School of Law

Pre-law Reading

‌Much of the study of law is centred upon the reading of texts - whether legal, academic, or professional. If you decide to study law, you will be required to read many of these and to form your own views and opinions about them.

If you are still undecided about whether to study law, or if you have been accepted into the Law School and want to engage in some advance reading, why not read a novel about law?

Examples would include books by John Grisham, Dickens' 'Bleak House', and Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Some books also take a more humorous approach – see, for example, John Mortimer’s 'Rumpole of the Bailey'.

There are also many books about the practice of law that have been written for the lay person. The leading example of recent years is Sir Thomas Bingham’s The Rule of Law*, in which he discusses what the idea of 'The Rule of Law' actually means.

This book will introduce you to a number of themes that will be studied in year one of the Law degree at Queens, mainly in constitutional law, criminal law, and human rights.