It is said that lawyers and books are inseparable entities. While it is a rightful notion considering the omnipotent book rack in any lawyer’s chamber, there are quite some good reads which every lawyer and law student must turn the pages of.
Let us pick 5 of them for you.
- The Story of My Life by Clarence Darrow
The author depicts and reflects upon his half a century of practice as a corporate, criminal and labour lawyer. He speaks of the famed (or ill famed) Woodworkers’ Conspiracy Case as well. His views on relevant topics like capital punishment, civil liberties and the judicial system are considered worth a read, and rightfully so!
- Storytelling for lawyers by Philip Meyer
This book revolves around the idea that good lawyers are good storytellers. They narrate a chain of events to the judge and that is good storytelling. The author speaks about how lawyers can transform a chain of events into a convincing story that has an emotional impact.
- Talking of Justice by Leila Seth
Leila Seth retired as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh and in this book, she compiles essays on matters pertaining to but not limited to gender sensitization- rights of women, children and people belonging to sexual minority. She speaks of Indian laws in detail and suggests revisions in many a case.
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Arguably the greatest novel by Dickens, it was published in 20 monthly installments from March 1852 to September 1853. The central case of the novel Jarndyce v Jarndyce has evolved as a name awarded to cases lying on the fringes of absurdity. Serious topics dealt with a tinge of comic make this novel stand out.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A classic and an adolescent favorite, this book went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy-award winning film. While lawyers are mostly portrayed as manipulative, cunning and what not (clichéd much!), Atticus Finch (the protagonist) is a man of integrity. The book deals with sensitive issues of rape and racism and reminds us that integrity is not an option but an obligation in this profession.
Time to snuggle up with a cuppa and some courtroom drama!