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

Postby nikkilaw » Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:35 pm

Primal Fear is really good....I watched it a few years ago and I still recommend it to everyone I meet lol!

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

Postby jtb00711 » Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:49 pm

All The Kings Men

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

Postby ack » Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:21 am

Rand M. wrote:
glewz wrote:The Wire


Any other answers to this question are simply wrong.


+1

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

Postby tlslsnlsp » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:09 am

anyone read "the nine" about the justices? any good? any other books you'd recommend?

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

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:24 am

Rand M. wrote:
glewz wrote:The Wire


Any other answers to this question are simply wrong.


False
The Fountainhead; includes legal and trial aspects

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Postby 2Serious4Numbers » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:41 am

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

The Deep End was terrible.


I actually found the deep end (all 5 episodes) to be so ridiculous it was comic gold. If you look in retrospect at the amount of hooking up/drugs/ridiculous things that 1Ls never do (pleading a case their 1st day) -- it was actually kinda interesting seeing how badly a portrait CBS could paint for the general American

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

Postby piccolittle » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:13 am

Anyone say Bonfire of the Vanities?

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Postby grover23 » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:17 am

these are older movies, and probably not too true to the law - but i love Witness for the Prosecution, and 12 Angry Men. and obviously To Kill a Mockingbird.

also huuuuuge fan of the good wife !

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

Postby ksimon2007 » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:18 am

The Firm

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

Postby kwais » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:38 am

the paper chase is just about the worst, most over acted, sappy shit I've ever seen.

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

Postby tlslsnlsp » Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:02 am

shameless bump:

so no takers on "the nine" or other books, huh?

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

Postby piccolittle » Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:06 am

tlslsnlsp wrote:shameless bump:

so no takers on "the nine" or other books, huh?


lol Bonfire of the Vanities is a book. But it's a novel, so maybe not exactly what you're looking for.

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

Postby giddybiscuit » Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:13 am

Rumpole of the Bailey - great old BBC lawyer series starring Leo McKern (who played the Swami in the Beatles movie Help!, humorously)

also Amistad and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Law and Order UK is also worth checking out.

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

Postby Rand M. » Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:29 am

s0ph1e2007 wrote:
Rand M. wrote:
glewz wrote:The Wire


Any other answers to this question are simply wrong.


False
The Fountainhead; includes legal and trial aspects


I'm honestly sympathetic, but no. The Wire is the only piece of legal entertainment I have ever heard a professor recommend, and that has happened multiple times. The have a class based on the show at Chicago this year. There are no comparisons.

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

Postby dextermorgan » Wed Dec 22, 2010 6:36 pm

tlslsnlsp wrote:shameless bump:

so no takers on "the nine" or other books, huh?

I read The Nine a while ago. It was decent.

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

Postby secondcareer » Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:51 pm

Raising the Bar is ok.

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Postby DamnLSAT » Sat Dec 25, 2010 3:15 pm

The stuttering public defender from My Cousin Vinny is one of the greatest legal characters in any movie. His opening statements to the jury are pure gold.

"Ladies and Gentlemen of the ju-ju-ju-ju..."


Also, the deep end was terrible. Rowdy was the only good character - but, the nightclub they frequent is actually in Dallas, and I used to work there, so I shamelessly watched every episode.

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

Postby MPeterson » Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:19 pm

dextermorgan wrote:
tlslsnlsp wrote:shameless bump:

so no takers on "the nine" or other books, huh?

I read The Nine a while ago. It was decent.


This is about what I think. It was nothing spectacular.

Also +1 on The Wire and The Practice.

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

Postby kitmitzi » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:49 pm

I really liked Runaway Jury. No idea how relevant it is to law in real life, but I was entertained (then again, I'm also entertained by a laser pointer....so sorry if you hate it).

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

Postby YankeesFan » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:51 pm

12 Angry Men for sure

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

Postby 2011Law » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:53 pm

kitmitzi wrote:I really liked Runaway Jury. No idea how relevant it is to law in real life, but I was entertained (then again, I'm also entertained by a laser pointer....so sorry if you hate it).


lol, that movie blows more than waterworld. I guess if you liked waterworld, you'd like runaway jury.

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

Postby Lawquacious » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:53 pm

Anything mafia related, such as Al Pacino stuff. :wink:

Actually that's just is what I have been into recently.

Oh yeah, The Paper Chase and Presumed Innocent were cool lawyer-related movies.

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

Postby 2011Law » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:55 pm

Lawquacious wrote:Anything mafia related, such as Al Pacino stuff. :wink:

Actually that just is what I have been into recently.

Oh yeah, The Paper Chase and Presumed Innocent were cool lawyer-related movies.


You see And Justice For All...? No mafia stuff, but it was aight.

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

Postby ShuckingNotJiving » Sun Dec 26, 2010 8:50 pm

anything w. pacino is golden.

and justice for all.... is no exception. although it doesn't paint lawyers as heroic leaders of righteousness by any means. it might also turn you away from the field completely. but see it, because it's a great movie.

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

Postby pbutta123 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:46 pm

It depends on if you want mindless entertainment or intellectually gratifying entertainment, i spose....
Read The Brother's Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky- will change your life/perspective/attitude toward law & life.
For legal philosophy..HLA Hart's Concept of Law is pretty bomb, easy to read and captures the dominant philosophy held by most lawyers and judges whether they realize it or not (opinion obviously)
Read a natural law philosopher if you want to balance that out though...




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