The ANU Law Unrequired Reading List: the perfect complement to your law degree

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Reading for pleasure, and broadening one’s world view, can be a wonderful supplement to the benefits that an education and a career in the law provides.

ANU Law has launched the Unrequired Reading List, a curated list of books, films, texts and artworks intended to complement students’ study of the law.

It features timeless classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, In Cold Blood and The Handmaid’s Tale; important biographies such as From Moree to Mabo: The Mary Gaudron Story and Barwick; and beloved films like 12 Angry Men and The Castle.

ANU College of Law Dean Professor Stephen Bottomley said the list was an expression of the Law School’s values and a reminder that a well-rounded education does not come solely from prescribed texts and journals.

“Reading for pleasure, and broadening one’s world view, can be a wonderful supplement to the benefits that an education and a career in the law provides,” he said.

“I have wanted to develop this list for many years, since I encountered The Texas List of Unrequired Reading, which was released by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas in 1987.

Professor Desmon Manderson and Dr Heather Roberts curated the list with Professor Bottomley.

You can read the full list here.

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team