Best Books for Indian legal professionals and law school students

Best Indian Legal Books for Law Students & Lawyers

There are some books on legal issues in India, which portrayed the facts and legal matters in such an interesting manner that without much effort, you will love this topic. If you want to understand the Indian Judiciary & judicial structure in a fantastic way, there are books one should read. Aspiring law professionals in India, before entering into law school, can read these books for a better understanding of the profession. Those who are already in law school may also need some non-curriculum books as a breather and a ‘motivator to read formal books’. We have created a list of must-read books by and for Indian lawyers.

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Must-read books for law students in India, Best Indian legal books for pre-law school students & Lawyers, Best books to read before law school India All time

  1. Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography by Fali S. Nariman
  2. 10 Judgements That Changed India by Zia Mody
  3. Nani A. Palkhivala : A Life by M V Kamath
  4. Nani Palkhivala: The Courtroom Genius by Soli J. Sorabjee and Arvind P. Datar
  5. On the Rise – Inspiring Stories of Young Legal Professionals in India by Tariq Khan
  6. Legal Confidential: Adventures of an Indian Lawyer by Ranjeev C Dubey
  7. The State of the Nation: In Context of India’s Constitution by Fali S.Nariman
  8. The Case that Shook India: The Verdict That Led to the Emergency by Prashant Bhushan
  9. Anita Gets Bail: What Are Our Courts Doing? What Should We Do About Them? by Arun Shourie
  10. The Rebel: A Biography of Ram Jethmalani by Susan Adelman
  11. Supreme Whispers: Supreme Court Judges, 1980-90 by Abhinav Chandrachud
  12. Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India by Abhinav Chandrachud
  13. The Dramatic Decade: Landmark Cases Of Modern India by Indu Bhan
  14. Roses in December an Auto Biography by M C Chagla
  15. Court and Their Judgments: The first Lawasia lecture by Arun Shourie
  16. Legal Eagles: Stories of the Top Seven Indian Lawyers by Indu Bhan

1. Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography by Fali S. Nariman

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Before Memory Fades – an autobiography
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4.21 4.5 4.5

Before Memory Fades isn’t only a book, yet an exemplary bit of craftsmanship. It is a critique on the most significant court cases like Shankari Prasad, Sajjan Singh, Golaknath, Keshavananda Bharti etc, which laid the essential premise of the Indian Constitution. This life account gives a brief understanding of the National Emergency declared in 1975. During that time he was the Additional Solicitor General of India.


2. 10 Judgements That Changed India by Zia Mody

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10 Judgements that changed India
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4 4.3 4.5

The best piece of this book is that it is free from complex legal language and insider abbreviations that could be understood by only core legal professionals. We all can easily understand it. A very fulfilling read that briefs our legal framework through contextual analyses of intelligently chosen 10 most significant cases in India.


3. Nani A. Palkhivala : A Life by M V Kamath

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4.46 4.5 4.6

Well, there are two books on the life of Nani Palkhiwala are there in this list. But, believe me, you won’t resist yourself from reading both.

Mr. Nani A. Palkhivala is regarded as one of the best lawyers, India has ever produced. His life is a teacher in itself for all legal professionals. Mr. M. V. Kamath, through this book, made Nani alive by telling the story of his life in an impressive manner. His courage, intellect, brilliance, and knowledge were unmatchable.


4. Nani Palkhivala: The Courtroom Genius by Soli J. Sorabjee and Arvind P. Datar

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Nani Palkhivala : The Courtroom Genius by Soli J Sorabjee & Arvind P Datar
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4.31 4.6 4.6

This book is written on the legend of the Indian legal system, who excelled in his profession. Great book for future lawyers, who can see how Nani Palkhiwala protected the Indian constitution fearlessly. Legal professionals, students and to be lawyers, all will be inspired by his extraordinary work.


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On the Rise – Inspiring Stories of Young Legal Professionals in India by Tariq Khan
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3.33 4.7 N.A.

Must-read book for aspiring and young legal professionals in India. This book is a significant tale into the lives of individuals who set a benchmark in the law profession and how their way of thinking helped them in attaining growth. It helps legal aspirants in conquering numerous difficulties looked at by them.


 Legal Confidential Adventures of an Indian Lawyer by Ranjeev C Dubey
Legal Confidential Adventures of an Indian Lawyer by Ranjeev C Dubey
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4.06 4.0 4.4

Impressive narrative and a kind of semi auto-biography of a lawyer, who started his career from Tis Hazari court in Delhi. In his book, ‘Legal Confidential’, Ranjeev Dubey very interestingly uncovered the corruption in trial courts of India. At many times he made fun of himself, that quite an original idea and not a very popular approach by legal book writers. It’s an interesting and must-read book for young lawyers.


7. The State of the Nation: In Context of India’s Constitution by Fali S.Nariman

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The State of the Nation In Context of India’s Constitution by Fali S. Naiman
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4.15 4.3 4.4

8. The Case that Shook India: The Verdict That Led to the Emergency by Prashant Bhushan

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4.31 4.3 4.06

9. Anita Gets Bail: What Are Our Courts Doing? What Should We Do About Them? by Arun Shourie

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Anita Gets Bail: What Are Our Courts Doing? by Arun Shourie
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4.04 4.6 4.5

10. The Rebel: A Biography of Ram Jethmalani by Susan Adelman

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The Rebel A Biography of Ram Jethmalani by Susan Adelma
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4.06 4.4 4.5

11. Supreme Whispers: Supreme Court Judges, 1980-90 by Abhinav Chandrachud

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Supreme Whispers Supreme Court Judges by Abhinav Chandrachud
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4.0 4.6 4.4

12. Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India by Abhinav Chandrachud

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Best Law books of India – Republic of Rhetoric Free Speech and the Constitution of India by Chandrachud Abhinav
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4.35 4.8 4.6

13. The Dramatic Decade: Landmark Cases Of Modern India by Indu Bhan

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Best Law Books India – The Dramatic Decade: Landmark Cases Of Modern India by Indu Bhan
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3.43 4.2 4.5

14. Roses in December an Auto Biography by M C Chagla

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Roses in December: an Auto Biography by M C Chagla
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4.15 4.1 4.5

15. Court and Their Judgments: The first Lawasia lecture by Arun Shourie

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Court and Their Judgments The first Lawasia lecture by Arun Shourie
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3.87 4.0 N.A.
Legal Eagles Stories of the Top Seven Indian Lawyers by Indu Bhan
Legal Eagles Stories of the Top Seven Indian Lawyers by Indu Bhan
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3.38 3.9 4.4

Other Noteworthy books


  1. A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
  2. Tomorrow’s Lawyers by Richard Susskind
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. The Rule of Law by Penguin Adult HC/TR
  5. Bleak House (Bantam Classics) by Charles Dickens
  6. One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School by Scott Turow
  7. Point Made: How To Write Like The Nation’s Top Advocates by Ross Guberman
  8. The Firm by John Grisham
  9. How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday by Gerry Spence
  10. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  11. Letters to a Law Student 3rd edn: A guide to studying law at university by Nicholas J McBride 
  12. The Tools of Argument: How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue, and Win by Joel P. Trachtman

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