Date: June 18th, 2012 12:13 PM
If you want to be an awesome scholar and creative, read as many of the following:
"The Ascription of Responsibility and Rights". Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 1949.
Definition and Theory in Jurisprudence (1953)
Causation in the Law (with Tony Honoré) (1959)
The Concept of Law Oxford: Oxford University Press: 1961.
Law, Liberty and Morality (1963)
The Morality of the Criminal Law (1964)
Punishment and Responsibility (1968)
Essays on Bentham: Studies in Jurisprudence and Political Theory (1982)
Essays in Jurisprudence and Philosophy (1983)
Taking Rights Seriously. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1977.
The Philosophy of Law (Oxford Readings in Philosophy). Ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.
A Matter of Principle. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985.
Law's Empire. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1986.
Philosophical Issues in Senile Dementia. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1987.
A Bill of Rights for Britain. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1990.
Life's Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
Freedom's Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.
Sovereign Virtue: The Theory and Practice of Equality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
A Badly Flawed Election: Debating Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court, and American Democracy. Ed. New York: New Press, 2002.
From Liberal Values to Democratic Transition: Essays in Honor of Janos Kis. Ed. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2004.
Justice in Robes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.
Is Democracy Possible Here? Principles for a New Political Debate. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006.
The Supreme Court Phalanx: The Court's New Right-Wing Bloc. New York: New York Review Books, 2008.
Justice for Hedgehogs. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.
A Theory of Justice. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
Political Liberalism. The John Dewey Essays in Philosophy, 4. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.
The Law of Peoples: with "The Idea of Public Reason Revisited." Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1999.
Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press, 2001.
Living Originalism (2011)
And then you can read (or brush up on) some by Locke, Rousseau, Kant, and Hobbes. After you've done that, you can read the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. I think this will give you a solid start into 1L, and you could really show-off academically.