James R. Elkins


Tuesday, August 20, 2013: Getting Started

Nine Reasons to Study Lawyer Films

Thirteen Quotes

Reading Lawyer Films

A Lawyer Film Genre


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Adams Rib" (1949)

Instructor's Notes

Running Time: 1 hr. 40 mins.



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Instructor's Resources


[Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.]

"Reading" Lawyer Films
On the assumption that you are continuing to orient yourself to the work of reading and writing about lawyer films, please read: "The Humanist Approach" in Tim Bywater & Thomas Sobchack, Introduction to Film Criticism: Major Critical Appraoches to Narrative Film 24-46 (New York: Longman, 1989)


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962)

The "Rotten Tomatoes" website is a useful source of reviews of the film and to secure names of the characters.


Instructor's Notes

[Running Time: 2 hrs. 10 mins.]

[Running Time: 2 hrs. 10 mins.]

A Lawyer Film Genre? On film genre, and the question as to whether there is a lawyer film genre: Genre

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Music Box" (1989)

Instructor's Note

[Running Time: 2hrs. 6 mins.]

Reading: Rennard Strickland, Bringing Bogie Out of the Courtroom Clost: Law and Lawyers in Film [on-line text]

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"The Castle" (1997)









Instructor's Notes



Tuesday, October 1, 2013


"The Sweet Hereafter" (1997)

Instructor's Web Resources

Assigned Reading:
Austin Sarat, Imagining the Law of the Father: Loss, Dread, and Mourning in The Sweet Hereafter, 34 Law & Soc'y Rev. 3 (2000)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"And Justice for All" (1979)


Instructor's Notes

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Michael Clayton" (2007

[running time: 119 mins.]


Instructor's Web Resource


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Primal Fear" (1996)

[running time: 130 mins.]



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"Nuts" (1987)



 Instructor's Notes