Welcome to part two of Hastings & Hastings list of our favorite legal movies. In our last post we highlighted two classic legal movies: To Kill a Mockingbird and 12 Angry Men. Today’s post will have more of a modern flair! Remember, legal movies rarely accurately depict how the law is interpreted and applied in real life. While they are fun, informative and engaging, you should never derive legal advice from movies.
Considered by many to be the authoritative movie about law school, this 1973 classic follows a first-year Harvard law student named James T. Hart. James learns that law school is a world unlike any other. Here, reputations can rise and fall in the span of a single class period. He works tirelessly to earn the approval of one Harvard’s most stern professors, one Charles K. Kingfield. Things become complicated when his personal life starts interfering with his life as a student.
In Erin Brockovich we learn that things aren’t always as they appear. Erin Brockovich is a paralegal and a single mother. She senses that something suspicious is afoot in regards to a local real estate case. She begins a dogged and relentless investigation. Her investigation leads to one of the largest class action suits ever filled as she discovers illegal toxic waste dumping.
Legally Blonde is a smash hit comedy about Elle Woods, a former sorority girl turned brilliance law school student. Elle, a prime and pretty fashion obsessed girl attempted to win back her boyfriend by attending law school. She takes the LSAT and achieves one of the highest scores possible. This starts her on the path towards a surprising legal career. Her intelligence, determination, optimism, and unique perspective help her defy expectations wherever she goes.