6 Films Every Law Student Must Watch

Happy Monday, people! This is fifth in a series of weekly articles for students. The series features articles recommending the best films based on a particular academic subject. It is incredible how much more fun academics get when blended with entertainment and the following list will prove it. In the previous edition, we had a blast from the past, with a list of films every history student must watch.

This week, let's get a little serious. It's time to apply the law and abide by it. Law students, as you learn the laws and practice your skills, it is also a good idea for you to watch some courtroom dramas. The recently released Jolly LLB 2 received great reviews. That's because everybody enjoys a courtroom drama every now and then. They are intense, gripping, dialogue-based and can also be really moving. Here's a list of six such films.

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
This film is said to be the greatest courtroom drama ever. A lawyer living in a racist town sets out to defend a black man, who is accused of raping a white woman. I'm sure you can guess the magnitude of this uphill challenge.

12 Angry Men (1957)
While this film wasn't shot in a courtroom with a judge, defendant, etc., this is about a jury and is entirely shot in one room. In a seemingly obvious murder trial, a juror begins to ask some real questions. This classic is a must-watch for anybody.

The Verdict (1982)
Paul Newman plays Frank, a lawyer who sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. And oh, he's an alcoholic himself.

Pink (2016)
Bollywood's very own Pink was easily one of the best films last year. You better have seen this already.

A Few Good Men (1992)
Starring an ensemble cast of Tom CruiseJack NicholsonDemi MooreKevin Bacon and others, the film revolves around the court-martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyers as they prepare a case to defend their clients.

…And Justice For All (1979)
Al Pacino plays a lawyer who is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent. This film is "out of order"!

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