The Guardian's Six top Law Books for Law Students

Studying for an LLB or law degree requires great commitment and focus. The Guardian’s Law section asked its readers which books future law students should be reading to prepare themselves for this journey.

 

Learning the Law (2020) by Glanville Williams often appears on many law reading lists. It features both on the Cambridge University’s Law Reading List and Oxford’s Law Reading List, as decided by the university’s professors of law. The author, Williams, covers the essential skills required to master, if students want to succeed in both in their legal studies and in their future careers in law. Having a book about general terms can come in handy through the entirety of your law studies. Additionally, it is also beneficial for those not on a traditional path of law education and is a great way to further your legal knowledge.

 

The complexities of our legal system can, on one hand, swiftly deliver fair and reasonable justice, yet on the other, let down so many. Helena Kennedy’s Eve Was Framed is an exemplary book that offers an impassioned and personal critique of the British Legal System. It explores the system that has repeatedly failed woman as lawyers, victims and defendants. However, Kennedy speak of the optimism that subsists in the system for woman in the legal profession.

 

Covering a broad range of legal issues and topics will aid law students in grasping a greater understanding of the functions and principles of our legal system. These reading recommendations provides law students the opportunities to further immerse themselves in the world of law, as recommended by their peers.

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