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recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby idfatq » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:05 pm

I asked for biglaw specific recommendations in a different thread, but how about just generally lawyer-related stuff? one of my friends religiously watches/watched boston legal, the deep end, and SVU. i saw an episode or two of each with him and even though i don't know much about lawyers i suspect none of them are that accurate (or entertaining, for that matter). what else you got?

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby 2011Law » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:25 pm

how many of these threads must there be? have people just never heard of Google before? do you understand the basic concept of the internet?

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby viking138 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:29 pm

Grouchy much?


I love The Good Wife. People don't get into court that quickly, but some of it is definitely accurate according to my civil procedure class. Also, it's very well scripted, acted, and plotted.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby Aqualibrium » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:34 pm

I've heard that the Good Wife is good.

I've been watching Law and Order SVU a lot lately, and I'm really amazed at how accurate they tend to be with procedural things. I'm a 2L whose been to a few trials, taken 2 evidence courses, and done a trial competition, so I know a little about how things work in the court room. SVU tends to capture things like Daubert hearings, and evidentiary issues very accurately.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby starrydreamz3 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:37 pm

John Grisham novels <3

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby glewz » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:38 pm

2011Law wrote:how many of these threads must there be? have people just never heard of Google before? do you understand the basic concept of the internet?


yeah...calm down. if you really look through the threads, there are like 3-4 copies of almost every subject. And within each thread, there are Tons of people saying the same thing - especially the Dec 2010 LSAT waiting thread. not a big deal - get in the Christmas spirit :shock:

Movies: Michael Clayton, Pelican Brief, Rainmaker, A Few Good Men, The Paper Chase, and for the sake of the holiday season, Miracle on 34th St. :wink:

TV Shows: Boston Legal, Law & Order, The Wire, Damages, West Wing

Books: 1L, Law School Confidential, Getting to Maybe are the only one's I'm aware of.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby dextermorgan » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:47 pm

The Defenders is decent. The Practice was good (you can find the first few seasons on Hulu).

The Deep End was terrible.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby Aqualibrium » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:48 pm

I've also heard the wire is really illustrates what you'll learn in Crim Pro very well.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby clintonius » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:48 pm

My Cousin Vinny is TCR

The Wire is also probably good for Crim Law, especially conspiracy stuff.

Boston Legal is entertaining as hell, but for the most part is nothing like the real world of law.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby vissidarte27 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:25 pm

Thirding "The Good Wife." Don't know how accurate it is, legally, but it's a very well-written, well-acted piece of television. And it's only in its second season, so it wouldn't take long to catch up.

Books: I enjoyed One L, thought Law School Confidential was a bunch of crap, and haven't read Getting to Maybe yet (though I plan to). The book I'm reading right now is titled "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury" and consists of ten notable closing arguments and their background (reading the closing for the Nüremburg trials right now). Interesting reading.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby Montevillian » Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:36 pm

The Devil's Advocate- I found it a little bit too long and a bit predictable at times, but it's still a pretty cool movie.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby Rand M. » Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:41 pm

glewz wrote:The Wire


Any other answers to this question are simply wrong.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby anthropologieaddict » Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:42 pm

Aqualibrium wrote:I've heard that the Good Wife is good.

I've been watching Law and Order SVU a lot lately, and I'm really amazed at how accurate they tend to be with procedural things. I'm a 2L whose been to a few trials, taken 2 evidence courses, and done a trial competition, so I know a little about how things work in the court room. SVU tends to capture things like Daubert hearings, and evidentiary issues very accurately.


Will add to the Good Wife chorus, I LOVE the show, it is so well done, I just got my boyfriend into in (who is an attorney) and it didn't take long to bring him up to speed at all.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby anthropologieaddict » Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:43 pm

Rand M. wrote:
glewz wrote:The Wire


Any other answers to this question are simply wrong.


I was just given five seasons of the wire and am looking forward to watching it.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby joebloe » Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:58 pm

Anything where the main character is a defense attorney who successfully fights his/her client's first degree murder charge by getting the real killer to suddenly confess on the stand. :wink:

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby lifestooquick » Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:02 pm

I loved The Practice. Am currently watching The West Wing and am obsessed.

Gonna add The Good Wife to my "to watch" list :)

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby ahduth » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:15 pm

Harvey Birdman duh.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby Kobe_Teeth » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:16 pm

A Civil Action
Michael Clayton
A Few Good Men

Law & Order - duh.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby ahduth » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:20 pm

Midnight Express?

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby 2011Law » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:28 pm

How does no one mention A Civil Action, is it just cited so often that it is assumed?

Also, Erin Brokovich, Philadelphia, The Verdict, And Justice For All (the scene with Pacino after his partner f*cks up his case and the resulting consequences got me misty eyed, I'm sensitive like that).

EDIT: lol, missed someone writing A Civil Action
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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby Shooter » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:28 pm

If you are way too excited about law school and the legal profession, Michael Clayton will bring you back down to earth.

If you are apprehensive and don't really know whether or not biglaw is for you, The Devil's Advocate will inspire you.

But if you could only watch one, watch The Devil's Advocate... twice.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby hellojd » Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:44 am

A Civil Action (I can only recommend the book, never saw the movie)

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby kazu » Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:57 am

LOVING The Good Wife. Damages was also good.

Am also a fan of Boston Legal, the West Wing, the Practice, etc. The Deep End was horrific though - thank god it got canceled.

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Re: recommend a law-related book/tv show/movie

Postby piccolittle » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:03 am

Law & Order: Trial by Jury and SVU are really good, and actually helped cement some of the principles into my head when I was studying for the bar. I hated criminal law until I started watching them, tbh.

Watched my first episodes of The Good Wife last night - loved it, except if she puts on a wounded look when someone mentions her husband one more time I'm gonna smash my computer. lol




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