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October 2nd, 2000
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Recreational Reading and Viewing Materials at the Law Library

Did you know that the Law Library has an extensive collection of law-related recreational materials? They include feature films and documentaries, as well as, works of fiction, legal humor, and biography. Read on to find out more!

Books

Fiction

There are many works of legal fiction available for checkout at the Law Library by authors such as John Grisham and Scott Turow. You can find these legal thrillers on the second floor in the call number range PR... - PZ.... Or, you can search MadCat for the subject "legal stories."

Humor

You can also find books that take a look at the lighter side of the law, such as Legally Correct Fairy Tales and The Trenton Pickle Ordinance and Other Bonehead Legislation. These works are located on the third floor in the call number range KF/184..., as well as, on the second floor at call numbers PN/6231/L4....

Biographies

The Law Library also carries biographies about lawyers and justices, including Edward Lazarus' controversial Closed Chambers. Biographies about American lawyers are located on the third floor at call numbers KF/363... - KF/373 and those about English lawyers can be found at KF/621... - KF/632.... Biographies about justices are located on the second floor in call number range KF/8744... - KF/8745....

New Books

Many of the Law Library's most recent acquisitions are temporarily shelved in the New Book area located on the fifth floor across from the copy center. These materials are available for checkout. A list of Selected Recent Acquisitions is also available at http://library.law.wisc.edu/services/recacq/.

Videocassettes

Feature Films

The Law Library also maintains a collection of feature films and television dramas about lawyers. These include classics like The Paper Chase and Anatomy of a Murder, as well as, more recent films such as Amistad and A Civil Action. These films are located behind the Circulation Desk, but a list of titles and summaries is available at http://library.law.wisc.edu/guides/video/af.htm.

Documentaries

In addition to feature films, the Law Library also collects law-related documentaries such as The "Rodney King" Case and What Jennifer Saw. These titles are also located behind the Circulation Desk, but a listing is available at http://library.law.wisc.edu/guides/video/documentaries.htm.

Written by: Bonnie Shucha
Reference & Electronic Services Librarian
bjshucha@facstaff.wisc.edu

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