With varied levels of enthusiasm, people have recommended several books to be read the summer before starting law school, while others recommend that I should enjoy the free time to the fullest. I have discussed this dilemma once before in a previous post.
Rather than trying to figure things out on my own, I have sought out some help from current/former law students. Here’s one of the most helpful, well-balanced answers I’ve received.
[W]hat’s on the list? If they are about history or con[stitutional] law, skim them, but don’t expect them to be of any help as far as your grades, the law is a whole new language, there’s nothing else is like it. You just have to learn the language as you go. If they are how to succeed in law school books, read them, but with a grain of salt, in the end you’ll have to figure out what works for you. And do all the pleasure reading you can! you’ll miss it….right now it’s summer but I still have to keep updated on legal periodicals, edit articles for the law review, stay informed on the many matters the firm where I’m a summer associate at handles, and generally keep extremely informed as to world events and economics. Pleasure books always seem to come last on the list.
So I intend to heed this advice. I’ll do some law school prep reading. But I will first try to tackle a big fatty stack of pleasure reading books that have been sitting on the back burner for the last year or so. Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnina, Einstein’s biography, some Shakespeare, the good stuff.
I can’t wait to cuddle up with a good book under the shade on a cool summer evening. Throw in a good bottle of chardonnay to go with it all. It feels so incredibly good to be done with school (for now).