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Suggested Reading for Incoming
Law Students

StudentLaw School Study & Writing Skills

Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success,Ruta K. Stropus and Charlotte D. Taylor, Carolina Academic Press, 2001.

The Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School: An Easy to Use, Step-by-Step Program for Achieving Great Grades!, Harcourt Legal & Professional Publications, Inc., 1997.

How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth, 3rd edition, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, Zondervan, 1993.

The Elements of Legal Style, 2nd edition, Bryan A. Garner, Oxford University Press, 2002.

Plain English for Lawyers, 5th edition, Richard C. Wydick, Carolina Academic Press, 1998.

The Elements of Style, 4th edition, Will Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, Longman, 1999.

Fowler's Modern English Usage, 3rd revised edition, R. W. Burchfield, Oxford University Press, 2004.

One-L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School, reprint edition, Scott Turrow, Penguin Books, 2010.

History & Philosophy of Law

Defending the Declaration: How the Bible and Christianity Influenced the Writing of the Declaration of Independence, 1st edition, Gary T. Amos, Wolgemuth & Hyatt Publishing, 1989.

The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, Signet Classics, 2003.

Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September 1787, 1st edition, Catherine Drinker Bowen, Back Bay Books, 1986.

Debate of the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles & Letters During the Struggle Over Ratification, Part Two: January to August 1788, Edited by Bernard Bailyn, Library of America, 1993.

No Liberty for License: The Forgotten Logic of the First Amendment, first edition, David Lowenthal,
Spence Publishing Company, 1997.

50 Questions on the Natural Law: What It Is and Why We Need It, Charles E. Rice, Ignatius Press, 1999. 

The Lion and the Throne: The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke, first edition, Catherine D. Bowen, Little Brown & Co., 1990.

The Tradition of Natural Law: A Philosopher's ReflectionsYves Rene Simon and Vukan Kuic, Fordham University Press, 1999.

Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law & Education, Phillip E. Johnson, InterVarsity Press, 1998.

The Rise of Modern Judicial Review: From Judicial Interpretation to Judge-Made Law, revised edition, Christopher Wolfe, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1994.

Profession of Law, Ethics, Crime & Justice

A Nation Under Lawyers: How the Crisis in the Legal Profession Is Transforming American Society, 1st edition, Mary Ann Glendon, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994.

Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault of Truth in American Law, Daniel Farber and Susanna Sherry, Oxford University Press, 1997.

The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America, Philip K. Howard, Grand Central Publishing, 1996.

Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, Robert P. George, Oxford University Press, 1995.

The Interaction of Law and Religion, Harold J. Berman, Abingdon Press, 1974.

Crime and Its Victims: What We Can Do, Daniel W. Van Ness, InterVarsity Press, 1986.

Justice that Restores, Charles W. Colson, Tyndale House Publishers, 2001.

Restoring Justice, Dan Van Ness and Karen Heetderks Strong, 2nd edition, Anderson Publishing Co., 2001.

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, 3rd edition, Ken C. Sande, Baker Books, 2000.

In Search of Atticus Finch: A Motivational Book for Lawyers, Mike Papantonio, Seville Publishing, 1998. 

Christian Principles

Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession, Michael P. Schutt, InterVarsity Press, 2007.
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Burden of Truth: Defending the Truth in an Age of Unbelief, Charles W. Colson and Anne Morse, Tyndale House Publishers, 1998.

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life, Os Guinness, Thomas Nelson Publishing, 2003.

Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis, Harper San Francisco, 2009.

The Other Six Days: Vocations, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective, R. Paul Stevens, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000.

Out of the Saltshaker: Evangelism as a Way of Life, Rebecca Manley Pippert, InterVarsity Press, 1999.

Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, Gene Edward Veith, Jr., Crossway Books, 1994.

The Sensate Culture, Harold O. J. Brown, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2007.

Law in Literature

The Law as Literature, Ephraim London, Simon & Schuster, 1966.

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo.

Nineteen Eighty-four, George Orwell, Signet Classic, 1950.

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, Grand Central Publishing, 1988.

WitnessWhittaker Chambers, Regnery Publishing, 1987.

Films

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jean Arthur, James Stewart, and Claude Rains, Columbia Tristar, 1939.

The Oxbow Incident Anthony Quinn, Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, and Harry Morgan, Twentieth Century Fox, 1942.

Young Mr. Lincoln, Henry Fonda and Lamar Trotti, Twentieth Century Fox, 1939.

Anatomy of a Murder James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazarra, Eve Arden, and George C. Scott, Columbia Tristar, 1959.

Adam's Rib, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1949.

Judgment at Nuremburg, Spencer Tracy and Maximillian Schnell, United Artists, 1961.

Witness for the Prosecution, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton, MGM-Pathe Communications, 1957.

Breaker Morant, Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, and Bryan Brown, South Australian Film Corp., 1979.

Twelve Angry Men, Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, United Artists, 1957.

A Civil Action, John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Stephen Fry, James Gandolfini, Dan Hedaya, Zeljko Ivanek, and John Lithgow, Touchstone Pictures, 1999.