Most Cited Law Books

Legal Research Guides

Updated Jan. 14, 2005
Prepared by Mary Whisner.

Among all the thousands of books about law and related fields, which ones are most influential? Or, if we can?t measure influence directly, which ones are cited the most often in articles in law review and social science journals? One study gives us a snapshot:

Fred R. Shapiro, The Most-Cited Legal Books Published Since 1978, 29 J. Legal Stud. 397 (2000), available on Westlaw and LexisnNexis.

Mr. Shapiro created four lists of books published since 1978:

Citations for multiple editions of one work were combined.

Here are the lists sorted by author, with their call numbers in the Gallagher Law Library (or, if not available here, in the University of Washington Libraries). (The article has the lists sorted by number of articles citing each work.) The lists are used in this guide with the permission of Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian for Collections and Access, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.

The Fifty Most Cited Legal Books (1978-1999)

Compiled by Fred R. Shapiro

Author Title Gallagher Law Library
(or UW Libraries)
Ackerman, Bruce A. Social Justice in the Liberal State (1980) JC571 .A135 at Classified Stacks
Ackerman, Bruce A. We the People (1991, 1998) KF4541 .A8 1991 at Classified Stacks
Ackerman, Bruce A.
Hassler, William T.
Clean Coal/Dirty Air: Or How the Clean Air Act Became a Multibillion-Dollar Bail-Out for High-Sulfur Coal Producers and What Should Be Done about It KF3812 .A93 at Classified Stacks
Bell, Derrick A., Jr. And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice (1987) (1989) E185.615 .B39 1987 at Classified Stacks
Bork, Robert H. The Antitrust Paradox: A Policy at War with Itself (1978) (1993) KF1649 .B67 at Classified Stacks [1978]
KF1649 .B67 1993 at Classified Stacks
Bork, Robert H. The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law (1990) KF5130 .B59 1990 at Classified Stacks
Breyer, Stephen G. Regulation and Its Reform (1982) HD3616.U47 B68 at Classified Stacks
Calabresi, Guido Common Law for the Age of Statutes (1982) KF425 .C34 at Classified Stacks
Calabresi, Guido
Bobbit, Philip
Tragic Choices (1978) H61 .C23 1978 at Classified Stacks
Choper, Jesse H. Judicial Review and the National Political Process: A Functional Reconsideration of the Role of the Supreme Court (1980) KF8748 .C39 at Classified Stacks
Dworkin, Ronald M. A Matter of Principle (1985) KF380 .D85 1985 at Classified Stacks
Dworkin, Ronald M. Law?s Empire (1986) K230.D9 L39 1986 at Classified Stacks
Dworkin, Ronald M. Taking Rights Seriously (1978) K240 .D86 1978 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks
Easterbrook, Frank H.
Fischel, Daniel R.
The Economic Structure of Corporate Law (1991) KF1416 .E27 1991 at Classified Stacks
Ellickson, Robert C. Order without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes (1991) K370 .E45 1991 at Classified Stacks
Ely, John Hart Democracy and Distrust: A Theory of Judicial Review (1980) KF4575 .E4 at Classified Stacks
Epstein, Richard A. Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain KF5599 .E67 1985 at Classified Stacks
Estrich, Susan Real Rape (1987) KF9329 .E87 1987 at Classified Stacks
Farber, Daniel A.
Frickey, Philip P.
Law and Public Choice: A Critical Introduction (1991) K487.E3 F37 1991 at Classified Stacks
Fish, Stanley E. Doing What Comes Naturally: Change, Rhetoric, and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies (1989) PN441 .F44 1989 at Classified Stacks
Fletcher, George P. Rethinking Criminal Law (1978) KF5018 .F57 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks
Fried, Charles Contract as Promise: A Theory of Contractual Obligation (1981) K840 .F74 at Classified Stacks
Fried, Charles Right and Wrong (1978) BJ1012 .F74 at Classified Stacks
Friedman, Lawrence M. A History of American Law (2d ed. 1985) KF352 .F7 1985 at Classified Stacks
Glendon, Mary Ann Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse (1991) KF4749 .G54 1991 at Classified Stacks
Goldstein, Joseph
Freud, Anna
Solnit, Albert J.
Before the Best Interests of the Child (1979) KF547 .G64 at Classified Stacks
Beyond the Best Interests of the Child (1979) KF547 .G65 at Classified Stacks [1973 ed.]
HV713 .G54 1979 at UW Libraries
In the Best Interests of the Child: Professional Boundaries (1986) KF547 .I5 1986 at UW Libraries
The Best Interest of the Child: The Least Detrimental Alternative (1996) KF547 .G64 at Classified Stacks
Hastie, Reid
Penrod, Steven D.
Pennington, Nancy
Inside the Jury (1983) KF8972 .H3 1983 at UW Libraries
Heinz, John P.
Laumann, Edward O.
Chicago Lawyers: The Social Structure of the Bar (1982) (1994) KF297 .H42 1982 at Classified Stacks
Horwitz, Morton J. The Transformation of American Law, 1870-1960: The Crisis of Legal Orthodoxy (1992) KF380 .H67 1992 at Classified Stacks
Huber, Peter W. Liability: The Legal Revolution and Its Consequences (1988) KF1250 .H8 1988 at Classified Stacks
Kairys, David The Politics of Law: A Progressive Critique (1982) (1990) (1998) KF8700 .P65 1982 at Classified Stacks KF8700 .P65 1990 at Classified Stacks KF8700 .P65 1998 at Reference Area
Kelman, Mark G. A Guide to Critical Legal Studies (1987) K230.K43 G85 1987 at Classified Stacks
Landes, William M.
Posner, Richard A.
The Economic Structure of Tort Law (1987) KF1251 .L36 1987 at Classified Stacks
MacKinnon, Catharine A. Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law (1987) KF478 .M25 1987 at Classified Stacks
MacKinnon, Catharine A. Sexual Harassment of Working Women: A Case of Sex Discrimination (1979) KF3467 .M3 at Classified Stacks
MacKinnon, Catharine A. Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (1989) K644 .M33 1989 at Classified Stacks
Macneil, Ian R. The New Social Contract: An Inquiry into Modern Contractual Relations (1980) K840 .M3 at Classified Stacks
Mashaw, Jerry L. Bureaucratic Justice: Managing Social Security Disability Claims (1983) KF3650.5 .M37 1983 at Classified Stacks
Minow, Martha L. Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law (1990) K627 .M56 1990 at Classified Stacks
Perry, Michael J. The Constitution, the Courts, and Human Rights: An Inquiry into the Legitimacy of Constitutional Policymaking by the Judiciary (1982) KF4749 .P43 1982 at Classified Stacks
Posner, Richard A. See also Landes (coauthored work) KF1251 .L36 1987 at Classified Stacks
Posner, Richard A. The Economics of Justice (1981) (1983) JC578 .P67 at Classified Stacks
Posner, Richard A. The Federal Courts: Crisis and Reform (1985) KF8700 .P67 1985 at Classified Stacks
The Federal Courts: Challenge and Reform (1996) KF8700 .P67 1996 at Classified Stacks
Posner, Richard A. The Problems of Jurisprudence (1990) K230.P665 P76 1990 at Classified Stacks
Shavell, Steven Economic Analysis of Accident Law (1987) K923 .S5 1987 at Classified Stacks
Stevens, Robert B. Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980s (1983) KF272 .S8 1983 at Classified Stacks
Sunstein, Cass R. After the Rights Revolution: Reconceiving the Regulatory State (1990) KF3300 .S86 1990 at Classified Stacks
Tushnet, Mark V. Red, White, and Blue: A Critical Analysis of Constitutional Law (1988) KF4575 .T87 1988 at Classified Stacks
White, James Boyd When Words Lose Their Meaning: Constitutions and Reconstitutions of Language, Character, and Community (1984) P106 .W574 1984 at Classified Stacks
Williams, Patricia J. The Alchemy of Race and Rights (1991) KF4757 .W53 1991 at Reference Area
Woodward, Bob
Armstrong, Scott
The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979) KF8742 .W66 at Classified Stacks


The Twenty Most Cited Legal Texts and Treatises (1978-1999)

Compiled by Fred R. Shapiro

Author Title Gallagher Law Library
Areeda, Phillip E.
Turner, Donald F.
Antitrust Law: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles and Their Application KF1649 .A7 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks
Collier, William M. Collier on Bankruptcy KF1524 .C63 at Reference Area
Davis, Kenneth Culp Administrative Law Treatise (1978-84) KF5402 .D32 1979 at Classified Stacks
Davis, Kenneth Culp
Pierce, Richard J. Pierce, Jr.
Administrative Law Treatise (1994) KF5402 .D32 1994 at Classified Stacks
Farnsworth, E. Allan Contracts (1982)
Farnsworth on Contracts (1990) (1998)
KF801 .F365 1982 at Classified Stacks
KF801 .F366 1990 at Classified Stacks
KF801 .F367 1998 at Classified Stacks
Gunther, Gerald Cases and Materials on Constitutional Law (1980) Constitutional Law (1985) (1991) KF4549 .G85 1980 at Classified Stacks
KF4549 .G85 1985 at Classified Stacks
KF4549 .G85 1991 at Classified Stacks
Gunther, Gerald
Sullivan, Kathleen
Constitutional Law (1997) KF4549 .G85 1997 at Classified Stacks
Keeton, W. Page, et al. Prosser and Keeton on the Law of Torts (1984) KF1250 .P73 1984 at Classified Stacks
LaFave, Wayne R.
Scott, Austin W., Jr.
Criminal Law (1986) KF9219 .L38 1986 at Classified Stacks
LaFave, Wayne R.
Israel, Jerold H.
Criminal Procedure (1984) (1985) (1992) KF9619 .L342 1984 at Classified Stacks
KF9619 .L34 1985 at Classified Stacks
KF9619 .L34 1992 at Classified Stacks
McCormick, Charles T. McCormick on Evidence (1984) (1992) KF8935 .M29 1984b at Classified Stacks KF8935 .M29 1992b at Classified Stacks
Moore, J. W., et al. Moore?s Federal Practice KF8820.A313 M63 1997 at Reference Area
Nimmer, Melville B. Nimmer on Copyright: A Treatise on the Law of Literary, Musical and Artistic Property, and the Protection of Ideas KF2991.5 .N5 1978 at Reference Area
Nowak, John E.
Rotunda, Ronald D.
Constitutional Law (1991) (1995) KF4550 .N6 1991 at Classified Stacks
KF4550 .N6 1995 at Classified Stacks
Nowak, John E.
Rotunda, Ronald D.
Young, J. Nelson
Handbook on Constitutional Law (1978) (1983) Constitutional Law (1983) (1986) KF4550 .N6 1983 at Classified Stacks
KF4550 .N6 1983A at Classified Stacks
KF4550 .N6 1986 at Classified Stacks
Posner, Richard A. Economic Analysis of Law (1986) (1992) (1998) KF385 .P65 1986 at Classified Stacks KF385 .P65 1992 at Classified Stacks KF385 .P65 1998 at Classified Stacks
Tribe, Laurence H. American Constitutional Law (1978) (1988) KF4550 .T785 at Classified Stacks
KF4550 .T785 1988 at Classified Stacks
Weinstein, Jack B.
Berger, Margaret A.
McLaughlin, Joseph
Weinstein's Evidence
Weinstein's Federal Evidence
KF8935 .W39 1997 at Classified Stacks
White, James J.
Summers, Robert S.
Handbook of the Law under the Uniform Commercial Code (1980)
Uniform Commercial Code (1988-93) (1995)
KF890 .W45 1980 at Classified Stacks
KF890 .W452 1988 at Classified Stacks
KF890 .W45 1995 at Classified Stacks
Wigmore, John Henry Wigmore on Evidence KF8935 .W54 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks          
Wolfram, Charles W. Modern Legal Ethics (1986) KF306 .W59 1986b at Reference Area
Wright, Charles Alan The Law of Federal Courts (1983) (1994) KF8840 .W7 1983b at Classified Stacks KF8840 .W7 1994 at Classified Stacks
Wright, Charles Alan, et al. Federal Practice and Procedure (?Wright & Miller?) KF8840 .W68 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks

British Legal Books Most Cited in Social Sciences Citation Index (1978-1999)

Compiled by Fred R. Shapiro

Author Title Gallagher Law Library
Atiyah, P. S. The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract (1979) KD1554 .A98 at Classified Stacks
Baker, J. H. An Introduction to English Legal History (1979)(1990) KD532 .B34 1979 at Classified Stacks
KD532 .B34 1990 at Classified Stacks
Brownlie, Ian Principles of Public International Law (1979) (1990) (1998) KZ3225.B76 A37 1979 at Classified Stacks
KZ3225.B76 A37 1990 at Classified Stacks
KZ3225.B76 A37 1998 at Classified Stacks
Finnis, John Natural Law and Natural Rights (1980) K460 .F57 at Classified Stacks
Hart, H. L. A. Tony Honor?/td> Causation in the Law (1985) K940 .H37 1985 at Classified Stacks
MacCormick, Neil Legal Reasoning and Legal Theory (1978) (1994) K213 .M28 at Classified Stacks
K213 .M28 1994 at Classified Stacks
Raz, Joseph The Morality of Freedom (1986) JC571 .R39 1986 at UW Libraries
Raz, Joseph The Authority of Law: Essays on Law and Morality (1979) BJ55 .R4 at Classified Stacks
Smart, Carol Feminism and the Power of Law (1989) K370 .S63 1989 at UW Libraries
Williams, Glanville L. Textbook of Criminal Law (1978) (1983) KD7869 .W54 at Classified Stacks


Nonlegal Books Most Cited in Legal Periodicals (1978-1999)

Compiled by Fred R. Shapiro

Author Title Gallagher Law Library
Axelrod, Robert M. The Evolution of Cooperation (1984) HM131 .A89 1984 at Classified Stacks
Fish, Stanley E. Is There a Text in this Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities (1980) PN81 .F56 at UW Libraries
PN81 .F56 at UW Libraries
Fisher, Roger D. & William Ury Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving in (1981) (1991) BF637.N4 F57 at Classified Stacks
BF637.N4 F57 1991 at Reference Area
Foucault, Michel Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977 (1980) HM291 .F59 1980 at UW Libraries
Geertz, Clifford Local Knowledge: Further Essays in Interpretive Anthropology (1983) GN316 .G43 1983 at UW Libraries
Gilligan, Carol In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development (1982) HQ1206 .G58 1982 at Classified Stacks
Loftus, Elizabeth F. Eyewitness Testimony (1979) (1996) KF9672 .L63 at UW Libraries
KF9672 .L63 1996 at Reference Area
Lowi, Theodore J. The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States (1979). HM276 .L57 1979 at Classified Stacks
MacIntyre, Alasdair C. After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (1981) (1984) BJ1012 .M325 1984 at Classified Stacks
Mueller, Dennis C. Public Choice (1979)
Public Choice II (1989)
JF1001 .M78 at UW Libraries
JF1001 .M78 1989 at UW Libraries
Nisbett, Richard E. Human Inference; Strategies and Shortcomings of Social Judgment (1980) BF311 .N57 at UW Libraries
Rawls, John Political Liberalism (1993) (1996) JC578 .R37 1993 at Classified Stacks
JC578 .R37 1996  at UW Libraries
Rorty, Richard Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979) B53 .R68 at UW Libraries
Samuelson, Paul A. Economics (1980)
Economics (1985) (1989) (1992) (1995) (1998)
HB171.5 .S25 1980 at UW Libraries
HB172.5 .S255 1992 at UW Libraries
HB171.5 .S25 1995 at UW Libraries
HB171.5 .S25 1998 at UW Libraries
Sandel, Michael J. Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982) JC578 .S26 at Classified Stacks
Scherer, F.M. Industrial Market Structure and Economic Performance (1980) (1990) HD2326 .S286 1980 at Classified Stacks
HD2326 .S286 1990 at Classified Stacks
Walzer, Michael Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality (1983) JC575 .W34 1983 at Classified Stacks
Weitzman, Lenore J. The Divorce Revolution:  The Unexpected Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in America (1985) KF535 .W43 1985 at Reference Area
Williamson, Oliver E. The Economic Institution of Capitalism: Firms, Markets, Relational Contracting (1985) HB99.5 .W55 1985 at UW Libraries
Wilson, William J. The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy (1987) HV4045 .W55 1987 at UW Libraries


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