Suggested Reading For Law School

A frequently asked question is what summer reading will best prepare one for law school. Though Miami Law generally suggests that the best way to prepare for law school is to arrive relaxed, focused and ready for the hard work that accompanies the study of law, there are numerous books offering advice and strategies for navigating law school.

The list below represents some of the suggestions from faculty, administrators, and students for summer reading. 


Countless works of fiction center on the drama of a trial or the intricacies of a legal proceeding. Here are just a few of the classics.

 Bleak House, by Charles Dickens

A Frolic of His Own, by William Gaddis

The Trial, by Franz Kafka

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 


The study of law is tightly woven with an understanding of our government, political process and world affairs. We encourage you to read a good national newspaper, such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post or The Los Angeles Times. A few professors will require a New York Times subscription for their courses. 


Adam's Rib (1949)

12 Angry Men (1957)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

The Paper Chase (1973)

Reversal of Fortune (1990)

A Few Good Men (1992)

The Wire (HBO) - Each season of The Wire focused on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. They are, in chronological order: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media.

Law & Order (NBC)

Damages (FX) - The series revolved around a ruthless lawyer, her protégée, and a large Plaintiff’s class action law firm. The series is known for its depiction of the season-long cases both from the law firm's point of view and from the target's point of view.

Frontline (PBS) 

Where to Buy Books?

The majority of Law Students purchase their textbooks in these locations:
1. University of Miami Bookstore Phone: 305-284-4101
2. Book Horizons, 1110 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables/Phone: 305-665-6161
3. Most of the books mentioned on this web page will be generally available online or in major book stores.
Also see list of bookstores on the student services page.

(Books with * are required by some 1L faculty in the fall semester.) 


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