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Suggested Reading List (Future 1Ls)

Law school faculty's suggestions of enjoyable summer reading about law-related topics. (Updated 10/1/2020)

Message from Sarah McFarlane Polly, Associate Dean for Student Services at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Many of our incoming first-year students have requested suggestions for summer reading that would help prepare them for law school this fall. It is that very enthusiasm and interest in the law that makes the first year of law school so exciting, and we look forward to sharing that enthusiasm with you. We have listed below a collection of novels, biographies, commentaries, and books on jurisprudence and legal history that our faculty have indicated may be of interest to you as you begin to think about the study of law. However, we would caution that the selections are not required reading. We offer them merely as suggestions of enjoyable summer reading about law-related topics. More importantly, we hope that you will take the opportunity to enjoy yourself this summer so that you come to law school relaxed, rested, and focused. Happy reading!

Message from the librarians

If you haven’t started classes yet, you may borrow books from the CWRU libraries through the OhioLink library network. If you do not have access to an OhioLink library, please speak with the reference librarian at your local public library.

The Library is pleased to announce that it has subscribed to LexisNexis Books (Study Aids), West Academic Study Aids, and Wolters Kluwer Study Aids. These online study guides of various types will be available to all CWRU Law students enrolled in the upcoming academic year.

We look forward to meeting you this fall!