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Get Ready for Your Law Degree

To help you get ready to start your law degree with us, we’ve pulled together a must-read/watch list. It will get you thinking more about your law degree.

Books and films that give you a feel for the law

The list focuses on books, podcasts, blogs and films that we hope will show you what law is all about. They should give you a feel for what law involves.


  • Tom Bingham, The Rule of Law (2011)
  • TH Smith, Glanville Williams: Learning the Law (2016)
  • Allan Hutchinson, Is Eating People Wrong? Great Legal cases and how they shaped the world by Allan Hutchinson (2011)
  • Helena Kennedy, Eve was Framed (1993)
  • Catherine Barnard, Janet O’Sullivan & Graham Virgo, What about Law: Studying Law at University (2011)
  • Gary Slapper, How the Law Works (2016)
  • Clare Dyer and Marcel Berlins, The Law Machine (2000)
  • Imogen Moore and Craig Newbury Jones, The Successful Law Student: An Insider’s guide to studying law (2018)


  • Law in Action - Joshua Rozenberg presents Radio 4's long-running legal magazine programme. It features reports and discussion on matters relating to law.
  • Law Pod UK - Law Pod UK covers developments across all aspects of civil and public law in the United Kingdom. It is brought to you by the barristers at 1 Crown Office Row. It is presented by Rosalind English and Emma-Louise Fenelon.
  • The Media Law Podcast - The Media Law Podcast features news from the world of media law and debate. It’s intended to be useful for students of law, journalism, and media and communications. It's also for academics and practitioners in those fields.
  • Round My Kitchen Table - Every week Guardian law columnist Alex Aldridge, Bircham Dyson Bell lawyer Kevin Poulter and a guest meet round Alex’s kitchen table. They discuss the week’s big legal events over a bottle of wine.
  • Lockdown Law Pods - They have put together a list of law-related podcasts.
  • Public Law for Everyone - Public Law is another way of saying ‘constitutional law’. There are a lot of constitutional issues going on at the moment. Prof Mark Elliott’s blog tries to explain these big topics in language everyone can understand. So if you’re interested in Brexit, the role of the courts or what rights you have as a UK resident, this is a great resource.
Law in Action podcast page on BBC Radio 4 website.


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