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Overview

Capturing the suspense and excitement of the film industry, The Legal Movie Guide provides an easy way for professors to incorporate key scenes and films of a legal, judicial, or public policy nature into their course. Briefing 40 legal movies, entries include a synopsis of each film, its key facts, actors, length and overall rating. Going beyond just descriptions, it identifies key legal themes within each movie and correlates films to specific legal courses. Scenes are broken down into five to fifteen minute pieces and discussion suggestions provide tangible assignments students can complete after viewing each scene. Some films covered in thie guide include:

  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Accused
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • And Justice for All
  • Animal Farm
  • Body Heat
  • Changing Lanes
  • A Civil Action
  • Class Action
  • The Client
  • Criminal Law
  • Disclosure
  • Erin Brockovich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132197625
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/11/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Kent Kauffman is the Paralegal Studies Program Chair at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He is a graduate of Temple University and the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, and is the author Legal Ethics, a textbook published by West Legal Studies.

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Table of Contents


12 Angry Men     1
Key Themes: jury deliberations, reasonable doubt, prejudice versus fairness
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
The Accused     3
Key Themes: sexual assault and justice, plea bargaining, guilt by encouragement
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Interviewing
Anatomy of a Murder     5
Key Themes: insanity defense, questionable legal strategies, domestic violence
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Legal Ethics, Interviewing
And Justice for All     7
Key Themes: corruption in the legal system, injustice, judicial misbehavior, ethical dilemmas
Best Classroom Use: Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Criminal Procedure, Legal Ethics
Animal Farm     10
Key Themes: justice, freedom, government control, equality
Best Classroom Use: Constitutional Law, Introduction to Law
Body Heat     12
Key Themes: honesty, ethics, legal malpractice
Best Classroom Use: Wills and Trusts, Property
Changing Lanes     14
Key Themes: fraud and deceit in the practice of law, revenge
Best Classroom Use: Legal Ethics, Estates and Trusts
A Civil Action     16
Key Themes: litigation strategies and injustice, discovery tactics, hardball negotiation
Best Classroom Use: Civil Procedure, Litigation, Torts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Ethics
Class Action     19
Key Themes: litigation and legal ethics, productliability, law firm politics, father/daughter lawyers
Best Classroom Use: Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Litigation, Torts, Legal Ethics
The Client     22
Key Themes: honesty in litigation, attorney-client confidentiality
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Procedure, Legal Ethics, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Criminal Law     24
Key Themes: miscarriage of justice, attorney-client confidentiality, vigilantism
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Legal Ethics, Interviewing
Disclosure     26
Key Themes: sexual harassment, mediation
Best Classroom Use: Employment Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Erin Brockovich     28
Key Themes: toxic waste litigation, paralegal efforts, corporate fraud, overcoming personal and legal odds
Best Classroom Use: Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Litigation, Torts, Legal Ethics
A Few Good Men     30
Key Themes: military justice, the defense of superior orders, courtroom strategies
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
The Firm     33
Key Themes: corrupt lawyers, blackmail, racketeering, overbilling
Best Classroom Use: Legal Ethics, Criminal Law, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Jagged Edge     36
Key Themes: murder trial, ethics violations, lawyer-client involvement
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Legal Ethics, Litigation
Liar Liar     38
Key Themes: lawyer dishonesty, law office politics, marital property distribution
Best Classroom Use: Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Legal Ethics, Family Law, Contracts
The Life of David Gale     40
Key Themes: the death penalty, miscarriage of justice, ends justifying the means
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Introduction to Law
Minority Report     42
Key Themes: preventative justice and actus reus, crime control and constitutional safeguards
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Introduction to Law
My Cousin Vinny     44
Key Themes: fish out of water in the criminal justice system, wrongful accusation, mistaken identity, culture clashes
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Legal Ethics, Interviewing
Philadelphia     46
Key Themes: wrongful termination, illegal discrimination, AIDS and the legal system
Best Classroom Use: Civil Procedure, Torts, Employment Law, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Presumed Innocent     48
Key Themes: murder prosecution, litigation strategies, political maneuvering, revenge
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence
Primal Fear     50
Key Themes: insanity defense, honesty in litigation, corruption in the Catholic Church and in government
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Ethics
The Rainmaker     52
Key Themes: insurance company and wrongful death litigation, David vs. Goliath, lawyer ethics violations
Best Classroom Use: Legal Ethics, Civil Procedure, Litigation, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Runaway Jury     55
Key Themes: honesty in litigation, jury tampering, situational ethics
Best Classroom Use: Civil Procedure, Legal Ethics, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
The Star Chamber     57
Key Themes: justice vs. law, legal technicalities, misuse of power
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Procedure, Legal Ethics
A Time to Kill     59
Key Themes: racism and legal prejudice, vigilantism and the insanity defense, jury nullification and justice
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Legal Ethics
To Kill a Mockingbird     62
Key Themes: social injustice, racism, rape trial
Best Classroom Use: Introduction to Law, Criminal Law
The Verdict     64
Key Themes: medical malpractice, civil litigation, David vs. Goliath, redemption
Best Classroom Use: Civil Procedure, Litigation, Torts, Legal Ethics, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Wall Street     67
Key Themes: insider trading, business ethics, greed and redemption
Best Classroom Use: Business Law, Criminal Law, Legal Ethics, Introduction to Law
The War of the Roses     69
Key Themes: divorce and property distribution, spousal conflict
Best Classroom Use: Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Winslow Boy     71
Key Themes: justice, litigation risks
Best Classroom Use: Interviewing, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Young Mr. Lincoln     73
Key Themes: justice, wrongful accusation, courtroom shrewdness
Best Classroom Use: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Interviewing, Alternative Dispute Resolution
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