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November 24, 2022

A few law movies that I hope will not drive you insane (or to worry about insanity doctrines)

In our very quick review of insanity doctrines, I mentioned that insanity claims often get more attention in courtroom movies rather than in actual courtrooms.  I showed one clip from Anatomy of a Murder (1959), and I would recommend highly the full movie.  For a more recent movie with some insanity talk, check out Primal Fear (1996).  In addition, Nuts (1986) is an interesting movie addressing competency to stand trial.

Partially to provide a reminder that you should be doing a lot more than just studying even as exams approach, I though it might be fun to also post some other law-themes movie recommendations.  Of course, you may not find it relaxing to watch law movies, I cannot resist noting some of my favorites in this genre:

I have intentionally left out law school movies, but at some point every law student should find time for the classics of The Paper Chase (1973) and Legally Blonde (2001).  

I am going to try to make sure the comments here stay open so everyone can share movie recommendations (law or otherwise).

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Hi, everyone should watch Little Women. There is no law in this at all but 10/10.

Posted by: Zarah | Nov 28, 2022 12:07:29 PM

This is not a movie, but everyone should watch Glee. There are so many crimes that take place that are nonchalantly addressed (ex: Will Shuester planting marijuana on Finn so he has to either face charges or join the Glee Club), which make the show very interesting and out of pocket. Also, Glee is satire which makes the fact that it is so bad actually very funny.

Posted by: Rachel Peterson | Nov 28, 2022 1:37:28 PM

lot of crimes in glee, it's true

Posted by: mehek | Nov 28, 2022 1:38:18 PM

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