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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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What Movies Can Teach Law Students

What Movies Can Teach Law Students

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(p.183) What Movies Can Teach Law Students
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Law and Popular Culture
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John Denvir

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0011

This chapter looks at what motion pictures can teach law students. It argues that contrary to the conventional wisdom, motion pictures give law students a positive image of the law. It explains that this is because the typical ‘lawyer’ film depicts the lawyer as a hero attempting to wrench justice from the bad legal system, which serves as the villain. It provides interpretation of six ‘lawyer’ films including Young Mr. Lincoln, True Believer, and ...and Justice for All.

Keywords:   law films, law students, legal system, lawyers, Young Mr. Lincoln, True Believer

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