Newcastle Law School

Get Ready to Study With Us

Get Ready to Study With Us!

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Hoping to join us at Newcastle Law School in September?

To help you get ready to start your law degree with us, we’ve pulled together a must-read / watch list to get you thinking more about your law degree. The list focuses on books, podcasts and films that we hope will show you what Law is all about and to give you a feel for what Law involves.


Law Readings

  • 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)


  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
  • Charlotte Brontë, Shirley
  • Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter 
  • Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  • Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
  • Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol
  • Franz Kafka, The Trial
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion

Law in Literature collection

We also have a Law in Literature collection on our Library website which is a collection of novels, short stories, graphic novels, poetry, films, plays that all relate to Law.

The collection was built in collaboration with Law School staff and students to help encourage reading for pleasure, broaden literary awareness, and highlight interdisciplinary study. You will find a diverse range of voices and stories within this collection, and a range of themes from human rights to A.I., crime to legal ethics, and more.

Podcasts / Blogs

  • Law in Action - Joshua Rozenberg presents Radio 4's long-running legal magazine programme, featuring 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, and 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 on topical issues. It’s intended to be a useful resource for students of Law, Journalism, and Media & Communications, and 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 to 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’ - and there are a lot of constitutional issues going on at the moment! Professor Mark Elliott’s blog tries to explain these big topics in language that everybody can understand; so if you’re interested in Brexit, the role of the courts or what rights you have as a UK resident, then this is a great source to find out what the legal issues really are.