Suggested Reading

We asked several professors for suggestions of what they think you might want to read before you start law school. Although they suggest that you should generally take it easy this summer, they did provide us with some recommendations. As you can see, the list contains both fiction and non-fiction and covers a variety of issues. Enjoy!

Faculty Recommendations

  • Professor Olufunmilayo Arewa

    • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
    • Dissolution: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery by C. J. Sansom
  • Provost and Professor of Law JoAnne A. Epps

    • Billy by Albert French
    • The Politics of Law by David Kairys (Emeritus Professor of Law at Temple Law School)
  • Professor Marian Braccia

    • Start With Why by Simon Sinek
    • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington
    • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Professor Scott Burris

    • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
    • Information Feudalism by Peter Drahoe and John Braithwaite
  • Professor Susan DeJarnatt

    • My Beloved World by Justice Sonya Sotomayo
    • Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side by Eve Ewing
    • Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer by Margaret Klaw
  • Professor Rick Greenstein

    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • Yankee from Olympus by Catherine Drinker Bowen
    • Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Genna Rae McNeil & A. Leon Higginbotham
  • Professor Jennifer J. Lee

    • Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell
    • Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López
  • Professor Jonathan Lipson

    • The Checklist Manifesto or Better by Atul Gawande
    • The Signal and the Noise by Nate silver
    • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
    • These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
    • The Economists’ Hour  by Binyamin Appelbaum
  • Dean Gregory Mandel

    • A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
    • One L by Scott Turow
    • Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Professor James Shellenberger

    • Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success by Ruta K. Stroupus & Charlotte D. Taylor
    • Foundations of the Law, An Interdisciplinary and Jurisprudential Primer by Bailey Kuklin & Jeffrey Stempel
    • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon
  • Professor Rashanda Sibley

    • Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates by Ross Guberman
    • Minding the Law by Anthony G. Amsterdam and Jerome Bruner
    • Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy: A Polemic Against the System (Critical America) by Duncan Kennedy
    • Plain English for Lawyers by Richard C. Wydick
    • Legal Writing in Plain English by Bryan A. Garner
    • Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado
    • Concept of the Law by H.L.A. Hart
    • The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes
    • How Judges Think by Richard Posner
    • Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School by Barry Friedman & John C.P. Goldberg
  • Professor Amy Sinden

    • Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against Dupont by Robert Billott
    • Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility by Dorceta Taylor
    • Taking Back Eden: Eight Environmental Cases that Changed the World by Oliver Houck
    • Environmental Law Stories by Richard Lazarus & Oliver Houck
  • Professor Bonny Tavares

    • Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Genna Rae McNeil & A. Leon Higginbotham
    • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King

Emeritus Faculty Recommendations

  • Professor Emeritus Lou Natali

    • The Ox Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark & Wallace Stegner
    • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • Professor Emeritus Robert Reinstein

    • Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen
  • Professor Emeritus Jan Ting

    • My Beloved World by Justice Sonya Sotomayor
    • Philadelphia Freedom by David Kairys (Professor at Temple Law School)
    • No Ordinary Time by Doris Kerns Goodwin

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