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February 11, 2011


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Kevin Jon Heller

Jed Rubenfeld's "The Interpretation of Murder" is awesome.

Jennifer Bird-Pollan

Dan Shaviro's "Getting It" about law firm life and the fight for partnership, set in the 1980s. A great read!

Alfred Brophy

For a much earlier era, Beverley Tucker of William and Mary comes to mind. Tucker wrote a couple of novels -- George Balcombe and The Partisan Leader. The former is about, among other things, a lost will. The latter is about southern secession (though it was published in the mid-1830s). Edgar Allan Poe gave some over-the-top praise to Balcombe (something like it was the best American novel to date), which I find a little hard to believe. Judge for yourself, it's on

Perhaps we're seeing a resurgence of what Robert Ferguson calls the connections between law and letters in American culture?

Kelly Anders

This sounds like the plot of the great film, "A Soldier's Story," with a law school twist. The late Adolph Caesar's character would be similar to that of White's fictional Dean.

Marc Roark

So if we think about legal education in the abstract, Salmon Chase studied law under William Wirt, Attorney General (1817-1829) who wrote Letters of the British Spy.

Jacqueline Lipton

Paul Heald (Georgia) wrote "No Regrets".

Joel K. Goldstein

Other novelists include Richard H. Fallon, Jr. (Harvard) Stubborn as a Mule (2009); Michael A. Kahn (Washington University adjunct), the Rachel Gold series including Firm Ambitions, Due Diligence, Trophy Widow, etc.; Francis M. Nevins (Saint Louis University emeritus)several novels.

David Bernstein

Scott Gerber of ONU has published at least one novel, maybe two.

Horst Eidenmueller

You neglect to mention Bernhard Schlink, the German law prof who wrote The Reader (Der Vorleser). I would have hoped that such an obvious omission would not have been made on this blog, given the calibre of its bloggers, but should have known by now not to expect so much of American publications, especially those based on the internet.

Horst Eidenmueller

Lest it be thought otherwise, and mislead readers, I am not the Professor Eidenmueller.

Michele Martinez Campbell

I'm sure law profs publish fiction at a higher rate than academics in other disciplines, if only because they can. The legal thrillers is a reliably marketable genre. The market for medical thrillers and science fiction is much smaller. Look at the NYT bestseller list any given week, and a substantial percentage of the titles are legal thrillers. Law profs have the material to get in that game.

Please add me to the list:


John Dobbyn of Villanova Law writes criminal law mystery fiction thrillers.


Hi Dan. I just saw this. Thanks for including me. Yxta Murray (Loyola) has published several novels, I believe.

Jennifer Laurin

George Fletcher at Columbia published The Bond.

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