NYLS Students Share Their Recommended Summer Reading

Summer is an ideal time for law students to enjoy a few extra volumes that aren’t on their academic syllabi. Whether you’re interested in filling in a knowledge gap or simply getting re-inspired about the legal field, here are the top summer reading recommendations from current NYLS students:

Damages by Barry Werth

Damages is a riveting, true story about a Connecticut medical malpractice lawsuit. It is a great read for both educational and recreational purposes because it not only provides an in-depth look into the complexities and imperfections of tort law, but it is an emotional, thought-provoking page turner as well. Incoming students may enjoy it as a first glance into a subject they will become more familiar with in their first year. Current students will enjoy the birds-eye view of the mediation process that finally brings resolution to the case. Werth will literally have you on the edge of your seat, and all law students will likely become both fascinated and troubled by this gripping real-life legal drama.” —Mary Stewart 3L

The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law by Professor Michael Roffer ’83

“As a history undergraduate major, it was refreshing to read a book about the history of law that wasn’t like something you’d read in a textbook or on Westlaw. Professor Roffer writes in a way that’s informative, but not boring. He does a fantastic job of synthesizing thousands of years of legal history into one entertaining book.” —John Muldoon 3L

The Nine by Jeffery Toobin

The Nine is a behind-the-scenes look into the Supreme Court that provides specific examples and the background behind some of the Court’s most important decisions. I’d recommend reading this prior to taking Constitutional Law because it presents real-world applications that help students connect more with the course material.” —Ryan Callinan 3L

Privacy As Trust: Information Privacy for an Information Age by Professor Ari Ezra Waldman

“I’m reading Professor Waldman’s book because privacy is a very important issue—especially in our technologically advanced world today. As a law student who is inspired to protect people and their property and/or intellectual property, the attack on privacy and how we can approach it is something that I am interested in learning more about. I believe this book improves your knowledge about this subject matter both as a law student and as a consumer in general.” —Alicia Altidor 2L