If you’re finding yourself binging TV shows and neglecting law school stuff, there’s a solution: fill your watch list with movies about the law. Need suggestions? We’ve got you covered! Here are the five must-watch law movies that will allow you to veg out while (sort of) studying!
1. My Cousin Vinny. Imagine passing the bar exam and then six weeks later defending your distant cousin in a murder trial. Although the movie will make you laugh uncontrollably at times, it accurately portrays the legal system. Each legal proceeding in the movie is based entirely on the correct procedural rules and substantive laws. For those looking to laugh and catch up on the rules of criminal law and evidence, this is definitely the movie for you!
2. Erin Brockovich. After getting your criminal law fix in, transition to civil litigation with the story of Erin Brockovich, an activist leading a lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric for contaminating water. Not only does this movie have a compelling and compassionate story line, but it also has great civil procedure tips!
3. The Lincoln Lawyer. We have the charm of Matthew McCaughey and the broodiness of Ryan Phillippe in one movie, so obviously it’s a must watch. Apart from any man crushes you may have, this movie gives you the excitement of a psychological thriller while exposing you to moral dilemmas in criminal defense.
4. On the Basis of Sex. Your law movie watching wouldn’t be complete without Notorious RBG. This movie follows the early life and cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not only does it allow to obsess over RBG a little more, but it makes us think about women’s rights, equality, and the fight for justice.
5. Legally Blonde. Okay, you couldn’t expect me to talk about law movies without talking about Elle and Bruiser Woods. Ending your law movie binge with Legally Blonde will not only having you laughing, but will also having you remember that if you want to be a partner in a law firm by the age of 30, then you need a partner who’s not such a complete bonehead. You’ll hear some legal terms like “subject matter jurisdiction” and “mens rea,” but you’ll mostly learn about fashion and hair care products. It’s a much needed break from the seriousness of the law to end your movie binge.
There you have it! Take a seat, grab some popcorn, and feel a little less guilty about spending your days watching TV. It’s technically studying if the movies are about the law, right?