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Law-Related Movies

Since I am an avid fan of movies, I have included on this site an updated version of law-related movies that I had created for my students when I was teaching legal research and writing at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

The 202 law-related movies listed on this site have been arbitrarily limited to those that contain one or more of the following features: interesting courtroom scenes, portrayal of lawyers, themes of justice or liberty, or discussion of substantive legal issues. Generally excluded are films with a focus on political issues or crime. I have recently started to also add selected lawyer-related dramas/series available on Netflix Canada and Prime Video.

The pages on this site are divided into the following topics:

For more extensive lists of law-related movies, see any of the following:

  • Paul Mastrangelo, "Lawyers and the Law: A Filmography" (1983) 3 Leg Ref Serv Q 31.
  • Paul Mastrangelo, "Lawyers and the Law: A Filmography II" (1986) 5 Leg Ref Serv Q 5.
  • Paul Mastrangelo, "Lawyers and the Law: A Television Filmography" (1988) 8 Leg Ref Serv Q 135.
  • The Oklahoma Legal Group Blog: "Best Legal Movies of All Time" (13 January 2014). Contains a detailed infographic ranking law-related movies by Oscar / Academic Awards, among other things.
  • Michael Asimow, "Bad Lawyers in the Movies" (2000) 24 Nova Law Review 533 (HeinOnline version)

See also:

  • Sonia Buck, "Movie Therapy for Law Students (and Their Instructors)" (2011) 36 Can Law Lib Rev 64 (HeinOnline version).

In addition, the Faculty Lounge blog has a number of entries relating to law-related movies (click here).

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  Cover of 4th edition of Legal Research and Writing
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Legal Research and Writing:
4th Edition

by Ted Tjaden

Softcover 512 pgs.
Published: January 2016
Paperback: 978-1-55221-414-5
e-book: 978-1-55221-415-2

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