So, I have set aside A History of American Law for now in favor of Law 101: Everything You Need to Know about the American Legal System, which contains a very broad overview of the subjects taught during the first year of law school. I think this book is what I was looking for -- something that will familiarize me with the concepts and terms that I will be learning, without being too heavy or going into too much detail. But I also ordered a few books to go a little more in depth on the classes I will be taking in my first semester: Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts, Torts in a Nutshell, and Civil Procedure in a Nutshell. I think these four books are going to be the extent of my preparation in terms of trying to partially pre-learn what I will be learning in law school. I also will be reading several books on skills that I will need for law school -- Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell, Getting to Maybe, An Introduction to Legal Reasoning and Academic Legal Writing:. The rest of my reading will be for background (Gideon's Trumpet), about issues I am interested in (The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care), or just for fun (The Best of Rumpole). See all the books I have so far here.