Richard L. Abel (ed.), The Law & Society Reader. New York: New York University Press, 1995. A series of often-cited groundbreaking articles that have all appeared in the Law & Society Review.
Mary P. Baumgartner (ed.), The Social Organization of Law. 2nd ed. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1999. A set of empirical studies on how social factors affect legal behavior. See also Sarats compendium of the same title that covers additional areas on the topic.
Kitty Calavita, Invitation to Law and Society: An Introduction to the Study of Real Law, 2nd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2016. A brief introduction to the basics of the field and a starting point for additional readings.
David S. Clark (ed.), Encyclopedia of Law and Society. Three volumes. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007. A comprehensive, international treatment of the law and society field with more than 700 biographical, historical, comparative, topical, thematic, and methodological entries.
Neil J. Diamant, Stanley B. Lubman, and Kevin J. O'Brien (eds.), Engaging the Law in China: State, Society, and Possibilities for Justice. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005. A collection of interdisciplinary articles on the various facets of law and legal system in contemporary China.
Werner Ende and Udo Steinbach (eds.), Islam in the World Today: A Handbook of Politics, Religion, Culture, and Society. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010. A singlevolume authoritative reference work on Islam providing background information on religious, cultural, social, and political life essential for understanding Islamic law.
Bryan A. Garner, Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2001. Just to show that it can be done.
Patrick Glenn, Legal Traditions of the World: Sustainable Diversity in Law. 5th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. An overview of the legal traditions that serve the foundation of the world's major societies.
Wael B. Hallaq, An Introduction to Islamic Law. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009. An illuminating book about the history and doctrines of Islamic law.
E. Adamson Hoebel, The Law of Primitive Man: A Study in Comparative Legal
Dynamics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1954. A classic treatise from an anthropologist of law in traditional societies.
Richard Lempert and Joseph Sanders, An Invitation to Law and Social Science: Desert, Disputes, and Distribution. New York: Longman, 1986. A timeless and influential interdisciplinary analysis of law and the legal system written by two law professors for students in both law and the social sciences.
George Mousourakis, A Legal History of Rome. New York: Routledge, 2007. An
informative history of Roman law from the earliest period of Roman history up to and including Justinian's codification in the sixth century A.D. and its implications on modern law.
Alain Pottage and Martha Mundy (eds.), Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social: Making Persons and Things. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
A collection of articles on the various facets of the relationship between law and anthropology.
Ronald Roesch, Steven D. Dart, and James R. P. Ogloff (eds.), Psychology and the Law: The State of the Discipline. Reprint ed. New York: Plenum Publishing Corporation, 2013. A good overview of major issues and contributions of psychology to the understanding of law, legal systems, and processes. A useful supplement to the law and society literature.
Austin Sarat (ed.), Social Organization of Law. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing Company, 2004. A collection of articles by noted scholars on the various aspects of the social organization of law in society. See also Baumgartner's book mentioned earlier, which covers additional areas on the topic.
Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearns (eds.), Law in the Domains of Culture. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000. A collection of essays on law's relations to culture and on the role of cultural analysis of law.
Marjorie S. Zatz, Producing Legality: Law and Socialism in Cuba. New York: Routledge, 1994. A fascinating exploration of the various facets of Cuba's legal system that are still in place today and a good resource for anyone interested in the comparative study of legal systems.