Gordon Smith at Conglomerate posed the question "If you could recommend only one book for an incoming law student, what would it be?"
Larry Ribstein recommended a book, a movie, and a song.
None of these, however, either speak to law students via the medium they are most attached to nor will they really prepare a law student for the challenges of professional practice that lie ahead (with the possible exception of Larry's recommendation of the Clash's version of I Fought the Law and the Law Won).
To remedy those omissions, I recommend a television series, namely Rumpole of the Bailey. Here, you have a fictional character who faces real life problems: clients who consistently lie to him, more successful partners who are constantly trying to stab him in the back, a spouse who doesn't understand why he's not as successful as her father, and judges who are his intellectual inferiors and who display a consistent pro-prosecutor bias. Yet, he perseveres. Kinda like most of the practicing lawyers I know.
Memo to Law School Professors: Law school should, in addition to training students in the intellectual discipline of the legal system, prepare them to practice as well.