19 May 2012

Books I found helpful during the first year of law school (1L)

Last summer and fall, I did a bit of research to try and identify books and study aids that might be helpful during my first year of law school.  There are hundreds of products out there, and some are considerably more useful than others.  I wanted to put together a list of the books I found to be most valuable for any incoming law students (or self-educators interested in reading about law) who might be interested:

(* = essential/most valuable)

General:
Ward Farnsworth, The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit for Thinking About the Law*
Richard M. Fischl and Jeremy Paul, Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams*
Dennis J. Tonsing, 1000 Days to the Bar but the Practice of Law Begins Now*
Steven Emanuel, Steve Emanuel's First Year Questions and Answers
Randy Barnett, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law
LexisNexis Area of Law Outlines (free)
Black's Law Dictionary - iPhone app version


Legal Writing:
Brian Garner, Legal Writing in Plain English*
Ross Guberman, Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Legal Advocates

Civil Procedure:
Joseph Glannon, Civil Procedure: Examples and Explanations*
Richard Freer, Civil Procedure*
Richard Freer, Law School Legends: Civil Procedure (audio)*
Arthur R. Miller, Sum and Substance: Civil Procedure (audio) - out-of-date but still worthwhile

Torts:
William Prosser, Prosser and Keeton on Torts*
Joseph Glannon, Torts: Examples and Explanations
Steven Finz, Sum and Substance: Torts (audio)

Contracts:
Brian A. Blum, Contracts: Examples and Explanations*
Marvin Chirelstein, Contracts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts
David Epstein, Sum and Substance: Contracts (audio)
Randy Barnett, Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts

Criminal Law:
Joshua Dressler, Understanding Criminal Law*
Joshua Dressler, Sum and Substance: Criminal Law (audio)

Property:
John G. Sprankling, Understanding Property Law*
Linda H. Edwards, Estates in Land and Future Interests: A Step-by-Step Guide
Julian C. Juergensmeyer, Sum and Substance: Property (audio)

Constitutional Law:
Erwin Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies*
Mary Cheh, Sum and Substance: Constitutional Law (audio)*