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Resources for researching Law & Popular Culture
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New in LPOP

Feel free to check out the new additions to the IIT Chicago-Kent Law Library's  Law in Popular Culture Collection (LPOP), located on the 9th floor behind the circulation desk.

Click on any title to check its availability in the Library catalog.

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The Client
Call Number: PN 1997 .C55 2009

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Michael Clayton
Call Number: PN 1997.2 .M53 2008

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Runaway Jury
Call Number: PN 1997 .Z9 R86 2004

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Ghosts of Mississippi
Call Number: PN 1997 .G44 2000

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The Chamber
Call Number: PN 1997 .C43 1998

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A Time to Kill
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .D4 T54 1997

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Absence of Malice
Call Number: PN 1997 .A28 1981


Law and Popular Culture

How do movies or television shows affect how the average American views and understands the legal system?  Conversely, how has pop culture changed the way lawyers structure and present arguments? 

Research into the intersection between law and popular culture--not only the way the law is perceived but also how lawyers are perceived--is increasingly important in an age where Americans are both watching more TV and movies and filing more lawsuits.  This guide provides books and articles useful in researching law and popular culture, as well as resources to find other related information. 

Popular culture materials can also be effective tools in the classroom.  For example, a law professor might show My Cousin Vinny in class to demonstrate courtroom procedure, including voir dire, cross-examination and trial strategy.  The Library houses movies, including all 25 of ABA Journal's Greatest Legal Movies, and popular books written by lawyers or about the law, in the special Law in Popular Collection on the 9th floor.  Check them out!

Other Useful LPOP Guides

Other law libraries have published useful guides to researching law and popular culture.  Take a look at the following websites for more information.

  • University of Texas Law & Popular Culture Collection  
    The University of Texas at Austin houses one of the most extensive law & popular culture collections in the United States. Its LPOP research guides, including a lengthy bibliography on lawyers in pop culture, are equally extensive.
  • University of Washington: Law on TV, Video, and Film
    A comprehensive guide on locating information about the law as represented in television and movies. This guide also contains information about documentaries and instructional videos, and even Court TV (now truTV).
  • New York Law School Visual Persuasion Project
    The Visual Persuasion Project was designed to highlight the effect of the digital era on the practice, theory, and teaching of law. This section of the Project focuses specifically on law and popular culture studies.

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