347 Schaeffer Hall
Fall 2022 Office Hours
Tue & Th: 4:45-6:15
Dept of Political Science
341 Schaeffer Hall
20 E. Washington Street
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Posted book info and syllabi for Spring 2023 courses in Courses section
Posted Course Evaluations for Spring 2022 courses, POLI:3113 and POLI:3120
Posted two books in What I'm Reading
Posted book info for Fall 2022 courses
Posted updated Prelaw FAQ for UI students
Published updated and expanded edition of Prelaw Advisor in paperback and for Kindle readers
New book, Riding the Caucus Rollercoaster 2020, published in paperback and for Kindle readers.
New book, Supreme Court Agenda Setting: The Vinson Court, published for Kindle devices and computers with Kindle reader.
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Note: I must admit that after initially setting up the sections I've really only kept up the one for What I'm Reading. The other sections are worth a look, but everything recent is just in the What I'm Reading section in the order I've read the books.
(I'm still building these pages, so not all four may be available right away. Stay tuned!)
Prelaw students occasionally ask me to recommend books related to the law. There are, of course, lots of legally and judicially related books available, the trick is in finding ones that are interesting or worthwhile. I'm also a movie fan and there are also lots of movies related to the law in various ways. Below are links to lists of books and movies that I thought would be of value in one way or another.
I've divided the books into two broad categories Fiction and Non-fiction. Both lists include the author(s) and title and in the non-fiction list I've included an indication of the book's subject. Each title includes a paragraph that provides a very brief description of the book and a few comments about why I thought it worth being on this list. (Note: I've not included books specifically related to prelaw topics on this list, but I mention a few such books in my Prelaw FAQ.)
I'm also sometimes asked what I'm reading now. These days I tend to read more nonfiction, often of a political nature (surprise!). Still, in case anyone is interested I've put together a list of recent books I've read and will add to it as appropriate.
I've been thinking about putting together a course on movies and the law. The list of movies of legal or judicial interest includes those I've been considering for the course, but several others that I found worthwhile. (There are, of course, tons of TV shows dealing with the law, lawyers, etc. As much as I like a lot of these shows, I've limited this list to only movies.)
Some of the listed books and movies are newer and some are very old. Most of the older books are probably available in used bookstores or as special orders. For books and movies that are still available I've included a link to them on Amazon.com. (Hey, I have to pay for this website somehow!) I've linked to a particular version of the item, but others may be available (e.g., digital for books, streaming for movies). Those not listed on Amazon.com might still be available from other sources.