My Favorite Legal Movies

Let’s be honest, we all like a good movie. Movies about our chosen profession or passion add that much more interest. I love a good legal movie. I like to sit and comment on the realistic, or unrealistic, image of the legal profession that the movie portrays. Below is a list (in no particular order) of some of my favorite movies that involve the law, lawyers, or some legal element.

Best Legal Movies

  1. Goodfellas
  2. Mrs. Doubtfire
  3. Liar, Liar
  4. A Time to Kill
  5. War of the Roses
  6. Intolerable Cruelty
  7. Kramer v. Kramer
  8. Devil’s Advocate
  9. The Client
  10. My Cousin Vinny
  11. Chicago
  12. 12 Angry Men
  13. Philadelphia
  14. Erin Brockovich
  15. To Kill a Mocking Bird
  16. A Few Good Men
  17. People v. Larry Flint

On a side note, People v. Larry Flint is not something to watch with children in the vicinity of the TV, maybe not even in the house. This is something for adults only – think Wolf of Wall Street.

Fun facts: I lived in Hinkley, California – down the street from the PG&E plant that contaminated the ground water in Hinkley. I know many of the extras in the film and my little sister got to meet the real Erin Brockovich. The movie was filmed while I was in middle school (I attended Hinkley Elementary/Middle School). Now, my family and I were very fortunate that we were not affected by the contamination and only lived in Hinkley for about one and a half years. We were able to continue going to that school after moving as part of a school of choice program through the district. Our parents kept us there because it offered a bilingual program – my sisters and I are fluent in Spanish because of this amazing program.

Movies are great and can transport us to different places and times. They can help us get away from it all. I realize that I might be doing something wrong because, as I look at this list, I realize that seven of the movies have a little something (if not the whole movie) to do with family law.

If you have not seen one, some, or any, of the movies on this list, I highly recommend that you do!

 

Study? Please, I Ain’t Got Time for That!

I sincerely hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend! This weekend I networked, had a “mom vacation” (you know – where you lock yourself in the bathroom and look at Pinterest), worked on the blog, worked just a little, did the usual chores, dealt with a leak in the air conditioner, made memories with the family, and studied.

Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love

Yes, for the first time in forever, I won’t be alone I studied. I am not quite sure where June went (or May for that matter); but I do know I did not do a darn thing to prepare for the CP Exam … dun, dun, dun. I was listening to a podcast while ironing this weekend. They kept doing this sound effect and now it is stuck in my head.

Not only did I take the Ethics practice exam online, which I passed by the by, but I also reviewed chapter 4 of the Review Manual (analytical thinking). While I absolutely will not disclose the questions on the practice exam, I will say, I do not always agree with the answer. I find this to be true of the Communications and Ethics portions that I took. More specifically with regards to handling conversations between paralegals and other staff members.

I am not one for excuses, so I cannot say I did worse today on the chapter 4 test than the first time I took it because of my boys. Actual reasons are completely acceptable – like I could not check the emails because the internet was down. Potty training, watching Super Mario Bros., and general cuddling and question asking from my boys, all while I was studying was avoidable. I could have gone to a secure location (AKA my bedroom with the door locked), or waited for them to fall asleep like I did for the Ethics test, but they are only young for a short while.

I am working on re-committing myself to study for the exam. I only have until September and would like to actually pass (at least one of the five parts). My new study plan includes actually getting out of bed when my alarm goes off at 5:10 am. If Mary Kay could do it – so can I! I figure that this will allow me a few uninterrupted moments to study before beginning my day. Fingers crossed!

Share your weekend activities and study plans in the comments!

Mottos I Live By

  • Work hard and be nice
  • Fake it till you make it
  • I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed
  • Veni, vidi, vici (Julius Caesar)
  • It is what it is
  • Only the gentle are ever really strong (James Dean)
  • Don’t worry, be happy
  • She needed a hero, so that is what she became
  • Go to your happy place (mine is shopping)
  • You do you, Boo Boo
  • It’s not for me to judge
  • Love is not love which alters when it altercation finds (Shakespeare)

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