10 Must-Read Books for a Law Student this National Authors’ Day

By | November 1, 2019
National Authors’ Day

National Authors’ Day is celebrated annually on 1st November. Various authors and their books are celebrated on this day. It is the perfect day to take a break and read. Here is a list of 10 books which a law student should read this National Authors’ Day.[1]

1. To Kill a Mocking Bird – by Harper Lee

A classic of modern American literature, “To Kill a Mocking Bird” is a story about a white lawyer defending a black man. This beautifully written masterpiece manages to be humorous and warm while dealing with serious issues of rape and racial inequality. It definitely should be in the wish-list of every law student.

2. Nani Palkhivala: The Courtroom Genius- by Soli J Sorabjee and Arvind P Datar

The life and works of Nani Palkhivala have interested several law professionals, irrespective of age. “The Courtroom Genius” is the perfect account of his eventful stint in the Indian Legal Arena. It also provides readers with an insight into some of the important landmark cases. The fact that it is written by none other than Soli Sorabjee and Arvind Datar is a cherry on the cake.

3. 10 Judgements that changed India- by Zia Mody

Zia Mody’s “10 Judgements that changed India” analyzes 10 of the most important judgements delivered by the Supreme Court of India which had a significant impact upon the day-to-day lives of the citizens of the country.

4. Before Memory Fades- by Fali Nariman 

“Before Memory Fades” is a candid autobiography of Fali Nariman, a renowned senior advocate and jurist. The book is a first-hand account of his personal as well as professional journey and provides an insight into the making of an eminent legal professional.

5. The Rebel: A Biography of Ram Jethmalani- by Susan Adelman

“Ram Jethmalani” is well known for defending some of the most notorious figures and being involved in several controversies. The book is an insider’s description of the former Attorney General’s life.

6. The Case that Shook India: The Verdict That Led to the Emergency- by Prashant Bhushan

The case of Indira Gandhi v. Raj Narain and its aftermath is a story of how the entire nation shook at the will of a single person. It is a milestone in India’s legal as well as political history. Prashant Bhushan recreates the legal drama surrounding the Emergency of 1975.

7. Courting Destiny: A Memoir- by Shanti Bhushan

Shanti Bhushan has been a witness to the formative years of the Indian Republic. The memoir provides an insight into the seminal cases which laid the foundation of Indian Constitutional History.

8. Whither Indian Judiciary- by Justice Markandey Katju

Justice Katju’s “Whither Indian Judiciary” provides, for the first time, an inside view of the Indian Judiciary. Apart from the detailed descriptions of some of the notable cases disposed of by the author, the book also consists of anecdotes providing an insight into the inside workings of the Indian Judiciary.

9. Supreme Whispers: Conversations with the Judges of the Supreme Court of India- by Abhinav Chandrachud

Relying on the typewritten notes of Gadbois’s interviews with the judges of the Supreme Court of India, Abhinav Chandrachud in his “Supreme Whispers” provides an insight into the politics and legal culture of the Apex Court of the Country. The book covers the events and happenings of one decade (from 1980-1989).

10. Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales- by Randy Singer

“Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales” is a must-read for those who are interested in reading legal thrillers. It is a fictional story about an ex-con turned lawyer who is facing an imminent threat jeopardizing his firm and his loved ones.


[1] The books are not listed in any particular order.


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