Suggested Reading & Movie List

Admitted first-year law students frequently ask if there is any required or recommended reading prior to the start of the fall semester. While there is no required reading, the following is a selection of recommended books and websites you might find helpful.

1000 Days to the Bar - But the Practice of Law Begins Now: How to achieve your personal best in Law School,
Dennis J. Tonsing
ISBN: 0837737265
Publisher: William S. Hein & Company

Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success
Ruta K. Stropus, Charlotte D. Taylor
ISBN: 0890899452
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press

Law School Survival Manual, from LSAT to Bar Exam
Nancy Rapoport and Jeffrey Van Niel
ISBN: 0735594902
Publisher: Aspen Publishers

Law School without Fear: Strategies for Success
Helene Shapo and Marshall Shapo
ISBN: 1599414198
Publisher: Foundation Press

One L of a Ride: a Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School
Andrew McClurg
ISBN: 0314283056
Publisher: West

Planet Law School II: What You Need to Know (before you go)…but Didn’t Know to Ask
Atticus Falcon,Esq.
ISBN: 1888960507
Publisher: Fine Print Pr Ltd

Succeeding in Law School
Herbert Ramy
ISBN: 1594607400
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press

Fun Summer Movies

There are many great movies about law school and being a lawyer, here are some of our favorites that you may enjoy watching this summer before hitting the books this fall:

  • 12 Angry Men (1957)
  • A Few Good Men (1992)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • Erin Brokovich (2000)
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
  • Legally Blonde (2001)
  • Michael Clayton (2008)
  • My Cousin Vinny (1992)
  • Philadelphia (1993)
  • Presumed Innocent (1990)
  • The Firm (1993)
  • The Paper Chase (1973)
  • The Rainmaker (1997)
  • The Verdict (1982)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)