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 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 Lou Natali

    • The Ox Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark & Wallace Stegner
    • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • 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 Jonathan Lipson

    • The Checklist Manifesto or Better by Atul Gawande
    • The Signal and the Noise by Nate silver
    • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
    • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Professor Robert Reinstein

    • Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen
  • Provost and Professor of Law JoAnne A. Epps

    • Billy by Albert French
    • The Politics of Law by David Kairys (Professor of Law at Temple Law School)
  • 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
  • Dean Gregory Mandel

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