Researching Legal Careers

The Researching Legal Careers guide points to resources about general career planning and covers career specialties such as elder law or tax law. You can also learn about business etiquette and how to interview successfully. Look for it under the library’s Guides tab.

Check it Out: Ally McBeal

Calista Flockhart plays Ally McBeal, a 28-year-old Harvard Law School grad whose former college friend hires her at his prestigious law firm. Things get complicated when she finds out that her first love and his wife also work at the firm. The Emmy-winning program introduced its audience to dancing babies, unisex bathrooms and the word “wattle.” The television series focused on the romantic and personal lives of the eccentric lawyers at the fictional, Boston firm of “Cage, Fish & Associates.” Check out the complete first season of Ally McBeal from the law library.

Check it Out: Runaway Jury

In Runaway Jury a widow sues a gun manufacturer after her husband is killed in a shooting accident. When the case is set to go to trial, the gun manufacturer tries to manipulate the jury selection so that it can guarantee the results of the trial. It is not not however the only one trying to manipulate the jury in this film version of John Grisham’s novel.

Check it Out: Presumed Innocent

Philadelphia Prosecutor Rusty Sabich (Harrison Ford) is having an affair with his coworker until she is murdered. When he is asked to lead the investigation, he finds that the evidence points to him and he is put on trial for the murder. Check out Presumed Innocent from the law library and watch this film version of Scott Turow’s courtroom novel.

Check it Out: Michael Clayton

A powerful New York law firm calls in its “fixer,” attorney Michael Clayton (George Clooney), when their top litigator turns whistleblower in a multi-billion dollar case. Check out Michael Clayton from the law library and watch as Clayton must choose between ethics and loyalty.

Check it Out: Suspect

In Suspect a judge commits suicide and his secretary is murdered. Public Defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) is assigned to defend the homeless deaf mute who is accused of murdering the secretary. Riley begins her search for the real killer and gets help from lobbyist juror, Eddie Sanger (Dennis Quaid), and the closer they get to the truth the higher the corruption goes.


Check it Out: The Client

In The Client, based on the John Grisham novel, an 11-year-old boy (Brad Renfro) witnesses the confession and suicide of a mob lawyer. With the mob after him and a federal attorney (Tommy Lee Jones) who wants him to tell everything he knows, he must find a way to protect himself. He hires attorney Reggie Love (Susan Sarandon), who puts her career and life on the line to help him.

Law Firms and Social Media

Steven Matthews has a great post on Slaw (Canada’s online legal magazine) on how law firms fail at social media. His observations (along with his recommendations) should be required reading for anyone thinking of using social media to advance their legal practice.

Pro Bono Net

Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Their website holds a wealth of information, from free webinars and guides to job and pro bono opportunities.

New ICC Prosecutor Sworn In

Fatou Bensouda was recently sworn in as the new Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court in the Hague replacing Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Bensouda is a native of The Gambia and formerly served as its Solicitor General and Minister of Justice. She graduated from law school in Nigeria and holds a Masters of Laws from the International Maritime Institute in Malta. Read a recent interview with the new Prosecutor.