Best Law Books for Non-lawyers


 Studying law must be fascinating, but there is always a desire to take a break from the monotony of reading plain acts, case studies, orders, judgments, petitions, and other legal documents. Books are one of the few things on the planet that incomparably teach us so much and provide incredibly wonderful experiences.

Top Non-Legal Books for non-Lawyers

  1. About Law

The most fundamental introduction to law that you can obtain is probably About Law. Tony Honoré is a well-known legal expert who has managed to compress his knowledge into a straightforward and engaging introduction to the law. He covers a wide range of issues, including the purpose of law, how it works (in simple terms), and a rudimentary overview of the English legal system. This book should be your top priority, and you should read it even if you don’t read anything else on the list. It begins with the fundamentals and is a short book, but you will know far more than you did when you began.

  1. Law School Confidential by Robert H. Miller

Law School Confidential is the most thorough book on the law school experience ever written. The book begins with advice for those considering law school and concludes with a review of the bar exam. Law School Confidential is a first-hand account of law school, and it’s the kind of book you’ll turn to again and again as you progress over the next three years.

  1. QB VII by Leon Uris

QB VII was published in 1982 and is loosely based on a libel case made against Leon Uris by a Polish doctor who worked at Auschwitz. The hypothetical libel suit brought by surgeon Sir Adam Kelno against novelist Abraham Cady after Abraham produced a book accusing Adam of doing thousands of procedures on concentration camp inmates is explored in this courtroom play. The storey takes an unexpected and unpleasant turn, leaving you hoping that your fellow mates must have also read it so you can discuss it.

  1. Landmarks in the Law – Lord DenninLord

Denning’s Landmarks in the Law is a fascinating account of some of the most significant legal events in English history. It is immensely valuable both legally and historically. Another reason to recommend this book is the author’s expertise and reputation. Lord Denning was perhaps one of the most powerful judges of all time. His main goal was to make the law understandable to ordinary people, and he succeeded admirably. His judgments are unrivalled, but if you can’t get your hands on them, this book is a close second.

  1. The Paper Chase by John Jay Osborn

John Osborn, a real-life Harvard Law School alumnus, authored this legendary law school fiction in 1971. The Paper Chase follows a fictional legal student at Harvard Law School who is forced to deal with Charles Kingsfield, a towering professor, and his equally demanding but alluring daughter. James Bridges directed the film adaptation of the book. However, you should be aware that the film contains sequences of Professor Kingsfield using the Socratic method, which may make you reconsider your decision to enter law school.

  1. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

The real-life legal details abound in this storey about a former district attorney in Michigan who takes on a difficult-to-read client accused of murder. This isn’t surprising given that the book was written by John D. Voelker, a former Michigan Supreme Court Justice (Robert Traver was a pen name).

  1. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

This book explains how to succeed when you don’t have a lot of money. The story revolves around a man named Billy, who is the Oakland Athletics’ General Manager. If you are a baseball fan, it will pique your curiosity, Michael’s wit and incredible ability to exaggerate things will help you get to the conclusion of the book.

Best Law Books to Read


  1. Is International Law International?

This book takes the reader on a tour of international law, revealing some of the patterns of difference, domination, and disruption that undermine international law’s universality claim. Anthea Roberts reveals how international attorneys in different governments, regions, and geopolitical groups are typically susceptible to diverse incoming influences and outgoing spheres of influence, reflecting and reinforcing disparities in how they perceive and apply international law.

  1. Attribution in International Law and Arbitration

Attribution in International Law and Arbitration defines and critiques international standards of attribution of conduct, with a focus on how they apply to nations under international investment law. It investigates how and to what degree violations of State duties can be attributed, particularly in relation to States’ promises to foreign investors under international investment agreements (IIAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs).

  1. International Law and the Use of Force

This book delves into the vast and contentious topic of force in international law. It looks at state use of force as well as the UN’s role in peacekeeping and enforcement, as well as the growing role of regional organisations in maintaining international peace and security.

  1. International Human Rights Law Documents

This easily available collection of key international human rights papers is a valuable resource for international human rights law students and researchers. The volume includes topics and documents such as all core UN human rights treaties and their protocols, key international labour instruments, and the obligations of global financial organisations and multinational corporations, in addition to standard instruments such as the Universal Declaration, the United Nations Covenants of 1966, and the European Convention and its Protocols.