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Top 5 Summer Beach Reads for Lawyers

By Deanne Katz, Esq. | Last updated on

A beach bag should include sunscreen and a good book so you're always ready for relaxation. But when you eat, sleep, and breathe law, it's hard to disconnect and find good summer reading that doesn't require highlighting.

If you've spent too much time on work to know what to page though when you're looking for an easy beach read, look no further.

Check out our list of the top 5 books to read this summer that won't weigh you down. There's something for everyone between novels, light weight fun reads, business literature, biographies, and thrillers.

All the books on our list below clock in at 350 pages or less which is just enough to keep you occupied without doubling as a free weight.

1. John Grisham: Calico Joe

This ex-attorney doesn't just write legal fiction. Calico Joe is a highly acclaimed novel about the Great American Pastime, Baseball, and the things that happen off the field.

2. Eric Dubin: The Star Chamber: How Celebrities Go Free and Their Lawyers Become Famous

This review of several famous celebrity trials is the definition of light summer reading. It's not full of legal insights or deep prose but it is a fun look at some of the more famous cases of the last decade.

3. Benajmin W. Glass III: Great Legal Marketing: How Smart Lawyers Think, Behave and Market to Get More Clients, Make More Money, and Still Get Home in Time for Dinner

If you just can't leave work behind completely, check out this readable guide to how be more successful in the office. You'll come back to the office tanned, rested, and more knowledgeable.

4. Andrew Kersten: Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast

This biography of the famous attorney goes beyond the well-remembered cases that made him famous. The author delves into Darrow's unique political stances and his fight for individualism and freedom.

5. Thomas Benigno: The Good Lawyer: A Novel

If we're not reading Grisham's legal thrillers, someone has to fill the gap. The author is a practicing attorney in New York and his first novel is inspired by real events that he experienced while working in Legal Aid.

So lay out that beach chair and grab a refreshing drink. This summer reading list will keep you occupied for a while.

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