I started reading this book when I was in law school. At the time, it appeared that every student should own a copy of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England. Over the years, however, I realized that there is no such thing as The One Law Book for Every Lawyer. Instead there are many books that can be used to supplement one another or even replace each other depending upon your practice and needs at any given moment. Ultimately you need to take into account how much work you plan to do each hour (or day), what types of cases you like to represent (some lawyers only focus on criminal defense while others try both civil and criminal matters), what kinds of decisions you want to make during arguments or settlement conferences, etc., all in order determine which type of books best suits your practice style and kind of cases handled by your firm.
The following list contains some basic titles recommended by members who responded:
1) “Elements Of Torts & Elements Of Contracts” By Charles D Becker/Charles S Brockman – This book has been immensely helpful for me over the last five years while practicing civil litigation exclusively with emphasis on personal injury claims based upon negligence involving automobile accidents or medical malpractice issues involving doctors who have failed to adequately treat injured patients after being sued by their clients due primarily because they did not follow through with recommendations made by experts submitted by plaintiffs attorneys during discovery proceedings conducted pursuant thereto; 2) “Lit