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Reading Suggestions for Prospective/New Law Students (Roman/Civil law focus)

[Related: Advice for Prospective Libertarian Law Students]

Suggested reading list compiled for my niece before attending Louisiana State University law school (a civil law/Roman law state):

For my own related stuff:



  • Jhering, Dr. Rudolph von, The Struggle for Law (1879)
  • Watson, Alan, The Importance of “Nutshells”, AJCL, 1994
  • Posner, Richard A., Blackstone and Bentham

Louisiana/Civil/Roman law/Common Law:

  • Merryman, John Henry, The Civil Law Tradition: An Introduction to the Legal Systems of Western Europe and Latin America, 2d. ed. 1985
  • Minor Risks and Major Rewards: Civilian Codification in North America on the Eve of the Twenty-First Century, Tul. Eur. & Civ. L. Forum, 1993, by Shael Herman
  • Comment: Reflections at the Close of Three Years of Law School: A Student’s Perspective on the “Value and Importance of Teaching Roman Law in Modern American Law Schools, Tul. L. Rev., by John J. Hogerty II
  • A History of American Law, 2d. ed., 1985, Lawrence M. Friedman (excerpts on the Civil Law/Louisiana, and on the Field Codes)
  • Zekoll, Joachim, The Louisiana Private Law System: The Best of Both Worlds, Tul. Eur. & Civ. L. For., 1995
  • A Renaissance of the Civilian Tradition in Louisiana, 33 La. L. Rev. 357 (1973), by Mack E. Barham
  • Origins of Modern Codification of the Civil Law: The French Experience and its Implications for Louisiana Law, 56 Tul. L. Rev. 477 (1982), by Rodolfo Batiza
  • Principal Features and Methods of Codification, 48 La. L. Rev. 1073 (1988), by Jean Louis Bergel
  • Judge Made Law Under A Civil Code, La. L. Rev., 1981, by Genaro R. Carrió
  • Life on a Federal Island in the Civilian Sea,” Miss. C. L. Rev. 1994, by William E. Crawford
  • The Future of the Civil Law, La. L. Rev. 1977, by Julio C. Cueto-Rua
  • Stein, Peter G., Relationships among Roman Law, Common Law, and Modern Civil Law, Tul.L.Rev. 1992
  • Watson, Alan, Roman Law and English Law: Two Patterns of Legal Development, Loy.L.Rev., 1990
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