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UW Law Reads

Books recommended by UW Law faculty and staff


This web guide lists books recommended by UW Law faculty and staff. (Are you a UW Law student or grad? We'd be happy to add your recommendations, too.)

We like sharing the books that we've enjoyed and learning about one another's treasured works. We hope you readers enjoy these too.

The list began in late December 2015.


Links are generally to catalog records in the UW's system. UW Law users can check out books from any UW library just by clicking the "request" link. The book can be delivered to the Law Library for your convenience. You can also request books from libraries in Summit, a system that includes almost 40 college and university libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

If a recommended book was not held by a UW library when we checked, then the link is to WorldCat. Wherever you are, you can enter your ZIP code and find nearby libraries. Here in Seattle, those will include Seattle Public Library and King County Library System (as well as the University Libraries).

Be aware that there might be more than one catalog record for a book—for example, if it's cataloged as a hardback, a paperback, and an e-book. The guide only links to one catalog record, but you can search the catalog to find other editions.


If you want to own a book (or give it as a gift), consider some of Seattle's terrific independent bookstores:

Online booksellers include:

  • Amazon (now with a physical store in University Village)
  • Powell's Books (visit the vast brick-and-mortar store when you're in Portland)