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12 movies with pivotal lessons featuring lawyers

So while no real-life courtroom may be run like a movie courtroom, there are plenty of deeper truths woven into screenplays and plenty of lessons to be learned—even when we’re looking for entertainment, not an education.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a collection of pivotal movie scenes that have useful takeaways for lawyers. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

(Warning: Spoilers abound.)

You can browse through the photo gallery to see every entry, or select from the alphabetical list below:

Absence of Malice (1981)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

And Justice for All (1979)

The Castle (1997)

I Am Sam (2001)

Legally Blonde (2001)

Malice (1993)

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Philadelphia (1993)

A Time to Kill (1996)

True Grit (2010)

The Verdict (1982)


Illustration by Stephen Webster

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