What would it be?
It may surprise you to learn that I was a tremendously geeky prelaw student, and I read more than a handful of the books on this enormous list of suggested books from Harvard Law School. I remember enjoying Lawrence Friedman's History of American Law and not enjoying Karl Llewellyn's Bramble Bush. Others on the list that I remember reading include Anthony Lewis, Gideon's Trumpet; HLA Hart, The Concept of Law; and several of the listed novels (Bleak House, Crime and Punishment, The Forsyte Saga). Plus a number of books not on the list, including the ridiculous One L by Scott Turow.
But one book on Harvard's list stands out above all others in my memory. It is a book about lawyers, legal strategy, and the power of law to change the world. It was recommended to me by a professor at Yale, and if I could choose only one book to recommend to prospective law students, this would be the one: Richard Kluger, Simple Justice.
UPDATE: Larry Ribstein has responded to this post with a flurry of recommendations for entering law students:
Book: R.H. Coase, The Firm, the Market and the Law (it's a bit short on plot and character development, but otherwise a fine choice)
Movie: A Man For All Seasons (excellent ... highly recommended)
Song: I Faught the Law and the Law Won (the version by The Clash)
Larry is good at this. I guess I should have expected that from a guy who has a blog about film.
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