Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Teaching Lawyering Skills with Classic Films

Kudos to Kelly Lynn Anders (Creighton University Law School) for her book, “Advocacy to Zealousness: Learning Lawyering Skills from Classic Films” (Carolina Academic Press). The book lists 26 skills that each lawyer should develop. In addition to offering a brief discussion of the skill, the book summarizes a film associated with the skill. It then offers discussion questions about the film and a list of brief exercises that the reader can use to improve on the skills.

Here are a few examples of skills and the movies that the book pairs with them:

Questioning: Inherit the Wind

Loyalty: The Paradine Case

Empathy: Gentleman’s Agreement

Compassion: To Kill a Mockingbird

Versatility: The Man who Shot Liberty Valance

 This is a very creative book and a boon to those of us who are addicted to Turner Classic Movies.


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Teaching law through movies is an innovative idea. The better detail presentation and picturize could well indeed create an impact on a person's mind.

Posted by: Bennet_Marky | Jul 22, 2012 11:40:10 PM

I am an Ethiopian citizen and instructor at one of the accredited universities of the country ,namely Mekelle University department of law.On the top of this,I am an attorney at the Legal Aid Center of the university where underrepresented part of the society specially disabled persons ,HIV/AIDS affected persons,children ,women and the like get counseling and exhaustive representation before court of law ,and where clinical courses are delivered to enable the students to have excellent knowledge both in the theory and the practice so as to realize the dream of the society and theirs.Thus, to actualize the mission of the center lawyering skill is of prime importance.Therefore,I am curious to get your support .N.B I would be glade if you invite me to participate in some training ,if any.

Posted by: Halefom Eyasu | Mar 1, 2012 9:15:11 PM

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