This month’s issue of the ABA Journal featured The 25 Greatest Fictional Lawyers (Who are Not Atticus Finch). Some are interesting, like Vincent “Vinny” Gambini from My Cousin Vinny, but they took the lazy road of handing out honors to pretty much every hour-long prime time legal show, including Law & Order, Boston Legal, L.A. Law and Ally McBeal.
They could have dug a little deeper and come up with a much more interesting list. So here you have it: the Ten Greatest Fictional Lawyers Overlooked by the ABA Journal (none of whom are Elle Woods).
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Law schools coast-to-coast are buzzing with the news that the American Bar Association just passed a resolution holding that “law schools may now require students to take and pass bar exam prep courses given by the schools prior to graduation.” Under previous rules, law schools could not technically require successful completion of such courses for graduation. Reports have stated that the “measure passed on an overwhelming voice vote,” with proponents explaining that “the new rule will assist schools in improving the bar pass rates of their students.”
Reports have not confirmed, however, which aspect of this new ruling is more disturbing—the fact that it will likely make the process of getting a law degree even more expensive, or the fact that law schools nationwide apparently need to be forced by legislative action to teach their students some actual law. [ABA Journal]