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Looking for some interesting books to read in preparation for applying to study law at university. I know there's the classics ('Letters to a law student', 'What about law?' etc), but I was wondering if anyone could recommend any thought-provoking books which are related to law but perhaps a little less commonplace on personal statements, or which will lend themselves well to generating slightly less conventional thoughts regarding law/legal concepts? Recommendations regarding other mediums like podcasts/videos would be greatly welcomed too. Thanks in advance
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I'd be open to anything really, although I'm keen to learn more about tort law
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No, there are not really many books in that category. There are plenty of technical texts, but you ain't gonna understand them.
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Well if you’re looking more for stories that involve the law I can suggest Silent Shock (all about the thalidomide law cases in australia!)
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I thoroughly enjoyed both:

-Sarah Langford's "In Your Defence"

-Secret Barrister's "Stories of the Law and How It's Broken"
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I have just read the "in your defence" which was interesting in terms of describing the sad personal side of many legal cases.

I have got "the Rule of law" as well which is suggested for first years to read.

I also listen to the BBC podcast - law in Action (and marcus cleaver does one podcast a week on current supreme court decisions)
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Yeah, the books are far less ambitious than the articles the authors write. I think the only exceptions to this are some equity ones (Virgo thinks X) and the Westlaw Books practitioner texts which aim to settle debates.

But the practitioner texts are almost written as a primary source of law -- often authored by judges, so makes sense -- so there is huge deference to the cases and you sometimes find speculation/originality lacking. Plus the authors are established and less iconoclastic than we might like.
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Anyway will defer. ****ing hate tort. Trying to refresh my knowledge and do some revision now, and can truly say I would be chuffed to bits if I never had to do any more of the boring ****.
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Aside from actual books, you can read verdicts for various cases. If you just google a barrister's chambers and go on a random barrister, you can usually find some of the cases they have been involved in and the details of the case, which are often very interesting.

I'm currently considering criminal law so both of those books are probably more applicable to criminal/family (in Langford's case) law. However, I have been reading into clinical negligence which has been insightful - hopefully will enjoy that module.

I've been reading Bingham's "Rule of Law" too - it's fascinating.

Will need to listen to the BBC podcast - thank you for the recommendation
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