University of Wisconsin–Madison

Popular Culture in the Law

If you are looking forward to relaxing with some good novels during the semester break, be sure to browse the Law Library's PR and PS call number ranges on level two, where you will find an interesting collection of books pertaining to popular culture in the law. Since the average American's understanding of the legal system is both reflected and shaped by popular culture, this collection provides a unique view of the image of the lawyer in the United States and the British Commonwealth. These fiction titles span a range of genres, with either a lawyer as a main character or with the book actually authored by a lawyer. Popular, legal authors such as Scott Turow, John Grisham and Steve Martini are here as well as books by local authors such as Nancy Kopp (a Wisconin Supreme Court Commisioner) and Michael Bowen (a partner at Foley & Lardner). For a glimpse into the British legal system, check out the "Rumpole" series by John Mortimer. Heading to a large law firm upon graduation? "The Anonymous Lawyer" is a laugh-out-loud book with insightful satire about the life of a big-firm attorney. You can also pair a novel from this collection with the correponding video housed at the circulation desk -- classics like "Advise and Consent", "The Firm" or "Snow Falling on Cedars" to name just a few. For more discussion regarding popular culture in the law, visit the University of Texas Tarlton Law Library website:

Submitted by Cheryl O'Connor on December 14, 2006

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