Litigation

Cal. Litig. 2023, Volume 36, Issue 2

FIVE NON-LEGAL BOOKS EVERY YOUNG LITIGATOR SHOULD READ

Writen by Steven B. Katz*

Some 90 years ago, Jerome Frank, former Second Circuit judge and one of the leading lights of Legal Realism, wrote the "tasks of the lawyer do not pivot around those rules and principles" taught in law school. "The work of the lawyer revolves about specific decisions in definite pieces of litigation." (Frank, Why Not A Clinical Lawyer-School? (1933) 81 Univ. Penn. L.Rev. 907, 910.)

In the spirit of Judge Frank, let me suggest five books that will teach young lawyers as much about litigation as any casebook. And unlike any casebook or treatise, the lessons in these books will apply in every single case.

The first is Sun-Tzu (that’s SOON-tzuh, not son-SOO), The Art of War.

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