What else could you buy for the price of a law school textbook?

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Subbing statute books for student staples


It’s common knowledge in law student circles that textbooks are really, really expensive.

Buying a copy of each text on your essential reading list will set you back hundreds of pounds, and here at Legal Cheek we’ve been wondering what else penny-pinching undergraduate students could be spending their precious money on.

Here are our suggestions…

1. One copy of Lloyd’s Introduction to Jurisprudence = four bottles of Sainsbury’s basics vodka


Instead of buying a copy of this fascinating read, RRP £46.63, why not destroy your liver with four bottles of own brand vodka, priced at £10.50 a pop, instead? A word of warning: this is not recommended for people unable to carry heavy books to and from the library (this one’s a whopping 1,640 pages long).

2. One copy of Craig and de Burca’s EU Law = seven months’ worth of Netflix


This EU law bible is a staple on law school reading lists, but it doesn’t come cheap. Why splash out £41.99 for the fifth edition text when you could watch Netflix for seven months instead?

3. Blackstone’s Statutes on Property Law = 20kg of pasta


Think of all the hangovers 20kg of Sainsbury’s pasta (at £1.20 a kg) will cure. Think of all the pain Blackstone’s Statutes of Property Law (£23.77) will cause. Enough said.

4. One copy of Street on Torts = 15 Starbucks grande strawberries and cream frappachinos


£53.20 for a boring book; £3.65 for a delicious drink. Go figure.

5. One copy of Dignam’s Company Law = a year-long 16-25 railcard


With both student necessities coming in at around £30, we vote opting for Dignam’s book (£31.99) because you won’t have any free time to use the railcard anyway ☺

6. One copy of Herring’s Criminal Law = nine Nando’s quarter chicken breasts


Fun fact: a copy of this criminal law textbook costs £37.99; for the same price you could cover your chicken costs for nine Nando’s trips. For our vegetarian readers, you could get six portobello mushroom and grilled halloumi burgers for that price.

7. One copy of Jackson’s Medical Law = 24 litres of Strongbow


This medical law textbook comes in at a rather naff £38.99. Pop down to Sainsburys and you could get 12 of the store’s finest two-litre bottles of Strongbow for that price.

8. One copy of Partington’s Introduction to the English Legal System = one ticket to Thorpe Park


While £24.99 might not seem a lot as far as law textbooks go, for 76p more you could be savvy, cut out the two for one vouchers they do in newspapers sometimes, avoid revision and go to Thorpe Park for the day.

9. One copy of Hudson’s Equity and Trusts = 35 Uber miles


This boring trusts and equity book costs a ridiculous £43.99. For that, you could travel around London in an UberX for 35 miles (much more fun).

10. One copy of Anson’s Law of Contract = 30 king size chicken and mushroom pot noodles


A contract law book for £39.99 may get you well on your way to a law degree and a stable career, but it won’t feed you for a month like 30 king size pot noodles (£1.32 each) will. Choose wisely.



I’m writing this in bed after having finally quit my boring law job. Feels good, man.



Yawn. Find another generic comment.



It’s not a generic comment, I just quit being a solicitor last week, and I did indeed type that comment in bed.



Good for you! Hope your new non-law life is awesome



Maybe Katie could buy a friend?



Katie King is my Queen.



It’s all very well complaining about the cost of being a student, but the cost of living just gets worse the older you get.



Briana, is that you again?



Shoot me now.



I’m sorry, but I am a recent U.S. law school graduate. Your texts are a fraction of what (even used) copies are here. Not complaining, but… I’m complaining. I am actually NOT saying you should feel lucky, I am saying that we suck.



So many complaints, I actually enjoyed this article.



Why the hell did you feel necessary to write this? Katie, honestly….


UCLan Student

If your university isn’t buying them for you then you’re getting ripped off 😂


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