Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Legal Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 21st Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

  • Author: Harvard Law Review
  • Publisher: Harvard Law Review Association; 21st edition (September 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Law, Law Practice
  • ISBN: 978-0578666150
  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches


2. Model Rules of Professional Conduct

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

For more than one hundred years, the American Bar Association has provided leadership in legal ethics and professional responsibility through the adoption of professional standards that serve as models of the regulatory law governing the legal profession. The 2021 Edition of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct provides an up-to-date resource for information on lawyer ethics. The Rules, with some variations, have been adopted in 50 jurisdictions. Federal, state, and local courts in all jurisdictions look to the Rules for guidance in resolving lawyer malpractice cases, disciplinary actions, disqualification issues, sanctions questions, and more. This 2021 Edition of the Model Rules includes the amendments to Model Rule 1.8(e) that American Bar Association adopted on August 12, 2020. This amendment allows lawyers, representing someone on a pro bono basis, to provide limited financial assistance to that client.

  • Author: American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Publisher: American Bar Association; 2021st edition (January 8, 2021)
  • Genre: Law, Law Practice
  • ISBN: 978-1641058599
  • Dimensions: 6.15 x 0.64 x 9.02 inches


3. Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader's performance. The book begins by describing the difference between educational cultures that praise students for 'right answers,' and the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more than one approach may be correct. Enormous care is devoted to explaining precisely how and why legal analysis frequently produces such perplexing situations. But the authors don't stop with mere description. Instead, Getting to Maybe teaches how to excel on law school exams by showing the reader how legal analysis can be brought to bear on examination problems. The book contains hints on studying and preparation that go well beyond conventional advice. The authors also illustrate how to argue both sides of a legal issue without appearing wishy-washy or indecisive. Above all, the book explains why exam questions may generate feelings of uncertainty or doubt about correct legal outcomes and how the student can turn these feelings to his or her advantage. In sum, although the authors believe that no exam guide can substitute for a firm grasp of substantive material, readers who devote the necessary time to learning the law will find this book an invaluable guide to translating learning into better exam performance.

  • Author: Richard Michael Fischl
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press; 1st edition (May 26, 1999)
  • Genre: Law, Law Practice
  • ISBN: 978-0890897607
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches


4. Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

Contains some hilights and notes.

  • Author: Ruth Ann McKinney
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press; Second Edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Genre: Law, Law Practice
  • ISBN: 978-1611631104
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.75 x 7.75 inches


5. Legal Writing in Plain English, Second Edition: A Text with Exercises (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful—all too often, legal writing embodies none of these qualities. Its reputation for obscurity and needless legalese is widespread. Since 2001 Bryan A. Garner’s Legal Writing in Plain English has helped address this problem by providing lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. Now the leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section.  In this new edition, Garner preserves the successful structure of the original while adjusting the content to make it even more classroom-friendly. He includes case examples from the past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats. His book remains the standard guide for producing the jargon-free language that clients demand and courts reward.

  • Author: Bryan A. Garner
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Second edition (August 26, 2013)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0226283937
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.45 x 0.6 inches


6. Robert's Rules of Order

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

Explains the accepted procedures for conducting business, government, and club meetings

  • Author: Darwin Patnode
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc; Modern Revised edition (April 1, 1989)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-0840771841
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches


7. Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business: 65 Essential Agreements, Contracts, Leases & Letters

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

Create solid contracts for your business As a small business owner, you can’t afford to farm paperwork and contracts out to a lawyer―you have to deal with them yourself. With Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business , you can act with confidence. Here you’ll find the forms you need to start and grow your business. Each document comes with thorough, plain-English, line-by-line instructions to help you: write contracts prepare corporate bylaws prepare an LLC operating agreement buy a business hire employees and consultants create noncompete agreements protect your trade secrets record minutes of meetings lease commercial space buy real estate borrow or lend money, and much more. The 11th edition has been thoroughly reviewed and updated by Nolo’s experts, and provides the most up-to-date legal information for small businesses. With Downloadable Forms: Download and customize more than 65 forms to help you start and run your small business (details inside).

  • Author: Fred S. Steingold Attorney
  • Publisher: NOLO; Eleventh edition (March 31, 2020)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • ISBN: 978-1413327311
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.25 x 11 inches


8. Whose Monet?: An Introduction to the American Legal System (Academic Success)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

This extraordinary paperback provides a highly accessible and appealing orientation to the American legal system and presents basic concepts of civil litigation to first-year law students. Whose Monet? An Introduction to the American Legal System focuses on a lengthy dispute over the ownership of a painting as a vehicle for introducing students to the basic law school tasks of reading analytically, understanding legal materials, and working with the common law. The author and his colleagues have used these materials successfully in their classrooms for many years, ensuring their teachability and effectiveness: Whose Monet? can be used as primary course material in orientation courses or seminars, as well as collateral reading for in-semester Legal Process or Civil Procedure courses The organization is logical and straightforward and the accessible writing style--lucid, descriptive, and conversational--is ideal for incoming students The major events in a lawsuit are considered, and the text sheds light on how the law is applied in a civil dispute, introducing common law and statutory law and the various courts and their interrelationship (trial/appellate, state/federal) The author draws on judicial opinions, litigation papers, transcripts, and selections from commentators and various jurisprudential sources, thereby exposing the first-year student to as broad a spectrum of materials as possible Telling the story of a real lawsuit (DeWeerth v. Baldinger)--from client intake through trial and various appeals--draws students into the legal process by means of an engaging narrative and makes for a truly enjoying teaching experience for professors The lawyer's role is examined in both its functional and moral dimensions: What do lawyers do? What does society legitimately expect lawyers to do? This book is suitable for both classroom and stand-alone assigned reading

  • Author: John A. Humbach
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer; 2nd edition (January 18, 2016)
  • Genre: Law, Law Practice
  • ISBN: 978-1454873150
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.58 x 9 inches


9. Dictionary of Legal Terms: Definitions and Explanations for Non-Lawyers

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

Barron’s Dictionary of Legal Terms includes over 2,500 terms in clear, easy-to-understand English and translates “legalese” for the layperson. This updated edition includes new terms to incorporate recent changes in laws and judicial interpretations. This pocket-sized guide is an ideal book for quick reference or to learn more about the law. It includes: More than 2,500 legal terms Jargon-free definitions and explanations Hundreds of examples to illustrate the definitions This compact guide cuts through the complexities and is ideal for consumers, business proprietors, legal beneficiaries, investors, property owners, litigants, and all others who have dealings with the law.

  • Author: Steven H. Gifis
  • Publisher: Barrons Educational Series; Fifth edition (November 1, 2015)
  • Genre: Law, Law Practice
  • ISBN: 978-1438005126
  • Dimensions: 4.19 x 1.3 x 7 inches


10. Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Reference - August 2021

Maximize your tax deductions Rental real estate provides more tax benefits than almost any other investment. Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide is the only book that focuses exclusively on IRS rules and deductions for landlords. The book covers the latest tax laws, including changes under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that are particularly beneficial to landlords. Learn about landlord tax classifications, reporting rental income, hiring workers, and depreciation. Find out how to: handle casualty and theft losses distinguish between repairs and improvements deduct home office, car, travel, and meals keep proper tax records and much more. Filled with practical advice and real-world examples, Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide will save you money by making sure you owe less to the IRS at tax time. This edition is updated to cover changes under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

  • Author: Stephen Fishman J.D.
  • Publisher: NOLO; Seventeenth edition (December 29, 2020)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Accounting
  • ISBN: 978-1413328110
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches