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Here’s Your (Fun) Back-to-School Reading List

Fall is back-to-school time, which is a great opportunity to catch up on your reading.

And Lawyers Mutual is making it easy for you to compile your reading list. Below are some top titles of special interest to lawyers, legal professionals and law students.

You’ll find works of fiction, non-fiction, and even a list of legal thrillers by authors not named John Grisham. 

And here’s a bonus: two true-crime books from our very own Steven Epstein, a litigation partner at Poyner Spruill: Murder on Birchleaf Drive and Evil at Lake Seminole.

So pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, take off your shoes, settle into your comfy chair, and let’s start reading.

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10 Best Books for Law Students and Wannabe Law Students

  1. The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli
  2. One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School, by Scott Turow
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  4. On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
  5. Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
  6. Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States of America, Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments, by the Founding Fathers
  7. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  8. Can You Stiff Your Divorce Lawyer? Tales of How Cunning Clients Can Get Free Legal Work, as Told by an Experienced Divorce Attorney, by Portia Porter
  9. The Concept of the Political, by Carl Schmitt
  10. The Trial, by Franz Kafka

Source: Goodreads


16 Top Legal Non-Fiction Books

  1. A Civil Action, by Jonathan Harr
  2. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irin Carmon
  3. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer
  4. The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, by John Grisham
  5. The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine Acts, by Gautam Bhatia
  6. 10 Judgements That Changed India, by Zia Mody
  7. Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South, by Matthew Van Meter
  8. John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial, by Dan Abrams
  9. The Killer’s Shadow: The FBI's Hunt for a White Supremacist Serial Killer, by John E. Douglas
  10. Liability, by Peter W. Huber
  11. America’s First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights, by Jerry Mikorenda
  12. Dracula was a Lawyer: Hundreds of Fascinating Facts from the World of Law, by Erin Barrett
  13. The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South, by Radley Balko
  14. The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America, by Karen Abbott
  15. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, byCasey Cep
  16. The Litigators, by John Grisham

Source: Goodreads


10 Legal Thrillers by Authors Not Named John Grisham

  1. Every Reasonable Doubt, by Pamela Samuels Young
  2. Miracle Creek, by Angie Kim
  3. Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke
  4. Clean Hands, by Patrick Hoffman
  5. A Nearly Normal Family, by M.T. Edvardsson
  6. Mistaken Identity, by Lisa Scottoline
  7. The Emperor of Ocean Park, by Stephen L. Carter
  8. Blood Defense, by Marcia Clark
  9. An Invisible Client, by Victor Methos
  10. No Further Questions, by Gillian McAllister 

Source: Book Riot


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About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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