Novels for Law Students

Once you enter into the field of law, reading case laws, statues journals etc becomes a routine which at times can be very exhausting. However, the most recommended way to take a break from this profession is to be in the arms of literature.

There've been many books on legal issues but in my opinion, no one can stand against the following...

Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The book revolves around the psychological anguish and mental predicaments of Rodion Raskolnikov, a poor ex-student in Saint Petersburg who plans an arrangement to murder a corrupt pawnbroker for her cash.

Why should a law enthusiast read this book?

After reading this book you'll automatically raise questions which a lawyer has to answer on a regularly. Crime and punishment may not give you practical knowledge about your daily existence as a lawyer but will arm you with the questions you need to tackle, the moral and ethical problems and dilemmas which every lawyer is bound to face in this profession.

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Presumed Innocent- Scott Turow

Its a story of a prosecutor who is charged with the murder of his colleague, an attractive and intelligent prosecutor, Carolyn Polhemus. It is told in the first person by the accused, Rožat “Rusty” Sabich. A movie adaptation starring Harrison Ford was released in 1990. 

This is a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. The case itself, the legal questions, the prosecution and the verdict, every aspect of this book is rife with suspense and drama.

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Anonymous Lawyer -Jeremy Blachman

It is about how a hiring partner at one of the world's largest law firms. Brilliant yet ruthless, he has little patience for associates who leave the office before midnight or steal candy from the bowl on his secretary's desk. He hates holidays and paralegals. And he's just started a weblog to tell the world about what life is really like at the top of his profession.

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To Kill a Mockingbird -Harper Lee

This is one of the classics in legal literature. A simple, endearing story about a father-daughter relationship, and how the to practise of racism can derail a functioning society.

This book is genuinely a straight-forward story about growing up and living in a little Alabama town during the Great Depression.

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Bleak House – Charles Dickens

Bleak House is considered one of Charles Dickens best works. It was serially published between 1852-53 and in book form in 1853. It is the story of the Jarndyce family who waits in vain to inherit money from an ugly legal dispute within the family. The lawsuit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce is extremely long-running, to the extent that it is said that no man knows all the details of the case. It is a story that is critical of England's Court of Chancery, in which cases dragged on through decades.

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The Trial – Franz Kafka

A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released but must report to Court on a regular basis - An event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life - including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door - becomes increasingly unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral.

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