Here are our recommendations for books about law school (courtesy of They provide sound information on law school and law school applications, and good insights to the process of pursuing a law degree.


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Best Graduate Schools 2018 by US News & World Report

US News hasn’t updated its “Ultimate Guide to Law Schools” since 2010. Which is a real shame because it was a decent guide dedicated to law schools. With law school applications now picking up again, we hope they will revive that guide. In the meantime, we’re recommending this more updated guide even if law school is only one of its focuses.

ABA/LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 2013 Edition

This book is the only official guide to all of the law schools that are accredited by the American Bar Association, or ABA. It is also the only guide that provides current admissions criteria and other pertinent information supplied directly by the schools. (Yes. The 2013 edition is still the most recent one published!)

The Official Guide to Legal Specialties by National Association of Law Placement (NALP)

It is unfortunate that so many law school applicants, and students, unnecessarily limit themselves to considering a mere handful of legal career options. That is why we recommend this book, which presents interviews with over 130 attorneys in 30 different practice areas. Despite the fact it was published in 1999, it is still relevant to law school applicants today. This “real world” perspective on law careers should be invaluable to both law school applicants and students by helping them understand the full array of legal career options open to them.

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

We include this book on our list because it has been so widely read and because so many students are interested in Harvard Law School. In fact, the majority of consultants and applicants we surveyed recommended this book. However, there was also a sizable minority in that group who cautioned that Turow’s book is a bit melodramatic at times.

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