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Introducing the DVD Collection


The Law, Lawyers & Popular Culture DVD Collection, informally known as Lex Populi, consists of feature films and documentaries in all genres. However, for a DVD to be included in the collection, it must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Contains a significant trial scene;
  • Has a lawyer as a significant character;
  • Focuses on a current legal “hot topic;”
  • Explores a socio-legal theme; or,
  • Depicts a story about the law, legal systems, or legal education.


To find a movie by title, click on the alphabetical tabs from the drop-down menu bar.

You also can search the InfoHawk Catalog by title, keyword, or subject.

Adobe Acrobat PDF document Instructions for searching the "Law Film, Law, Lawyers & Popular Culture" DVD collection.


Circulation of the DVD collection is limited to members of the law school community (law students, faculty, and staff). Users may borrow up to three DVDs at one time, for a period of seven days. DVDs are checked out from Special Services in Room 130. When leaving the library, users must have circulation staff hand the DVDs around the security gate. DVDs must be returned only to the Circulation Desk or Special Services in Room 130.


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The Paper Chase

In 1973, the sleeper film of John Jay Osborn, Jr.’ s novel, The Paper Chase, became a surprise hit and the quintessential law school movie.

Timothy Bottoms portrays James T. Hart, a bright, eager, Midwestern, first-year Harvard law student who struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of a stern professor.

John Houseman plays Professor Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr., a fearfully intimidating, ego-deflating contract law instructor, of which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Houseman later went on to reprise the role in a television series of the same name.

Before she became famous as The Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner was cast as Susan, the attractive daughter of Professor Kingsfield and the fateful romantic interest of Hart.

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The Paper Chase
Synopsis: A first-year law student struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of a stern professor. -
Release: 1973
Genre: Drama Comedy
Cast: Timothy Bottoms Lindsay Wagner John Houseman
Director: James Bridges
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The Paper Chase
Synopsis: A TV Series about a bunch of Law students, their everyday lives and their effort to make it through Law School. Hart, Ford, Bell and the rest of them have to face Kingsfield, the most feared of professors but they are determined to study hard and eventually get their diploma. -
Release: 1978 - 1986
Genre: Television/TV Series Drama
Cast: John Houseman James Stephens Tom Fitzsimmons

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