To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ should be at the top of every young aspiring lawyer’s reading list. It is a beautifully profound tale of civil rights, told through the naive eyes of a child. Children often see the world in black and white as they do not understand societal complexities, and have not yet been indoctrinated into whatever hate lies in the heart of the adults. It is a short read, and very worth the time.
The Trial – Franz Kafka
Kafka is the brilliant mind behind ‘Metamorphosis’, and ‘The Trial’ does not fail to hold up. It is a typically Kafkaesque story of a man stuck in an unfathomable and complex legal system. This book would give any law student an insight into what it feels like to navigate the legal system as someone who has not studied law, and so they can better empathise with and understand their clients.
Confessions of a Sociopath – M.E. Thomas
Speaking of empathy, M.E. Thomas’ bestseller is a fun book for any aspiring lawyer. M.E. Thomas is a diagnosed sociopath and talks about how her disorder allows her to excel in her career as a lawyer. She reveals secret tips of what makes a good lawyer, and how normal people can learn a thing or two from sociopaths about being successful lawyers.
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken – The Secret Barrister
This book is so scandalous that the writer wishes to remain anonymous, and writes under the pseudonym of ‘The Secret Barrister’. This barrister looks at what some lawyers are prepared to do to win their cases. It looks at how not all trials are fair trials, and makes you rethink the justice system. ‘Eye-opening, funny and horrifying’ – Observer
Under The Wig – William Clegg
‘Under The Wig’ is less about the scandal, and more about a personal perspective of what it takes to be a lawyer. Clegg discuses what it is like to represent someone accused of a horrific murder, or to represent someone that you do not believe is 100% innocent. This charming book teaches you things you would never learn in the classroom, and are of paramount importance to be aware of when entering the world of law.