Law and Social Thought

Reading List

Students in LST, whether beginning, advanced, or graduating, often ask us for a reading list for the summer. We thought we would give you a few ideas to start with. Look up these titles and read the ones that interest you. We do not expect you to have read and studied these books prior to becoming a major in LST or in order to do well in our classes! This list is JUST FOR FUN, for those who find reading to be a pleasure. We have attempted not to include books we routinely teach in our courses. However, some of these will appear on our syllabi from time to time. These are not in any order at all.

If you purchase books from this list from Amazon using the links below, LST will earn a portion of the proceeds! It's a great way to support the program while building your LST library.

If you have a suggestion of a book you would like to see added to the list, please send it along to Renee Heberle. Next: The LST Movie List!


Haar, A Civil Action

Ewick & Silbey, The Common Place of Law

Gaylin, The Killing of Bonnie Garland

Melville, Billy Budd

O'Brien, Storm Center

Levi, An Introduction to Legal Reasoning

Kluger, Simple Justice

Hay, Albion's Fatal Tree

Crenshaw, et al., Critical Race Theory

Aeschylus, The Oresteia

Sophocles, Antigone

Butler, Antigone's Claim

Plato, Crito

Plato, The Republic

Plato, The Apology of Socrates

Cornell, At the Heart of Freedom

Hans, Business on Trial

Grana & Ollenburger, The Social Context of Law

Plato, Euthyphro

Camus, The Stranger

Kafka, The Trial

Kairys, With Liberty and Justice for Some

Sarat & Ewick, Studies in Law, Politics and Society, #26

Turow, One L

Aristotle, On Rhetoric

Aristotle, Politics

Lazarus, Closed Chambers

Rosenberg, The Hollow Hope

Arenas, Before Night Falls

Agamben, Homo Sacer

Foucault, Discipline and Punish

Hart & Negri, Empire

Williams, The Alchemy of Race and Rights

Lewis, Gideon’s Trumpet

Lewis, Make No Law

Cover, Justice Accused

Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals

Last Updated: 6/27/22