When considering a career in law or once enrolled as a law student at university, it is helpful to know what law books are recommended reading. Indeed, there are many books published each year on various aspects and minutia relating to esoteric areas of law as it is practiced in the UK today. Our intention with this article is to provide some ideas for a reading list for those people interested in undertaking a Law Degree.
Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University by Nicholas J McBride
This first book, “Letters from a Law Student”, is intended for a law student but is also recommended for those people considering a future career in law. The book initially takes the reader through the basics of what being a law student will involve. It can help curious readers determine if they really want to become a practicing solicitor or barrister, or indeed if they wish to study law at all.
Having moved through this initial phase, the book moves on to review the specifics of what is involved in the study of law. Issues that receive coverage include how to read cases and understand statutes, how to get the most out of a course of studies, and an early look at how a barrister makes a powerful argument in the courtroom.
What gets less attention but is still covered satisfactorily is how to score highly on the LNAT National Admissions Test for law students. One Amazon.co.uk reviewer did mention that whilst the LNATs have a chapter of their own in this book, a separate title just on this subject alone is recommended. The book is highly rated by many customers at Amazon UK.
(LNAT) Mastering the National Admissions Test for Law by Mark Shepherd
As stated in the inside flap of this book, the study of law is more popular than ever and universities are struggling to pick students from a growing pool of suitable applicants. To help better assess an applicant’s abilities, a national admissions test was devised that most major universities have now adopted.
This book by Mark Shepherd has been rated positively by law students who reviewed it at Amazon. Reviewers mentioned that the author did a good job of letting them know what to expect from the examination process and test papers were included in the book to practice with.
A Dictionary of Law (Oxford Paperback Reference) by Elizabeth A. Martin and Jonathan Law
This best selling dictionary is in its 7th edition and is a classic reference book to look up the most common legal terminology in use today. This latest edition, published in 2009, is updated to include new modern terms not in use previously. In addition, recent changes to the law relating to the Companies Act and the Constitutional Reform Act are included in this new text. This reference book is used by law students, but also by practising solicitors as well.
Contract Law (Palgrave Macmillan Law Masters) by Ewan McKendrick
This book is the primary text for the study of contract law, particularly for first and second year law degree students. The 9th edition, published in 2011, updates the book for the latest changes in the relevant laws. Where the book excels is in explaining contract law in an everyday manner that new students can find usable. Concepts that often seem challenging to fully understand in a classroom setting are explained clearly.
This collection of law books are good for getting started as a law student, but also in understanding key legal concepts and the process of law. Hopefully you will find the recommendations helpful.
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