everyday Public relations for Lawyers is one of those books you need to read as it discusses the practical public relations strategies, models and success tips that will enhance your professional image and improve your communications.
The fact that this book is written by Gina Furia Rubel a Communication expert, Lawyer, author and publicist who knows her onion well in the area of Public relations and communication adds icing to the wonderful contents of this book.
13. Bleak house
It is regarded as one of the greatest novel of Charles Dickson. It’s compelling, educative and entertaining nature makes it a top pick amongst fictional Law books.
The novel revolves around the theme of loss, Law, Social Class, Secrecy, inheritance and the effect the process of Law has on clients and their businesses.
14. To kill a Mockingbird
This novel is written in Tactile brilliance and it centers on racism in the 1930’s society in the United States of America.
Atticus Finch the prominent character in this Novel is a Lawyer tasked with defending a man shunned by everyone else. Finch represents the Legal ideals of Justice and equality, and serves as a source of inspiration for Lawyers in the Contemporary society.
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15. Wrong Neck in the Noose
This is the last and one of the most important on my list. It’s the best Legal fiction I have read as the captivating writing filled with suspense will take you into the murky Waters of Politics, Corruption and Justice.
It’s little surprise that this book is a masterpiece considering the fact that it is written by G.C Nnamani, an amazing author, Judge, and the Current President Enugu State Customary Court of Appeal. You know what happens when a person highly skilled in Legal writing and Fictional writing comes to give a piece addressing the three major issues in Nigeria (Politics, Corruption and Justice), you will expect an explosive piece of writing and that’s what you will get in this book.
So far, i have highlighted and discussed some of the best books every Lawyer and Law student must read. Hope this article was helpful? If you was, kindly drop a comment at the comment section. You can even make recommendations of the best books for lawyers and law students if you have any.
Edeh Samuel Chukwuemeka ChMC, is a Law Student and a Certified Mediator/Conciliator in Nigeria. He is also a Developer with knowledge in HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and React Native. Samuel is bent on changing the legal profession by building Web and Mobile Apps that will make legal research a lot easier.