Are you struggling to make heads or tails of criminal
law or criminal procedure? Or perhaps you’re looking for a different,
nontraditional way to engage with the material? Well, have we got the books for
The Kathrine R. Everett Law Library has recently acquired
two comic book paperbacks written and drawn by defense attorney Nathaniel Burney. The books resulted
from the development of an ever-expanding web comic known as the Illustrated Guide to Law.
You can find The Illustrated Guide to
Criminal Law and The
Illustrated Guide to Criminal Procedure in the law library’s Study Aids
collection. Both books are quite comprehensive and roughly track the subject
matter covered in a typical law school course on each topic. The Illustrated
Guide to Criminal Procedure also includes a 16-page flowchart on 4th Amendment
search and seizure. (But please, don’t cut it out of the book!)
Oh, and if you really love these books or do your best
exam prep on your feet, you can shell out some cash for the 4th Amendment
Flowchart Shower Curtain, available from Burney’s website.
For related reading, I recommend subscribing to the “Abnormal Use” products-liability blog from
the attorneys at Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A., especially the “Friday Links” posts, which often
incorporate comic book covers. Law
and the Multiverse also tackles the intersection of comic books and law,
but instead of illustrating law with comics, it considers what legal doctrines
might apply in fictional comic book universes.
Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Wed. April 13, 2016 3:24 PM