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Top 10 Books Lawyers Would Benefit From Reading

Lawyers may read a lot of books: but here are the very best

There are a lot of different directions a lawyer can go, and a lot of material they have to cover. While it is difficult to condense the essentials into 10, we have managed to do it. From how an attorney thinks to tips on persuasion, here is your definitive list on what every lawyer should try and read.

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#1 Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

Anatomy of a Murder by Robert TraverGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This novel about a former district attorney in Michigan who takes on a hard-to-read client accused of murder brims with the real-life legal details. This isn’t surprising when considering the book was written by John D. Voelker, a former Justice of the Michigan Supreme (Robert Traver was a pen name). Anatomy of a Murder was later made into a film starring Jimmy Stewart. It is is not only the most popular courtroom drama in American fiction, but also a must-read for modern day attorneys.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#2 My life in Court by Louis Nizer

My life in Court by Louis NizerGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This book has been on the Times’s best-seller list and praised as entertaining and philosophically instructive.

He does a great job of explaining how the mind of an attorney works in an effort to represent his/her clients to the best of their abilities. It contains a lot of detail about American judicial system along with 6 cases which are not criminal in nature.

The best part is that he discusses the essential facts, laws applied, preparation to the minutest details along with excerpts from the original testimony.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#3 MacCarthy on Cross Examination

MacCarthy on Cross ExaminationGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Every litigator thinks that they are great on cross. Very few actually are. If you implement the strategies in this book you will take your game to the next level. It is an absolute must read for criminal defense attorneys, family law attorneys and any other attorneys that regularly conduct evidentiary hearings.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#4 Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You’ve Always Wanted

Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You've Always WantedGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Lawyers commit to the fair administration of justice and to facilitating true access to justice. There are certain universal laws and truths that tap into the deepest core of who we really are and the deep thread of human nature as it pertains to judgement, our ecology the true inherent drive that keeps our balance of intuition, instinct and gut-level operation, choices and outcomes. Television’s favorite Judge Judy Sheindlin is outlined in this exploration of judgement and human nature as it raises the bar from what drives us at our deepest level, our subconscious power.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#5 Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of LifeGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This book should be read by all lawyers because it teaches how to communicate in an empathetic and effective manner. Empathy is one of the most important characteristics that a lawyer can have because at the end of the day they are advocates for their clients.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#6 The Total Money Makeover

The Total Money MakeoverGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

There are three reasons a lawyer needs to read this book.

First – we lawyers tend to earn a high salary, but we are equally good at thoughtlessly spending the money and going into debt, which creates chaos in our lives. Practicing law stressful enough without financial chaos.

Second – there are no law school class on how to run a law practice, and we lawyers tend to make stupid financial decisions in business. My stupid decisions included the liberal use of credit lines and leasing equipment (another form of debt), which stressed my bottom line and sucked the life out of my firm profits.

Third – this is the single most useful book in counseling divorce and business clients. With the number one cause of divorce being financial, and with business clients having difficulty with partners over financial management, this book will teach lawyers how to counsel clients.

The Total Money Makeover contains a wealth of knowledge, it is easy to digest, and I daily use the techniques I have learned from it. In fact, many of my clients walk out of my office with a copy of this book.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#7 Don’t Eat the Bruises How to Foil Their Plans to Spoil Your Case

Don’t Eat the Bruises How to Foil Their Plans to Spoil Your CaseGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

As a trial attorney, there are a number of books that are helpful in helping the attorney understand how humans work generally, and how opposing counsel strategizes when opposing your position. However, there are two that I have found very helpful that are worth mentioning. The first, “Don’t eat the bruises,” explains how to direct focus towards, and not away from, the bruises (opposing counsel’s strongest arguments) when speaking with a jury and presenting your case. This approach helps to gain the trust of jurors who are distrustful of attorneys in general by showing them that you are not hiding the ball and that you understand the bruises of your case.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#8 7 Secrets of Persuasion: Leading-Edge Neuromarketing Techniques to Influence Anyone

7 Secrets of Persuasion: Leading-Edge Neuromarketing Techniques to Influence AnyoneGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The second book that trial attorneys and attorneys in general would find helpful is, “7 Secrets of Persuasion,” a book about neuromarketing techniques to influence anyone. This book is great for understanding the complexities of the human mind, and what influences our thoughts and our actions. Very helpful for an attorney who is in the business of persuasion.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#9 To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper LeeGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

No list of books for lawyers would be complete without this beloved American timeless classic. Set against the backdrop of racial prejudice and civil rights in 1930’s southern America Lee’s Pulitzer-price winning novel explores the important themes of moral education, the coexistence of good and evil, the existence of social inequality, and prejudice. These are all important themes which lawyers have to grapple with on a day-to-day basis which makes this text a must read for lawyers. This book taught me the importance of standing up what is just and right regardless of whatever the popular opinion maybe.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#10 How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday

How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, EverydayGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The book is written by the lawyer himself. He is a legendary US lawyer who has never lost a criminal trial by jury and civil case in decades.

The best part of the book is you can learn about empathy, comprehending the perspective of any person in front of you along with the basics of how to shape your communication like a master for maximum effectiveness.

He talks about subjects like power of credibility, how to listen, understanding prejudice, how to argue in love and relationships. It has a lot of amazing courtroom stories that lawyers will be excited to read.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Contributors to this article
Ian Pisarcik from Enjuris

Chhavi Agarwal from Mrs Daaku Studio

Michael Dye from Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney

Kimberly Friedmutter from KimberlyFriedmutter

Steven I. Azizi from Miracle Mile Law Group

Kathleen Wobber from Parler & Wobber

Steven Soliman from The Soliman Firm

Patricia Russell from FinanceMarvel

Aaina Bajaj from Advocate in Chandigarh

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