Industry insiders say these are the 17 must-read books for aspiring lawyers and young attorneys

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If you’re looking to up your career, grow your network, or brush up on your knowledge about the legal world, reading is one way to do that.

A new corporate lawyer, for instance, would find a guide to financial markets by an ex-Hogan Lovells and Freshfields attorney helpful. And those who eventually want to land an in-house job at a company might pick up a copy of “The Insider Counsel Revolution,” written by the former general counsel of GE.

Business Insider spoke with 11 lawyers, GCs, and legal recruiters about the books they found the most interesting and eye-opening about the industry.

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“All You Need to Know About the City” by Christopher Stoakes

Now in its 15th year of publication, “All You Need to Know About the City” is known in the legal and financial circles as the essential guide to financial markets. It’s written by Christopher Stoakes, a former lawyer at Freshfields and Hogan Lovells.

Nathan Peart, recruiter at Major Lindsey & Africa, remarked, “It’s fantastic. When I first started recruiting, I read that and it basically explains all of the financial products available. And because of that legal writer context, it’s quite interesting. It’s a really good book that gives people a very fundamental understanding of how the money market works and how law firms are structured.”

“Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500” by Kara Baysinger and Michele Mayes

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Dentons partner Kara Baysinger and Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel at Allstate Insurance, interviewed more than 50 women who have held GC and high-profile management roles in legal departments.

“The book showcases stories by women who have ‘made it’ as successful GCs and legal executives,” explained Catherine Kevane, securities litigation partner at Fenwick & West. “The book is by women, for women, and pushes women toward to equity.”

“Crossing the Chasm” by Geoffrey Moore

Legal tech is on the rise, and lawyers both new and old should start looking into how they can use AI and software in their work, according to legal experts.

“This is a great book and should be required reading, specifically in legal tech,” said Leah Del Percio, who left DLA Piper to start her own legal tech company, Trustate. “It outlines in detail how the tech-adoption lifecycle works and underscores how crucial product market fit is along with delivering a product to market most efficiently. The legal industry has obviously been late to embrace technology and this book may help other entrepreneurs with this notoriously difficult customer segment.”

“Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins

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