18 Must Reading Books For Law Student | Reading Books List for Lawyer or Advocate

The Reading List (List not exhaustive and not in any particular order of preference)

18 Must Reading Books For Law Student | Reading Books List for Lawyer or Advocate

A.On Landmark Judgements

  1. Zia Mody — 10 Judgements That Changed India
  2. Justice AK Ganguly — Landmark Judgments that Changed India
  3. Chintan Chandrachud — Cases That India Forgot
  4. Prashant Bhushan — The Case that Shook India: The Verdict That Led to the Emergency
  5. Indu Bhan — The Dramatic Decade: Landmark Cases Of Modern India
  6. Tom Denning — Landmarks in the Law
  7. Allan Hutchinson — Is Eating People Wrong? Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the World
  8. Andhyarujina, Tehmtan R -
  9. The Kesavananda Bharati case: the untold story of struggle for supremacy by supreme court and parliament


  1. Justice O Chinnappa Reddy - The Court and the Constitution of India : Summits and Shallows
  2. Justice V R Krishna Iyer - Constitutional Miscellany
  3. Gautam Bhatia — The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine Acts
  4. Arun K Thiruvengadam — The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis (Constitutional Systems of the World)
  5. Arun K Thiruvengadam, Vikram Raghavan & Sunil Khilnani (ed.) — Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia
  6. Granville Austin — Working a Democratic Constitution
  7. Granville Austin — The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation
  8. Madhav Khosla, Pratap Bhanu Mehta & Sujit Choudhry — The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution
  9. Rohit De — A People's Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic
  10. Madhav Khosla — India's Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy
  11. Aakash Singh Rathore — Ambedkar's Preamble: A Secret History of the Constitution of India
  12. Marc Galanter, Competing Equalities: Law and the Backward Classes in India
  13. Desai, Ashok H. - Supreme but not Infallible: Essays in Honour of the Supreme Court of India.
  14. Upendra Baxi - The Supreme Court and Politics
  15. Andhyarujina, Tehmtan R., and William Wade. - Judicial activism and constitutional democracy in India.
  16. Sixteen Stormy Days: The Story of the First Amendment to the Constitution of India by Tripurdaman Singh

C.Public Interest Litigation

  1. Anuj Bhuwania — Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India

D.Free Speech

  1. Gautam Bhatia — Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Free Speech under the Indian Constitution
  2. Abhinav Chandrachud — Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India
  3. Garton Ash, Timothy — Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World
  4. Strossen, Nadine — Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship
  5. Godwin, Mike — Cyber Rights : Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age
  6. Coetzee, J.M. — Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship
  7. Laura Weinrib — The Taming of Free Speech: America's Civil Liberties Compromise


  1. Zuboff, Shoshana — The Age of Surveillance Capitalism:
  2. The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
  3. Bartlett, Jamie — The People Vs Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy

F.Jurisprudence/Legal Philosophy/Social Philosophy

  1. Tom Bingham — The Rule of Law
  2. Aakash Singh, Garima Goswamy — Rethinking Indian Jurisprudence: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law
  3. Atul Setalvad — Introduction to Law
  4. Amartya Sen — The Idea of Justice
  5. Michael Sandel — Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
  6. Abhinav Chandrachud — Due Process of Law
  7. Stephen Breyer — Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View
  8. Stephen Breyer — The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities
  9. Preet Bharara - Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law
  10. Richard Prosner - How Judges Think?
  11. Richard Prosner - Law and Literature

G.Biography/Autobiography — Famous Lawyers & Judges

  1. M.C. Chagla — Roses In December
  2. Fali S. Nariman — Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography
  3. Susan Adelman — Rebel: A Biography of Ram Jethmalani
  4. Indu Bhan — Legal Eagles: Stories of the Top Seven Indian Lawyers.
  5. George H Gadbois - Judges of the Supreme Court of India.
  6. Ruth Bader Ginsburg — My Own Words
  7. Motilal Setalvad — My Life — Law and other things
  8. H. R. Khanna — Neither Roses Nor Thorns
  9. Soli J. Sorabjee, Arvind P. Datar — Nani Palkhivala: The Courtroom Genius
  10. Noah Feldman — Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices
  11. Shanti Bhushan — Courting Destiny: A Memoir
  12. Shweta Bansal — Courting Politics
  13. Louis Nizer — My Life In Court
  14. Leila Seth — On Balance, an Autobiography
  15. Justice M. Hidayatullah — My Own Boswell
  16. Justice Sonia Sotomayor - My Beloved World
  17. Justice Clarence Thomas - My Grandfather's Son
  18. Joan Biskupic - American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
  19. Sandra Day O'Connor – The Majesty Of The Law
  20. Joan Biskupic - The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts
  21. Tom Denning, Baron Denning - Lord Denning, The Discipline of Law


  1. Abhinav Chandrachud — Republic of Religion: The Rise and Fall of Colonial Secularism in India
  2. Ronojoy Sen — Articles of Faith: Religion, Secularism, and the Indian Supreme Court
  3. Gary J. Jacobsohn — The Wheel of Law: India's Secularism in Comparative Constitutional Context

I.Social Issues

  1. Palagummi Sainath — Everybody Loves a Good Drought
  2. K G Kannabiran — The Wages of Impunity: Power, Justice and Human Rights
  3. Marc Galanter, Law and Society in Modern India
  4. James C. Scott — Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
  5. Josy Joseph — A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India
  6. Marc Galanter - Competing Equalities: Law and the Backward Classes in India.

J.Feminism/Women's Rights

  1. Kaviraj Singh — Law and Her: A Handbook on Women Laws In India
  2. Nivedita Menon — Seeing Like a Feminist
  3. Linda Hirshman- Sisters in Law:
  4.  How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
  5. Pratiksha Baxi — Public Secrets of Law: Rape Trials in India
  6. Flavia Agnes, Monmayee Basu, and Sudhir Chandra —Women and Law in India
  7. Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex
  8. Judith Butler — Gender Trouble
  9. Cinzia Arruzza, Nancy Fraser, and Tithi Bhattacharya — Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto

K.Studying Law

  1. Nicholas J. McBride — Letters To A Law Student


  1. Abhinav Chandrachud — Supreme Whispers: Conversations with Judges of the Supreme Court of India 1980–89
  2. Ornit Shani — How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise
  3. Tarangini Sriraman — In Pursuit of Proof: A History of Identification Documents in India
  4. Bipin Chandra — India's Struggle for Independence
  5. Bipin Chandra — India Since Independence
  6. Jawaharlal Nehru — Discovery of India
  7. Jawaharlal Nehru — Glimpses of World History
  8. H M Seervai - Partition of India : Legend and Reality
  9. Ramachandra Guha — India After Gandhi
  10. Amartya Sen — The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity
  11. Romila Thapar — The Past Before Us
  12. Shashi Tharoor- Inglorious Empire
  13. William Dalrymple — The Anarchy
  14. Michael H. Roffer — The Law Book:
  15. From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law
  16. Aruna Roy — The RTI Story: Power to the People
  17. Alexander M. Bickel — The Least Dangerous Branch: The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics
  18. George Harold Gadbois - Supreme Court of India: The Beginnings
  19. Will Durant – The Story Of Philosophy

M..How To Law/Research/Write/Draft/Argue

  1. Justice Antonin Scalia, B. A. Garner — Making Your Case: The Art Of Persuading Judges
  2. Justice Antonin Scalia, B. A. Garner — Reading Law: The Interpretation Of Legal Texts
  3. Philip Meyer — Storytelling For Lawyers
  4. Joel P. Trachtman — The Tools of Argument: How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue, and Win
  5. Guberman, Ross — Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates
  6. Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future by Richard Susskind.

N.Criminal Law

  1. Avirook Sen — Aarushi
  2. Pinky Anand — Trials of Truth: India's Landmark Criminal Cases
  3. Chitranshul Sinha — The Great Repression: The Story of Sedition in India
  4. Erle Stanley Gardner — The Court of Last Resort
  5. Clarence Darrow - Attorney for the Damned


  1. Harper Lee — To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. John Grisham — The Firm
  3. George Orwell — 1984
  4. J. D. Salinger — The Catcher in the Rye
  5. Prayaag Akbar — Leila
  6. Jeremy Blachman - Anonymous Lawyer
  7. Truman Capote - In Cold Blood
  8. Scott Turrow - Personal Injuries
  9. Franz Kafka – The Trial
  10. John Grisham – A Time To Kill
  11. Scott Turrow – Presumed Innocent
  12. Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment

P.Casual Reads

  1. The Secret Barrister — The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken
  2. Ranjeev C Dubey — Legal Confidential: Adventures of an Indian Lawyer
  3. Erle Stanley Gardner — Perry Mason series

Q.Books by Journalists/Non-Legal Professionals

  1. Sunetra Chowdhury — Black Warrant: Confessions of a Tihar Jailer
  2. Sunetra Chodhury — Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India's Most Famous
  3. Arun Shourie — Anita Gets Bail: What Are Our Courts Doing? What Should We Do About Them?
  4. Arun Shourie — Courts and Their Judgments: Premises, Prerequisites, Consequences
  5. Anand Teltumbde and Suraj Yengde - The Radical in Ambedkar: Critical Reflections
  6. Arun Shourie - Falling Over Backwards

R.Other books by Judges, Lawyers & Eminent Juristic Minds

  1. Justice Markandey Katju — Whither Indian Judiciary
  2. Justice Markandey Katju — The Shape of Things to Come: An Impassioned View
  3. Fali S. Nariman — India's Legal System: Can it Be Saved?
  4. Fali S. Nariman — God Save the Hon'ble Supreme Court
  5. Fali S. Nariman — The State of the Nation: In Context of India's Constitution
  6. Nani Palkhivala — We, the Nation: The Lost Decades
  7. Nani Palkhivala — We, the People: India, the Largest Democracy
  8. Abhishek Singhvi — From the Trenches : India's top lawyer on his most important cases
  9. Nani Palkhivala - Our Constitution: Defaced & Defiled



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