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Recommended Reading, Law

Recommended reading for prospective and current law students


The following is a selective reading list of books and resources that offer an introduction to the legal world: the law school experience,  the legal profession, noteworthy legal cases, and the law in general. Many of the books on the list were recommended by UW Law faculty, the University of Washington School of Law Admissions Office, or other staff.

This list is not required reading. We share it with you as it may provide valuable insight into your future profession in the law. Think about your interests in the law, or your questions about the law school experience and consider reading a related book. The books in this list are filled with sound advice, motivation, and a variety of viewpoints on law and the legal profession.

While the list was originally compiled for entering students, you might find some of the works helpful or interesting at different stages of your legal education--from preparing for your first year of school through your years of practice. (Some of the books might even appeal to friends and family outside law!)

Links to Catalog

Links from the book titles lead to catalog records that often give you more information, such as tables of contents or blurbs provided by the publisher, as well as each book's location.

Be aware that books might be available in more editions or formats than the one we link to.

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