Lawyers and Literature
James R. Elkins

Exercise 1-3A: Recommended Reading

You receive a letter from one of your law school professors informing you that the law school is rethinking its orientation program. The orientation program seeks to provide students with the kind of working knowledge that will ease and enrich their legal education. But the faculty, weary of its present program, has in mind having students read a work of fiction and seeks your help in determining a novel or story that might be useful and instructive. Your professor asks for your recommendation of a single novel or story that incoming first-year students might read that would provoke discussion and thoughtful reflection on what lies ahead. Your professor also wants to know what it is about this particular novel or story that makes it the single text you would recommend for the new student of law.

Write a letter to your former law professor complying with his request for help.


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