By Charlotte F. Wood
Every law student knows from day one - Law requires a lot of reading, and sometimes it is hard to not get lost in the never-ending university reading lists. However, it is important to reignite your passion and read for leisure in your spare time and vacation breaks. Below are five books suggestions that I have thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope you enjoy them too!
IN YOUR DEFENCE - SARAH LANGFORD
Sarah Langford gives a genuine and personal insight into the criminal justice system. She takes the reader on a journey through 11 cases, demonstrating the brutal, but rewarding nature of the Bar. Langford makes the Bar an accessible career to the ‘normal’ person and dismisses the glamourous misconception of the law, allowing the reader to see the reality of 5am starts and an ever-decreasing amount of legal aid funds available.
THE SECRET BARRISTER: STORIES OF THE LAW AND HOW IT IS BROKEN
If it is an insight into the broken criminal justice system and cohesive arguments of how to fix it that you are looking for, then this is the book for you. The Secret Barrister is an anonymous junior criminal barrister who provides a personal approach to a broken system. With both issues and solutions, this is a fantastic read for law and non-law
students alike – educating UK citizens of the reality of our legal system.
MISJUSTICE: HOW BRITISH LAW IS FAILING WOMEN - HELENA KENNEDY
Helena Kennedy adamantly highlights the issues which 21 st -century women encounter in the law. This book is excellently researched, providing clarity to ongoing hardships that women suffer. Kennedy’s argument for law reform is to the fore as she examines the disparities that hinder a woman from seeking justice.
EAST WEST STREET - PHILIPPE SANDS
Philippe Sands takes the reader on a captivating personal journey. This book deals with aspects of International, Human Rights and Criminal law. Sands provides an insight into how Jewish legal experts helped establish human rights within the Nuremberg Trials – allowing for the conviction of many ‘crimes against humanity’ perpetrated in Nazi Germany.
FIVE IDEAS TO FIGHT FOR: HOW OUR FREEDOM IS UNDER THREAT AND WHY IT MATTERS - ANTHONY LESTER
If you feel like you need to reignite your passion for legal change, this is the book for you. Lester uses five arguments (Human Rights, Equality, Free Speech, Privacy and the Rule of Law) to engage the reader. With thought-provoking case studies and contentious issues, this brilliant book fuels the passion of any law student.