Alex Connolly

Alex grew up in NYC and studied philosophy and literature at Stanford. He subscribes to several esteemed publications like the New York Times and the New Yorker, but he usually just skips to the movie sections. He loves to write about movies and TV, especially of the courtroom drama variety.

As a teacher, he’s been all over the map, from Los Angeles, to Pasadena, to Hollywood. He’s also taught in Colombia (country not school) and Ethiopia, whose government deported Alex in 2009 when they (erroneously) suspected him of trying to start a revolution.

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The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: Compulsion (1959)

There are so many great lawyer movies. Which ones are the best? That’s what I’m trying to find out. This week, I watched…

Compulsion
1959 dir. Richard Fleischer

“Compulsion” is a fictionalization of the 1924 murder of Robert Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.

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The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: The Paper Chase

For this week’s edition of The Greatest Lawyer Movie of All Time, I decided to check out the 1973 film “The Paper Chase,” which can currently be streamed on Amazon. Unlike the other movies on our list, this isn’t a courtroom drama. Instead, it’s about a first year law student’s struggle to pass Contract Law. If that doesn’t exactly sound like a thriller to you, you’re only sort of right.

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…And Justice for All

It’s time for the second installment of our new series, The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time, in which I review great courtroom dramas in no particular order. This week, on the advice of a student, I wanted to watch “A Few Good Men.” But in the end, I just couldn’t handle the truth. And by the truth, I mean paying $12.99. Why no rental option, iTunes? I need a Blockbuster right about now.

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The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: 12 Angry Men

The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time As you’re studying for the LSAT, you often find yourself needing a break. But taking breaks, especially if your test date is approaching, can tear you up with guilt. There’s a simple solution: watch a lawyer movie! Courtroom dramas provide escapist entertainment but, since they technically have to

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The LSAT 6-Month Study Plan

Now that it’s April, the June LSAT is fast approaching. The next test after that in September seems pretty far off. Some students may want to start preparing early, though. Trying to cram all of the material on the LSAT into a few weeks of studying can be very overwhelming. Some prefer to space the process out. For those folks, here is a template to help guide your studying over a six month period.

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You are not (entirely) an LSAT score.

A few weeks ago, we published a post about Wake Forest’s attempt to start admitting students with GRE scores instead of LSAT scores. At the time, the motives behind the effort seemed at least somewhat suspect. Law schools are ranked, in large part, according to the LSAT scores of their admitted students, so by padding out their numbers with GRE-takers, a school could be more selective among its LSAT applicants, thus improving their numbers and climbing the rankings.

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Making A Lawyer-er

When you’re studying for the LSAT, you have to maintain a good work-work balance. Like, don’t spend all your time studying for the Reading Comprehension section. Also study for Logic Games. Don’t spend all your time doing practice tests. Also spend time perseverating about your time management. Balance.

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Ready Player 1

If you’re thinking about taking the LSAT in June, you may feel like you’re in limbo at the moment. Prep classes don’t start for a while, but the LSAT is a beast that can take months to master. So what can you do in the meantime to prepare?

Of course, you can start studying for the test now to get a head start on class. This might be a particularly good idea if you know you won’t have a ton of time to study in the two months leading up to the exam.