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Many of you are aware about our taste for antitrust videos. In previous posts we commented on “The Informant” and on the OFT’s own production, we awarded Chilling Competition’s Antitrust Oscars, and we brought to you the wonderful classic”The Raid“.  Many of those posts rank high in our list of most visited posts, so there are reasons to believe that you share our “geek” taste for these movies.

Our “Friday Slot” guests also seem to be fans of legal movies.  In the interviews published so far some of them have confessed that legal movies rank among their favorites [e.g. "12 Angry Men" (Eric Gippini Fournier); "12 Angry Men", "Philadelphia" and "The Verdict" (Johan Ysewyn), or "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Maurits Dolmans)].

The American Bar Association has a list of the 25 Greatest Legal Movies of all times [headed by "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "12 Angry Men", which reveals that Maurits', Eric's and Johan's taste for movies is not as original as their legal constructions ;) ] Other websites have posted lists of the top-15 film/TV lawyers in history. The image that oursiders sometimes have from our job is often dictated by these movies and these characters. Whether or not they portray reality is generally a contentious issue. I went to Harvard Law School thinking that it would be like in “Legally Blonde” (I even died my hair and let it grow…here is the evidence), but it actually was closer to the scary “The Paper Chase“. Actually, it didn’t ressemble any of them. But it didn’t ressemble “The Social Network”s constant drunk partying neither..

Nowadays the good stuff has moved from the big screens to the TV. There’s a surprising number of “legal” TV series (see here for a list).  Not having ever watched most of them, I have to confess that I’ve a clear favorite: The Good Wife. For the past couple of months watching an episode (sometimes a couple, sometimes even one or two more…) has been a late-night vice routine. I know for a fact that other competiton lawyers are going through the same problem right now with this series. I even know someone in the US who called in sick the day the last season was released in DVD and watched the whole thing in one day. Maybe that was a bit too much, but you really should watch it. I’m now done with all available episosed and opened to suggestions for a new series. Anyone?

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Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

16 May 2012 at 6:42 pm

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  1. Breaking Bad’s Better Call Saul from season 2. Great result for the client if not for the law… http://www.bettercallsaul.com/

    Aoife White

    16 May 2012 at 6:59 pm

  2. There is an outstanding look into the american criminal procedure in The Wire. Highly recommended.

    Judrino

    16 May 2012 at 9:03 pm

  3. Good wife is really nice. The wire is superb, but a bit more remote from the courtroom drama.

    Hans Zenger

    16 May 2012 at 9:40 pm

  4. 100% with Judrino and Hans. The Wire is awesome on criminal proceedings, detection techniques, etc. An absolute must see. Unrelated to law, but a very good discovery: Games of Thrones.

    Nicolas Petit

    16 May 2012 at 10:47 pm

    • “Weeds” very funny related to unlawful behaviour not law, but great.

      Camila Ringeling

      17 May 2012 at 4:26 pm


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