20 Must-Read Books for Law Students in India: Lets Add More Books and Reviews

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By Tanuj Kalia

Lawyers read a lot, perhaps, more than any other professional. Here are the must-read books for a law student in India (and I have shamelessly included my book ‘Law as a Career’ here).

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20 Books every law student must read

1. Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography by Fali S Nariman

2. Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future by Richard Susskind

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4. Nani Palkhivala: The Courtroom Genius by Soli J Sorabjee and Arvind P Datar

5. Learning the Law by Glanville Williams 

6. Landmark Judgments that Changed India by Ashok K. Ganguly

7. Court and Their Judgments by Arun Shourie 

8. Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas J. McBride

9. Roses in December: An Auto-Biography by MC Chagla

10. Law As A Career by Tanuj Kalia

11. Legal Eagles: Stories of the Top Seven Indian Lawyers by Indu Bhan

12. 10 Judgements That Changed India by Zia Mody

13. We, the People by Nani A. Palkhivala

14. We, the Nation: the Lost Decades by Nani A. Palkhivala

15. One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School by Scott Turow

16. Bleak House by Charles Dickens

17. The Trial by Franz Kafka

18. The Firm by John Grisham

19. The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of A Nation by Granville Austin

20. Working in a Democratic Constitution: A History of the Indian Experience by Granville Austin

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  1. A book on practical guide to drafting of commercial contracts by Bhumesh Verma. This book helped me immensely to improve my drafting and writing skills.

  2. I am a single parent with two kids I just thought of this ,I won’t to try rather then doing nothing. I’m not with a lot of money, an I’m not with funds but I’m very interest in this an I would like to have a chance

  3. I just read this novel called ’28 Missed Calls’ recently written by Avishek Pradhan which is supposedly the first Indian Novel based in a law school. Being a law graduate himself, Avishek is able to withdraw experiences from his memories and the readers are very aptly able to easily succumb to it. I would suggest any law student or anyone, as a matter of fact, to give a read to this rare gem.

  4. I think we have Many books in court room to gain knowledge and practices and please also the mentioned author name universal publication.

  5. Really it is very difficult to select one good book.
    This(To kill a Mockingbird) is the best book i have ever read.

  6. Following books should also be added in this list:
    My life, law and other things by M C Setalvad
    My own boswell by Hidaytulla J
    And book by K N Katju my experiment with advocacy.

  7. “Three Judges and Their Times” by Narendra P. Chapalgaonkar, Publisher: LexisNexis.

  8. Legal Eagle by indu bhan – Truly the best book to know interesting facts about the top 7 lawyer of country . A book full of motivation and tells how they became what they are today . My favourite part is of Harish salve sir and yes it also has case study of Vodafone case and much more for a law student to know . worth a read

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