Top seven books to read as an Indian Law Student

Numbers will never be enough to say how many books one should read. But it does provide a base for you to begin with. If you have not started reading any book other than your law subject books, maybe with the help of these books, you can begin your quest for knowledge.

Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography by Fali S. Nariman

Fali Nariman has been regarded as a well-known name in the faculty of law. He has been involved in a lot of high profile cases. In this book, “Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography”, the author, Nariman himself, talks about his experiences of life as a lawyer. He talks about the cases he was involved in and the ways he had to overcome the difficulties during his time. It is a wonderful book that not just talks about life lessons but also gives insight upon different legal as well as the political aspects of a courtroom.

The best part of the book is him, dealing with the high profile cases and his tips on restoring faith in the judicial system.

Tomorrow’s Lawyers: an Introduction to your Future by Richard Suskind

This book actually talks about the future of law and its field. It talks about the irrevocable changes that the field of law brings in. It talks about how the future of law will not be what has been mentioned in many fictional tales, but that it will turn into a virtual court as well as an internet-based global legal business (as we can observe during the pandemic). 

It talks about how the legal markets will be liberalised, with new kinds of jobs for the lawyers and the new kinds of employers too. This is a must-read book for all those who wish to know about the future prospects of the legal fraternity and wish to work upon it.  


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is a novel that is based upon the early 1900s. This novel talks about racism and its tragedy during that time. It is a story that is a mixture of humour and sorrow, if once read, leaves a deep impact on the life of the reader. It shows the history of prejudice and how young children have fallen prey to this evil called “racism”. This story has talked about a very harsh reality that even today’s world feels. It has a very genuine storyline that can bring tears in the eyes of the reader, through happiness or sadness. 

This book has never failed to touch a heart and its legacy still goes on.

Nani Palkhivala: the Courtroom Genius by Soli J Sorabjee and Arvind P. Datar

If there was ever a colossus that lived in India in the field of law, it was Nani Palkhivala. He had a brilliant academic career and an even better courtroom career. It reflects on how he had been famous for his power of persuasion and high level of concentration that he would not even have to refer to his briefs more than once. If one is interested in learning his tricks of the trade on how he has been doing so well infield, the author has listed it down for all. It provides a rare insight into his life as an advocate not just in the courtroom, but outside the courtroom too as it states his working styles and his methods of dealing with each case. 

This is a book that not a single person from the legal fraternity can miss reading upon. 

Legal Eagles: Stories of the Top Seven Indian Lawyers by Indu Bhan

This book revolves around the fact that there have been only a few lawyers that have stood apart from the rest of the world and their methods of arguing were a class apart. This has led to many landmark decisions in the court of law and how the Indian Judiciary has carved its way into the to gain worldwide fame through its remarkable and landmark cases, and the hard work of such lawyers rarely comes into the eyes of the public. Here in this book, the author talks about seven such lawyers who have paved their way into success through their outstanding achievements and hard work along with persistence. The seven lawyers who have found a place in this book are not just well known, but also amongst the best lawyers in the country. We catch a glimpse of not just their professional career but also their personal lives. 

Ten Judgements that changed India by Zia Mody

This book, written by the author, gives insights about ten judgements that have managed to change not only the structure of the Indian Judiciary but also the Indian system as a whole. These judgements which were passed by the Supreme Court of India were proven to be one of the most influential judgements of all times that includes not just the Indian legal system but also the lives of the common man. 

The Firm by John Grisham 

This book written by John Grisham is a legal thriller that follows the story of a successful lawyer who was raised in a very rural area and works hard to pave his way from menial labour work to become a lawyer. This book shows many twists and keeps the reader occupied with the thrill of the protagonist’s journey of how he chooses a dangerous path and manages to keep his secrets, knowing that the moment he is caught, the family could kill him. For any law enthusiast who is interested in a fictional tale of thriller, this is a well-recommended book that always keeps you eager to know about the whereabouts of the protagonist. 

If you wish to go into detail of each book review, I would recommend reading this post of mine which got published on iPleaders!


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