Thursday, June 14, 2018

The books that made you want to go to law school

Over at ATL, contributor Jill Switzer (who's email address is has a column in which she reminisces about the books that inspired her to go to law school. Among them, My Life in Court by Louis Nizer, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Compulsion by Meyer Levin (a novel about the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder case), and Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver. Ms. Switzer also mentions a couple of classic TV series that influenced her decision to attend law school including Perry Mason and The Defenders starring E.G. Marshall (a 60's show I confess I hadn't heard of before).  As for me, I remember reading about the time I was applying to law school How Can You Defend Those People: The Making of a Criminal Lawyer by James Kunen, Reversal of Fortune by Alan Dershowitz (where and when did that guy go wrong?) and a pair of books by former Cravath associate and Wall Street Journal Reporter James B. Stewart, the Prosecutors: Inside the Offices of the Government's Most Powerful Lawyers and The Partners: Inside America's Most Powerful Law Firms

Check out Ms. Switzer's full column here and then please add your own book recommendations in the comments below.


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